Jobriath is one of the best glam albums. Period. It has also been one of the most criminally unheard. Fortunately, with re-issues and a documentary, rock’s self-proclaimed “truest fairy” has garnered the notoriety and appreciation he sadly never received in his lifetime.
First and foremost, “Take Me I’m Yours” and “I’m a Man” are absolute classics. The first is a swirling, universal epic of love between submission and domination. the second is an affirmation of queer masculinity in the face of norms, through the treatment of an extremely strong and emotive vocal and alternation between baroque piano epic guitars.
The other songs weave an excellent tapestry of familiar topics. Glamour, space, film, love, and loss all populate expertly written and played songs. Some are sweet, slow ballads, and others are blistering rockers. Great balance. Taken on their own, each song is very strong, and their order makes for a strong and cohesive, if seemingly discordant, album.
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