Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Record Label: Total Treble
Transgender Dysphoria Blues is the record Laura Jane Grace has been screaming to get out for many years. Two May’s ago, the Against Me! front woman revealed her lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria and came out as a transgender woman. After a flurry of press and support followed by a desolate and bleak recording process that almost killed the band rises an album that shuts out all the white noise and delivers the best Against Me! album ever. Laura Jane Grace has a lot to get off her chest, so it’ll be best if you give one of the most essential punk records of our era your full and undivided attention.
Grace immediately throws down the gauntlet on the album’s opening title track. Seething with attitude, Grace furiously lays everything on the table by exclaiming, “You want them to notice/the ragged ends of your summer dress./You want them to see you/like they see every other girl./They just see a faggot
Very nicely done. This record rules, for plenty of reasons. Personally never having been more than a casual AM! listener, I've had this on repeat for the past couple of weeks and actually feel like it might be the best, most accessible and most natural starting point as an AM! record.