The Best Overlooked Albums
BY Advocate Contributors
November 14 2011 5:00 AM ET
Dirigible Ego, Entanglement(Dirigible Ego)
This three-man indie rock band (one bi, one straight, one gay) is the hit of Boston, and no wonder: The trio’s easy mix of rock, new wave, and raunchy humor (“Your Beard’s on Fire” is a surefire queer hit) is a great playlist addition.
Marc Almond, Feasting With Panthers (Ais)
This three-CD set pairs Soft Cell’s Marc Almond with composer Michael Cashmore setting poems from Jean Genet, Rimbaud, Jeremy Reed, and others to music with haunting melodies and stories of love and loss.
Socalled, Sleepover (Mb3 Records)
This gay Canadian rapper-pianist has a supporting cast of 34 musicians, making for a fascinating musical slumber party effect.
Holcombe Waller, Into the Dark Unknown (Napoleon Records)
Waller’s a gay wanderer known for his breathtaking vocal stylings, and on this album his voice makes even the tiniest kernel of an idea sound like a multilayered emotional journey.
Camille Bloom and the Recovery, Never Out of Time (Camille Bloom)
The genre-straddling lesbian singer-songwriter earns comparisons to Melissa Etheridge or Gwen Stefani—unlikely musical bedfellows though they’d be. Eight different TV shows have optioned works from this album alone.