Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2014 Ratings: #89 / 995
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 216 ratings
2014 Ratings: #114
Liked by 7 people
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Total Treble / Label
Laura Jane Grace / Producer / Website
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It’s such a stunning and important stamp on popular rock music that it completely validates all the attention and anticipation it has gotten.


Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a perfect storm of great songwriting paired with some timely, frank admissions from Grace. 


The trick of the album is how the music -- simple, hookier than most Against Me! music -- sells the story, underscoring the universal elements of this very specific story. 

A.V. Club

Although wrapped in a vague, overarching storyline about a transgender prostitute, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is the strong, strident sound of a heart-on-sleeve artist owning her newfound epiphany.


Laura Jane Grace has penned not only an album of exquisitely realised, achingly charming rock songs but she has also cemented herself as one of the most vital, intriguing, engaging voices in modern punk rock.


Once it all sinks in, the self-released approach, scrapped-together band, and 29-minute running time should only shock those who expected this to be a huge statement by Grace on anyone's terms but her own.


We may want to make Grace a symbol of something, take her struggle with identity and expression and render it a simplified abstraction, but this rollicking, excellent rock record wants none of that. It’s a physical sound, a visceral set of emotions, a complicated set of fears and hopes to grapple with.

Consequence of Sound

Transgender Dysphoria Blues will be remembered as a milestone not because it’s the first widely known punk record performed by a trans woman, but because it brandishes a genre saturated by empty, male-centered politics to broadcast the most punk statements possible: Fuck the haters, be who you are, hold fast to those who love you.

Drowned in Sound

Transgender Dysphoria Blues demands a more visceral reaction than mere respect. These songs have just as much heart as they do guts, and the LP stands as Against Me!’s first forward looking album since Searching For A Former Clarity.


It's still a great, short, raw blast of a melodic punk album, one that may not be a classic but is sure a lot of cathartic fun to listen to today.


Against Me!’s sixth album, however, is not simply music to carve an apple bong to. It tackles singer Laura Jane Grace’s recent transition from male to female, and also encompasses death, drug addiction and fascism - but you can totally still skank to it.

true trans soul rebel brings me to my knees EVERY fucking time. god what an album, i will never forgive fantano for giving it a 5
I am a pretty punk rock trans woman named laura so yeah of course im gonna fucking love this
happy Transgender Day of Visibility, everyone! to all my trans friends on this site who may be reading this rn, ik u may not need to hear it from me, but u are seen, valid, and loved! and while i, a (mostly) straight, cis guy don't have much to offer besides undying support and championing for y'all, i thought i'd commemorate today by talking abt one of my favorite albums ever; Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!

i was vaguely familiar with Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! prior to when ... read more
The title track is easily one of the best LGBTQ anthems of the past ten years, and the rest of the album is nothing to scoff at either. This album is bold, courageous, and unapologetic with its message. Trans rights!
This album makes my trans heart wanna go fucking feral
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Added on: December 13, 2013