Shape Shift with Me is the seventh studio album by American punk rock band Against Me!, released on September 16, 2016 on Total Treble Music and Xtra Mile. The title is a lyric from the song "Norse Truth", which appears as track 10. Shape Shift with Me features a shift in vocal style on many of its songs, with Grace hailed for a more spoken word-like structure in her singing on songs such as "12:03", "333" and "Norse Truth".
Shape Shift With Me is an love album. Most (hell, all) of the songs deal with the idea of romance in some way, shape, or form. What makes this a little more interesting is that the lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, is a transgender woman, so the songs on this album deal with trying to navigate a love life while also transitioning. So in a sense, this album continues the theme of Trans Dysphoria Blues, just focusing on a different aspect.
Shape Shift With Me’ is an excellent album, Grace an essential cultural figure. 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.
On September 16, Against Me! will release their highly anticipated new album, Shape Shift With Me, via Total Treble. Throughout their career, the band has played furious punk rock, but since the release of 2014′s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the group’s taken on a more honest and emotional tone, courtesy of the powerful songwriting of frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. That continues with Shape Shift With Me, which is now streaming a week before its release, courtesy of NPR First Listen. It’s loaded with explosive energy, socio-political drive and a unique personal outlook that makes it yet another.
Album Name Shape Shift with Me. Type Album. Released date 16 September 2016. Labels Total Treble Music.
In all, Shape Shift With Me is 38-plus minutes of blistering punk rock. Opening with "ProVision L-3," Against Me! wastes little time in setting a high-energy atmosphere. Drummer Atom Willard, formerly of Rocket From the Crypt, displays his furious ability for nearly two straight minutes, setting the tone for the rest of the album. All This (And More)" is the album closer and does an incredible job at tying up any loose ends. Against Me! does a remarkable job of echoing The Rolling Stones' vibe as Grace speaks on ridding herself of her past regrets. Norse Truth," which weaves in the title of the record into the lyrics, offers everything this album is about: unapologetic, erotic, angry, and personal wordplay with classic Against Me! musicianship. The song is a testament to the growth of the group, and serves as the defining moment on not only this album, but possibly of their career.
For Shape Shift with Me, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace proves that writing a bunch of broken-hearted pop songs is always a good option. There are plenty of punk ragers here, such as Dead Rats, but jangly odes to heartache "Crash" and "Boyfriend" bounce and chime in ways that no other Against Me! songs ever have, while "Rebecca" is a fizzy New Wave ode to the anxiety spawned by new love. How does a punk follow up a landmark album such as Transgender Dysphoria Blues? For Shape Shift with Me, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace proves that writing a bunch of broken-hearted pop songs is always a good option.
With passionate power and reckless behavior, Against Me! encompasses a road-raging journey of Punk Rock. Beginning almost two decades ago, 1997 brought this Floridian band to life, revving the engines to a speedy and lengthy start. Envisioned and assembled by Vocalist Laura Jane Grace, the ensemble slowly began to take shape when 2001 rolled around, bringing Guitarist James Bowman with it. Initially a solo act, the world of Punk Rock would not the same without the creation of a whole suit brought to the picture. Completely catchy and memorable in every way, Shape Shift With Me is turning into an album of the year must-have. Chill vibes and groovy beats, Delicate, Petite, & Other Things I’ll Never Be is absolutely brilliant. Combining everything that Punk bands aspire to be, Against Me! just goes to show what pure talent actually sounds like.
Artists Against Me! Shape Shift With Me. Shape Shift With Me Against Me! Shape Shift With Me. 2016. This album has an average beat per minute of 138 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 92/178 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Album starts at 178BPM, ends at 120BPM (-58), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues.