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Editors’ Notes

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a powerful album that features many changes. Two previous band members (drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Andrew Seward) had left the group, leaving just guitarist James Bowman and guitarist/leader Laura Jane Grace, known previously as Tom Gabel. However, as the album title and songs make clear, Grace—who’d made previous references to wishing she’d been born a woman—was now going through the changes and issues that come with transitioning one’s gender. As music, the songs on Transgender Dysphoria Blues are more powerful than ever: electric punk-pop (in place of folk-punk-pop) that shows that this Florida band are fully capable of performing under pressure. In fact, Grace now writes songs with stronger hook-filled melodies and a better-defined sense of purpose. The emotions of the agitated bellows of “Drinking with the Jocks” and the hummable melody of “F***MYLIFE666” are so refreshingly honest and heartfelt that it’s just as incredible that Grace and Bowman crafted the record as a universal cry for anyone who's struggled with their identity or place in the world. 

Customer Reviews

Dear Kevin Becton and fellow cis people:

Dawgs.

Transgender Dysphoria Blues isn't made special for us. We can enjoy it, but we're not the target audience. There are 5738246282 other albums out there that do target us. If this album can help a trans kid get through another day, week, month or year then it has done its full job. If this album can give someone struggling with gender dysphoria something concrete to relate to, then it has done its full job. We've got the entire rest of the Against Me! back catalog to "relate to," let this album do its job.

Pure emotion and energy

One of the greatest albums ever produced...the raw energy and emotion just draws you in as soon as track one starts

I can't relate.

While I'm 100% supportive of Laura on her journey I find nothing in these lyrics I can relate to. The music is great as always and the content is intriguing and informative but I feel no connection. In the past I've always been able to identify with certain songs on a personal level but not so here. I understand Laura's desire to speak of her life and wish her the best. Hopefully this review won't cause a tirade of hate because that is the last thing I want.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, who began playing shows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have her, drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help of a full band — including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward — but there would always...
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