Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2014 Ratings: #84 / 855
Year End Rank: #21
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Based on 169 ratings
2014 Ratings: #256
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
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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.

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I am a pretty punk rock trans woman named laura so yeah of course im gonna fucking love this
perfect eye opening record to the queer culture in punk rock, and the title track especially shows the struggles faced even in an inclusive scene.
MWE #18

TDB is a god damn masterpiece. Laura's sense of melody, her flawless vocals, and crisp riffs make for the perfect punk album. The content feels emblematic of the trans experience and should cut deep for those who go through such things. You just feel it in your soul.
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!
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Track List

  1. Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  2. True Trans Soul Rebel
  3. Unconditional Love
  4. Drinking with the Jocks
  5. Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ
  7. Dead Friend
  8. Two Coffins
  9. Paralytic States
  10. Black Me Out  
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