Editor’s Note: 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. Considering that the qualifier “LGBTQ” can often be open to various interpretations, for the purposes of this particular list, we have defined an artist as LGBTQ if he, she or they have ever publicly identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer. Moreover, albums by groups have been included in the list if any of their members fit the aforementioned criteria, even if some members do not.
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BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT | Choreography
Selected by Quentin Harrison
Welsh singer and writer Rod Thomas—rechristened Bright Light Bright Light for performance purposes—unleashed his third album Choreography on an unsuspecting populace in the summer of 2016. A loosely based concept record that draws its imagination from memorable dance breaks from notable 1980s and 1990s films, the long player uses that thematic guise to yield excellent songs that showcase his awesome ability to apply classic melodic devices to contemporary production. Choreography remains the high mark of Thomas’ canon thus far.