Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2014 Ratings: #78 / 1041
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 449 ratings
2014 Rank: #95
Liked by 80 people
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Total Treble / Label
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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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

The Needle Drop

While Against Me! might have a renewed sense of purpose in its focus on transgender topics, the band's instrumentation hasn't been exciting since As The Eternal Cowboy.


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


blåhaj music


if you don't feel emotions listening to 'True Trans Soul Rebel' you may not have a pulse


I love you Laura Jane Grace


This album is very special to me. Fuckmylife666 is one of my most listened songs ever, and to this day this album holds a special place in my heart for the emotions and passion that Laura brings on this project. While it's nothing majorly transformative in terms of musicality, the raw emotions really elevate this album above its standard punk sound.
Objective: 3/5
Subjective: 4.75/5

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Added on: December 13, 2013