Bought to Rot

Laura Jane Grace - Bought to Rot
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #651 / 874
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Based on 38 ratings
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The Line of Best Fit

Bought To Rot ... is the most varied release in Grace’s catalogue. Among a myriad of sub-genres, there’s bouncey post-punk, heartland rock, rockabilly, and a few kinds of indie rock experimentalism sprinkled in. As a result, the album doesn’t quite cohere as a singular work.


Presenting herself bare, she exposes unfiltered honesty through the kind plain-spokenness that's, nowadays, avoided by contemporaries of her stature.


Paying homage to songwriting ancestors, there’s an unmistakable Americana twist across much of the record that on occasion even turns to Nashville-tinged country.

The Guardian

She is self-effacing, emotionally incisive and capable of inciting teenage fervour in cynical souls. There are few like her.


When combined with the gut-level hooks, this barbed wit results in a record that's simultaneously immediate and enduring: the first listen demands attention, but it's the left turns, in both the lyrics and melodies, that makes Bought To Rot so satisfying.


Grace doesn’t graduate from punk on Bought To Rot—she expands and elevates it with explicit revelations, fervent melodies, head-banging chord progressions and unruffled tenacity.


Fans of Against Me!, and music fans who have never listened to a single Against Me! track, could benefit from giving the record a spin to at least learn more about the frontwoman’s life and political stance.

Northern Transmissions

On her own, Grace is still a great writer but just feels like she’s going through the motions this time around. Despite making a easily listenable record, it lacks the staying power to hold onto listeners.


‘Bought to Rot’ shows a different side of the Against Me! frontwoman – one that's biting, surreal and occasionally absurd.


Grace has delivered a record that is as humorous as it is heartbreaking and as quirky as it is bitterly real.

Spectrum Culture

The material that comprises her new album Bought to Rot finds Grace relieved to find another outlet to free her mind.


The debut album from the Against Me! singer’s new side project doubles as a deserved break from her very public role as a trans ambassador, but the songwriting too often feels like rock-band karaoke.


pride month day 21

against me is one of my favorite bands, but for some reason i never listened to this album from their front women laura jane grace. and yeah this is really good! it’s s lot different from her work with against me, as the instrumentation is a lot more acoustic based, but i kinda appreciate the changes as it makes this more unique. as expected, laura’s voice is insanely passionate and her lyrics are beautiful written. i recommend this to any against me fan! ... read more


I really hate that she hates Chicago; although, I totally get the "way too fucking close to Missouri" bit.


The later half hit me better than first half. Everything sounded nice. Good blend of rough and poppy. Dynamics were good. The songs itself were not memorable for me. No memorable melodies. There were great moments here and there with the drums and guitar. Also I liked the lyrics. Some songs ended up in the listening list so let's see if this grows on me in the future.

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Track List

  1. China Beach
  2. Born In Black
  3. The Airplane Song
  4. Apocalypse Now (& Later)
  5. Reality Bites
  6. Amsterdam Hotel Room
  7. The Friendship Song
  8. I Hate Chicago
  9. Screamy Dreamy
  10. Manic Depression
  11. The Acid Test Song
  12. The Hotel Song
  13. Valeria Golino
  14. The Apology Song

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Added on: September 1, 2018