In recent years, former Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan has undergone a very public crisis of faith. Before Sufjan Stevens, Bazan's band was Christian rock's best-received ambassador among secular hipsters. With 2009's "Curse Your Branches," he poked, prodded and wrestled evangelical concepts that no longer seemed clear and easy.

In recent years, former Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan has undergone a very public crisis of faith. Before Sufjan Stevens, Bazan's band was Christian rock's best-received ambassador among secular hipsters. With 2009's "Curse Your Branches," he poked, prodded and wrestled evangelical concepts that no longer seemed clear and easy.

"Strange Negotiations," Bazan's latest offering, continues in that vein. The album's immensely affecting indie rock derives its power not from gimmicks and trends but plainspoken insights, rich arrangements and devastating delivery.

Cotton Jones opens Bazan's show Saturday at The Basement.