Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Released September 16th, 2016
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender in 2012. The album that followed her transition, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, was a sprawling punk record that was unflinchingly honest, but also a lot of fun. Following up such a notable release, Against Me! have decided to make a “relationship album” Shape Shift With Me. A potent mix of the personal and political viewpoints, the album chronicles Grace contending with those complications of her new life. The album itself features everything you would expect musically: catchy choruses, short track times, maelstrom riffs, and blitzkrieg drums. In short it is well crafted pop-punk paint by numbers brimming with classic chord progressions, but executed at the highest level and a joy to listen to.
4 out of 5 stars