Against Me! Albums Ranked

Against Me! is an American punk rock band formed in 1997 in Gainesville, Florida, by singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace. Since 2001, the band’s lineup has also included guitarist James Bowman. After releasing three studio albums through independent record labels, Against Me! moved to Sire Records for 2007’s New Wave, which reached no. 57 on the Billboard 200. In 2011, the band launched their own record label, Total Treble, through which to release future albums. In 2012, Grace publicly came out as a transgender woman. After a long period of line-up changes and uncertainty surrounding the band’s future, their sixth studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, was released independently in January 2014 to critical and commercial acclaim. The band’s seventh full-length, Shape Shift with Me, was released on September 16, 2016. Here are all of Against Me! albums ranked.

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10. Crime, As Forgiven By Against Me! (2001)

“These versions are rough, jagged, and much like the rest of this record, infused with heart, intensity, and love for the music. “What We Worked For” features a lyrical reflection on the love of touring and community. This band never fails to make me want to pack my car, grab my friends, and hit the road. “Y’all Don’t Wanna Step To Dis” and “Impact” are frantic, fast-paced punk tunes with socially conscious lyrics.”

9. Against Me! (The Acoustic EP) (2001)

“This is how music should sound, plain and simple. This ep will blow any punk diy anarcho fan away. This is one of the most original bands to have come out in a long time. In a era of jock rock bad music its nice to see a band get back to basics.”

8. 23 Live Sex Acts (2015)

“The sound quality is pristine for an independent live album. The best songs are Black Me Out, New Wave, Teenage Anarchist, High Pressure Low, and We Laugh at Danger and Break All the Rules! If you’ve been to an Against Me! show ever or often in the span of their career you know what’s what and I’ll tell ya this album will bring you right back to the best times you had at those shows.”

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7. Shape Shift With Me (2016)

“While the lyrics in previous albums have shifted from songs about punk aesthetic and war to songs about Grace’s own transformation, Shape Shift covers songs about the connections between people. Their sound has evolved from punk to punk-with-benefits. Songs like 333, Dead Rats, and Suicide Bomber rock as hard anything you’ll find on New Wave, while the songs Norse Truth and Crash lead us into some newer territory from the band.”

6. Searching For A Former Clarity (2005)

“With this release, the evolution of the band has certainly continued. Each track is startlingly dense and J.Robbins has given the band an almost impenetrable wall of sound. Unlike the simple shout-along melodies that adorned previous albums, …Clarity demands repeated listens far more than any previous album. That’s not to say the band has abandoned their crowd-energizing anthems though; tracks like “From Her Lips To God’s Ears” with its chant of “Condoleezza!” will certainly have their share of audience participation.”

5. White Crosses (2010)

“It’s simple, this is a great album and it can be picked up by anyone from long time fans to new fans to anyone just looking for something good and thoroughly enjoyed…so check it out! Oh, and if you were a teenage anarchist you’ll love it as you lament.”

4. As The Eternal Cowboy (2003)

“The lyrics are great and something realistic, that we all can relate to in one way or another. Its lively and not yo momma’s punk rock, baby. My favorite track is “Jordan’s first choice” and I love listening to it while reflecting or attempting homework. Its awesome and I recommend it for anyone thats open-minded.”

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3. New Wave (2007)

“The entire album shows that the song writer breaks free from the regular loop of standard rock music. Every song is ingeniously composed to be to be incredibly fun, entertaining, and thought provoking as physically possible. Simple yet very melodic and catchy.”

2. Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose (2002)

“Really cool sounding album, Tom Gabels (or Laura Jane Graces angsty lyrics, and the acoustic and electric guitars working so well with each other never fails to entertain me. Infectious energy, passionate yet skillful musicianship. A very impressive debut album.”

1. Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014)

“The best punk rock has always been done by people who knew how to channel anger into the graceful, glorious aggression of rock and roll music. Laura Jane Grace has a lot to be pissed off about and sounds… not revitalized but far more vital than ever. I hear at least two different voices (maybe more; the first two songs epitomize this) and this sounds like an artist discovering her voice. One of the best backstories ever, and also a great album, period.”