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Rollercoaster is the official debut album of pop rock-dance artist Jim Verraros. It was released by independent label Koch Records on April 26, 2005. Several of the album's songs had been featured on a previous release by Verraros, titled Unsaid and Understood, which had acted as a demo album. Unsaid and Understood had been self-released in 2003, a year after Verraros placed ninth on American Idol's first season, and had drawn the attention of Koch Records, which proceeded to sign Verraros. Gabe Lopez produced Unsaid and Understood as well as Rollercoaster. He also provided backing vocals and played several instruments on both albums. Among Rollercoaster's other background vocalists is Angela Peel, who made it to the semi-finals on American Idol, during the same season as Verraros. Verraros had publicly come out as gay the year before releasing Unsaid and Understood and was the only openly gay finalist from American Idol at the time of Rollercoaster's release. He performed many of the songs on Rollercoaster at gay clubs and at pride events. All of the songs on the album avoid using pronouns, and the album was noted for including lyrics that allude to both gay bashing and gay sex.