Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2014 Ratings: #77 / 841
Year End Rank: #21
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2014 Ratings: #254
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Total Treble / Label
Laura Jane Grace / Producer / Website
Your Review



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.

Nov 9, 2016
all sounds exactly the same
Oct 31, 2016
While much of the style of this album isn't very 'fresh' for them the lyrical content is personal and drew me to them. Songs like 'dead friends' will tear you apart. This was the first against me! album that I really listened to and now they are one of my favorite bands!
Jan 18, 2016
TDB carries a very interesting backstory and it's hard to dissociate it from the album. It is a brutally honest and personal record coming from Laura Jane Grace after her transition. But even if you manage to pull this aside for a minute, the album marks the absolute peak to the long and tumultuous career of Against Me!. One of the most important and highly relistenable album of this decade.
Best track: Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Nov 25, 2015
One of the rawest outings by Against Me! Some of these songs are about as punk rock as they get with a topic that is still touchy, as transgenderism is often put in the shadow of LGBT rights. In just 29 minutes, we see a lifetime of Laura Jane Grace's ongoing struggle of coming out as a woman, and a well-deserved smack in the face to bro/frat culture.
Jan 3, 2015
This album provides some of the most vital and engaging punk songs of this year. The lyrics are engrossing and the short 29 minute span of the album provides added incentive for replay.
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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  
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, philthy, erik

Added on: December 13, 2013