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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the punk band led by Laura Jane Grace is said to be a relationship album.
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  1. 83
    Catchy as anything choruses, short track times, tight and sparse rhythms make this a record I wish came out when I was in high school. If the record does have a fault, is that it colors inside the lines.
  2. 80
    Shape Shift With Me is an excellent album, Grace an essential cultural figure.
  3. Kerrang!
    Sep 12, 2016
    [An album] that'll slowly reveal its full charms across repeated listens. [10 Sep 2016, p.51]
  4. Magnet
    Sep 20, 2016
    Shape Shift With Me has catchy anthems, heavy rock songs and speed rants; it's yet another excellent, and complicated, Against Me! album. [No. 135, p.52]
  5. Sep 12, 2016
    As a cohesive work, Shape Shift with Me lacks the level of urgency and revelation of its predecessor. ... 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.
  6. Sep 28, 2016
    While Shape Shift With Me doesn’t reach the same highs as Transgender Dysphoria Blues, it’s another strong entry in the Against Me! discography.
  7. Sep 27, 2016
    Not everything on Shape Shift With Me fits like “333,” which fits plenty, and hits hearts. Some of the hyper-syllabic loose-lyric delivery of “Norse Truth” drags baggy, some of the mixed political/personal imagery of “Suicide Bomber” bogs down what the song wants. Like want and love and bodies, songs won’t always feel good.

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  1. Sep 22, 2016
    Slightly worse than the last one, mainly for lacking a big single like that one had (the title track), and because at this point in time theSlightly worse than the last one, mainly for lacking a big single like that one had (the title track), and because at this point in time the aesthetic has been defined so well that it all starts feeling a bit redundant. There's a lot of energy to this music, which in the right circumstances makes for invigorating results ("ProVision L-3", "Dead Rats"), but sometimes feels diluted in immature Blink-esque angst and starts sounding corny ("Crash", "Suicide Bomber"). Plenty of songs feel somewhat sloppy and unfinished too, but I guess that's something to expect since it's punk music. Expand