Written By: Laurie Ann
You might know Tyler Glenn better as the lead vocalist and keyboardist from the rock group Neon Trees, but just recently Tyler came out with his own debut solo album! On October 21st, Excommunication was released. Excommunication can definitely be considered Tyler’s coming out album, as he boldly talks about his sexuality, as well as his separation from the Mormon church.
I absolutely loved listening to Tyler’s album, and recommend listening to it from beginning to end (in that order). Tyler tells his story through upbeat alternative pop sounds. He begins the album with the first few songs about embracing his sexuality and making a point that he wont change. In the chorus of the second song of the album, “G.D.M.M.L. Girls”, which stands for God Didn’t Make Me Like Girls, he exclaims “God didn’t give me alternatives; when he put me on the earth, God didn’t make me like girls.” Later on in the album, in the song “Midnight“, Tyler really renounces his faith with the Mormon God. This is one of my favorite songs on the album, because of the soulful background and the fact that Tyler really blows his pipes on this one. I also think it is one of the boldest and bravest songs on the album. “God, I can never be like you. I can’t change, I can’t change, and I don’t want to. I’ve been on the run so I’m not coming Sunday, it’s alright. I’ll probably talk to you at midnight.” This piece of the chorus is so powerful, and really pushes his bravery.
If you are looking for an album that makes a statement, Excommunication is definitely it! I’d recommend this album for anyone who’s internally battling with their sexuality, because or not because of their religion. The last song on the album, “Devil”, dives deep in finding yourself and being okay with who you are. “I found myself when I lost my faith,” is my favorite line from the album. Tyler let go of something in order to come to terms with himself. I believe that if everyone followed in his footsteps, coming out, as difficult as it may be (I know from experience), might be just an inch easier. I wish Tyler released communication during my coming out years.