The crop of new albums that have landed in stores and invaded our eardrums so far this year has exceeded our wildest expectations, and then some.
The Albumism staff has selected what we believe to be 50 Essential Albums by LGBTQ Artists, representing a varied cross-section of genres, styles and time periods.
Despite bearing the name ‘The Cure,’ the band’s twelfth studio affair sounds the least like them among any of their LPs, offering proof that the wrong producer can really damage an album.
While KRS-One & BDP sought to define what hip-hop culture was on ‘By All Means Necessary’ (1988), they’re more concerned with its preservation throughout their third studio affair.
This album meant so much to so many at the time of its release, an ushering in of a welcome frivolity that had been absent in music for so long.
Prince’s ascendancy into the stratosphere of pop and funk royalty seemed pre-destined prior to the arrival of ‘Purple Rain,’ but its brilliance solidified what all of us had rightfully expected.
‘Originals’ reinforces the Purple One’s reputation as not just the most prolific, but also as the greatest all-around artist of his generation, hands down. Not that we needed to be reminded.
Rakei’s third long player is a record that deserves your time and space to flourish on the best sounding system and format you have.
For Madonna in 2019, ‘Madame X’ is an intimidation tactic for the detractors and new kids on the block, a boastful display of modern pop might at the expense of anything else.
When Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album succeeds, it uses themes of cowboys and the West to come to an understanding of humanity, rather than simply replicating its tropes.
“‘Is It Even You?’ is definitely the most honest song I’ve ever written and released,” Lewis explains. “It’s about feeling like you’ve lost a friend who’s standing right beside you.”
“No One’s Easy To Love” is the latest track lifted from Van Etten’s fifth studio album ‘Remind Me Tomorrow,’ in stores now.
“You Need To Calm Down” is the second single to be unveiled from Swift’s forthcoming seventh studio album ‘Lover,’ which arrives August 23rd.
Bailey’s new album ‘Love Will Find A Way’ features collaborations with Bilal, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Kamasi Washington and will.i.am, among others.
“I was a lesson in recording history in how you become successful when you come from the jazz world, which was not commercially successful,” Benson explains.
“I just go for it because you never know what tomorrow is gonna bring,” Houston proclaims. “New experiences help to keep things fresh. That’s what I’m doing, and I’m enjoying it.”
“The music is rough, and it’s raw,” the Everclear frontman says of his forthcoming debut solo album. “It’s more about the songs. It sounds like a classic record. That’s what I dig about it.”
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“We build relationships with albums,” Levine explains. “That’s what I want to write about.”
“For as long as I can remember, music and writing have been integral parts of my life,” Matthew explains.