Shape Shift With Me

Against Me! - Shape Shift With Me
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Based on 19 reviews
2016 Ratings: #299 / 762
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Based on 60 ratings
2016 Ratings: #331
September 16, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing
For the pop-punk band fan, this is a dream come true. Catchy as anything choruses, short track times, tight and sparse rhythms make this a record I wish came out when I was in high school.
80
The Guardian
As with all of Against Me!’s work, it’s a potent mix of the personal and the political.
80
Exclaim!

This is a winner, another great release from a band that, really, has no problem delivering great albums. Shape Shift with Me occupies a perfect middle ground between their last two discs, and that's a very special, and unique, place to be.

80
NME
‘Shape Shift With Me’ is an excellent album, Grace an essential cultural figure.
80
DIY
This is Against Me! shifting the topic but retaining all the glory: biting lyricism, punk fury and rock prowess wrapped up in an infectious and perfectly imperfect package.
80
AllMusic
Grace is reveling in her mess, resulting in an album that is lighter, fleeter, hookier, and more fun than its predecessor.
75
Consequence of Sound
As a cohesive work, Shape Shift with Me lacks the level of urgency and revelation of its predecessor. Fans who have come to expect certain poppier sensibilities from Against Me! may be disappointed — even in the songs played in a major key, this album is pure punk. As listeners, we might not be able to carry the same things away from it, but maybe that’s okay — at the end of the day, it’s for her, not us.
75
A.V. Club
Those who like their alt-punk laced with introspection and intellectualism will continue to like Grace’s music, and perhaps learn a bit about what it’s like to be her as well.
74
Pitchfork

Laura Jane Grace leads her Florida punk band into uncharted waters with a densely packed, vicious, and heartbreaking album about sublimation and transformation.

70
Rolling Stone
Bolstered by whip-smart lyricism and indelible riffs, Grace bares her sensual, sentimental side – but not without a few swift kicks in the eye.
70
American Songwriter

Shape Shift With Me, with its provocative title and explicit, non PC cover art no major label would approve, continues the band’s string of powerfully uncompromising but surprisingly tuneful albums that make you think, but only if you’re not busy thrashing in the mosh pit.

70
Drowned in Sound
Here, Laura Jane Grace is emerging from her shell, grasping her icon status with both hands and speaking up for what she sees as a largely invisible, voiceless group of underdogs. And it doesn't get much more punk rock than that.
70
Slant Magazine

One could be forgiven for expecting a soapbox, or a sequel to Transgender Dysphoria Blues—especially given the groundswell of trans issues in the media in its wake. Instead, Against Me! has returned with something truly personal, an album that has the nerve to be small.

70
PopMatters

While Shape Shift With Me doesn’t reach the same highs as Transgender Dysphoria Blues, it’s another strong entry in the Against Me! discography.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Some of the hyper-syllabic loose-lyric delivery of “Norse Truth” drags baggy, some of the mixed political/personal imagery of “Suicide Bomber” bogs down what the song wants. Like want and love and bodies, songs won’t always feel good.

Fallendomino
78
From the very start, Laura Jane Grace and co. remind the listener that Against Me! is still very much a punk rock band. Their sound may have matured and become more refined over the years, but "Shape Shift With Me" displays the band's aptitude to deliver a thrashing guitar riff--true to their original form. However, it shouldn't go unsaid that this LP is no "Transgender Dysphoria Blues". The melodies are mediocre in comparison, and the few glimpses of their original punk ... read more
Sinestroll
85
★★★★★:
• 12:03
• 333
• Delicate, Petite & Other Things I'll Never Be
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MISC LISTS

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Track List

  1. ProVision L-3
  2. 12:03
  3. Boyfriend
  4. Crash
  5. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I'll Never Be
  6. 333
  7. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
  8. Dead Rats
  9. Rebecca
  10. Norse Truth
  11. Suicide Bomber
  12. All This (And More)
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