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Searching For A Former Clarity
Searching For A Former Clarity
Published: 2010/11/26
Channel: ThePunkRockStation
Against Me! - Total Clarity (Full Album)
Against Me! - Total Clarity (Full Album)
Published: 2013/07/27
Channel: Carl Brutananadilewski
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (subtitled)
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (subtitled)
Published: 2008/06/22
Channel: deedu
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity live @ Webster Hall 6-07-11
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity live @ Webster Hall 6-07-11
Published: 2011/09/15
Channel: Vas Drimalitis
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (Lyrics on Screen)
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (Lyrics on Screen)
Published: 2012/03/24
Channel: MrBatManIsAPunk
Searching For A Former Clarity (live) - Against Me!
Searching For A Former Clarity (live) - Against Me!
Published: 2011/09/06
Channel: emmasmem
Searching For a Former Clarity by Against Me
Searching For a Former Clarity by Against Me
Published: 2009/06/27
Channel: Fuzzcrowd
Against Me! - How Low? (album version)
Against Me! - How Low? (album version)
Published: 2011/02/02
Channel: skatenate22
Searching For A Former Clarity (by Against Me!) cover
Searching For A Former Clarity (by Against Me!) cover
Published: 2009/12/20
Channel: hockeyrocks5757
Searching for a Former Clarity
Searching for a Former Clarity
Published: 2012/07/01
Channel: Zanneran
Against Me!  Laura Jane grace 18th Feb 2016
Against Me! Laura Jane grace 18th Feb 2016
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Miki Mizutani
Laura Jane Grace - Searching for a Former Clarity - Wilmington, DE 2016-02-21
Laura Jane Grace - Searching for a Former Clarity - Wilmington, DE 2016-02-21
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: deadhoarse
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (Acoustic Cover)
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (Acoustic Cover)
Published: 2014/01/18
Channel: bombcherry
Searching For a Former Clarity (Against Me Cover) - Dr. Noise
Searching For a Former Clarity (Against Me Cover) - Dr. Noise
Published: 2009/11/12
Channel: doctornoise
Sad Ponies Vol. 1 - CMC Edition - Searching for a Former Clarity
Sad Ponies Vol. 1 - CMC Edition - Searching for a Former Clarity
Published: 2011/10/11
Channel: JoeytheJoeyX3
Against Me! "Searching for a Former Clarity"
Against Me! "Searching for a Former Clarity"
Published: 2010/05/03
Channel: StaryNightsSmell
Taylor Brough - Searching For a Former Clarity (Against Me! cover)
Taylor Brough - Searching For a Former Clarity (Against Me! cover)
Published: 2012/06/05
Channel: The Dial
6.18 Searching For a Former Clarity - brulian scenes
6.18 Searching For a Former Clarity - brulian scenes
Published: 2011/08/10
Channel: ciera jarvis
Searching for a Former Clarity
Searching for a Former Clarity
Published: 2012/05/09
Channel: Caleb Coffey
Searching for a Former Clarity
Searching for a Former Clarity
Published: 2014/04/03
Channel: Kaylee Valerius Music
OTH - Mark Schwahn Episode Preview 6.18 "Searching for a Former Clarity"
OTH - Mark Schwahn Episode Preview 6.18 "Searching for a Former Clarity"
Published: 2009/03/17
Channel: othfan486
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (live)
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (live)
Published: 2011/05/26
Channel: osceola13
Searching for a former clarity
Searching for a former clarity
Published: 2008/08/23
Channel: joshONmars
Against Me! - Holy Shit! (Lyrics on Screen)
Against Me! - Holy Shit! (Lyrics on Screen)
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: MrBatManIsAPunk
15) Dr Noise Live  - Cubs in Five and Searching for a Former Clarity
15) Dr Noise Live - Cubs in Five and Searching for a Former Clarity
Published: 2009/08/07
Channel: Blake Taylor
Searching For A Former Clarity
Searching For A Former Clarity
Published: 2009/09/21
Channel: Trish Nader
Against me! - Joy
Against me! - Joy
Published: 2008/05/21
Channel: wiredsulfure
"Searching For A Former Clarity" - Against Me! (Cover)
"Searching For A Former Clarity" - Against Me! (Cover)
Published: 2010/04/27
Channel: Sean Swanson
Searching for a Former Clarity
Searching for a Former Clarity
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Jayson Nessi
Against Me! - Don
Against Me! - Don't Lose Touch (Official Video)
Published: 2012/08/27
Channel: Fat Wreck Chords
Searching for a Former Clarity (Against Me!)
Searching for a Former Clarity (Against Me!)
Published: 2014/02/27
Channel: Ethan Grigsby
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (cover)
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (cover)
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: EkajArmstro
Against Me! - Total Clarity (Demo)
Against Me! - Total Clarity (Demo)
Published: 2011/05/23
Channel: TheClash57
Logan - Searching For A Former Clarity
Logan - Searching For A Former Clarity
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: kicknkill
Searching For A Former Clarity - Against Me! cover. ULLCRO, Queer as fuck, rocks so hard! Charango.
Searching For A Former Clarity - Against Me! cover. ULLCRO, Queer as fuck, rocks so hard! Charango.
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: emosux78
Against Me! - How Low (Lyrics on Screen)
Against Me! - How Low (Lyrics on Screen)
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: MrBatManIsAPunk
Searching For A Former Clarity
Searching For A Former Clarity
Published: 2012/05/10
Channel: DanRespirator
Against Me! - Problems (Lyrics on Screen)
Against Me! - Problems (Lyrics on Screen)
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: MrBatManIsAPunk
Searching for a former clarity cover
Searching for a former clarity cover
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Bryan McLaurin
Searching For A Former Clarity (Against Me! Cover)
Searching For A Former Clarity (Against Me! Cover)
Published: 2012/09/10
Channel: Justin Burleson
Searching For a Former Clarity
Searching For a Former Clarity
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: ravensgirlxo
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (Live)
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (Live)
Published: 2011/07/21
Channel: Kurtdawwg
Searching for a former clarity - Against me! cover
Searching for a former clarity - Against me! cover
Published: 2013/02/16
Channel: Corey
One Tree Hill 6x18 Searching For a Former Clarity
One Tree Hill 6x18 Searching For a Former Clarity
Published: 2009/03/17
Channel: salmaatache
Against Me! - Joy (Lyrics on Screen)
Against Me! - Joy (Lyrics on Screen)
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: MrBatManIsAPunk
Against Me! - Violence
Against Me! - Violence
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Leandro Romano
Searching For A Former Clarity by Against Me!
Searching For A Former Clarity by Against Me!
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: Ailite124
Against Me! - Holy Shit
Against Me! - Holy Shit
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: Mindfuck3d
Against Me! - Justin (Lyrics on Screen)
Against Me! - Justin (Lyrics on Screen)
Published: 2012/03/21
Channel: MrBatManIsAPunk
Against Me!- Searching for a Former Clarity (Live)
Against Me!- Searching for a Former Clarity (Live)
Published: 2012/05/23
Channel: Josh Skrupskas
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Searching for a Former Clarity
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity cover.jpg
Studio album by Against Me!
Released September 6, 2005
Recorded April 18 – May 16, 2005 at The Magpie Cage in Baltimore
Genre Punk rock, folk punk
Length 47:00
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Producer J. Robbins
Against Me! chronology
We're Never Going Home
(2004)We're Never Going Home2004
Searching for a Former Clarity
(2005)
Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!
(2006)Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!2006
Singles from Searching for a Former Clarity
  1. "Don't Lose Touch"
    Released: September 6, 2005
  2. "From Her Lips to God's Ears (The Energizer)"
    Released: April 4, 2006

Searching for a Former Clarity is the third album by the Gainesville, Florida punk rock band Against Me!, produced by J. Robbins and released on September 6, 2005 by Fat Wreck Chords. Supported by singles and music videos for the songs "Don't Lose Touch" and "From Her Lips to God's Ears (The Energizer)", it was their first album to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching #114. It also reached #9 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Singer/guitarist Laura Jane Grace has described Searching for a Former Clarity as a concept album.[1]

Label reaction

Fat Mike, on the other hand, thought the album was shit. He told me that he hated J.'s production style, didn't like the mix or the track listing, and that the cover art (a black and white photo of a Florida palm tree) was terrible. "Make the band name bigger!" This took the wind out of our sails a bit and started making me consider our next move. The reason we had stayed indie, signed no contract, and taken less money was for artistic freedom. But now we found ourselves with no contract, in a punk rock handshake deal, but still compromising and fighting with our label over things like artwork and songs.

Laura Jane Grace with Dan Ozzi, "Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout"

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Punknews.org 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Reaction to Searching for a Former Clarity was generally positive, with critics praising Grace's lyrics and the band's effective combination of different musical elements. Corey Apar of Allmusic gave the album four and a half stars out of five, calling it the band's "most introspective album to date. In both subject matter and song composition, they expand upon elements of previous releases without being afraid to veer away from expectations".[2] Though describing the tone of the album as "more sober and resentful" in comparison to their previous efforts, he remarked that "the passion, energy, and urgency Against Me! is known for is no less present. Instead, Searching for a Former Clarity is a more developed effort that is not only one of the best punk releases of 2005, but further establishes the band's growing importance within the punk scene."[2]

Aubin Paul of Punknews.org also praised the album, giving it four out of five stars and stating that "Unlike the simple shout-along melodies that adorned previous albums, ...Clarity demands repeated listens far more than any previous album."[3] He praised the band's ability to effectively combine punk rock, country, and folk music, noting that "with Clarity it seems the band has finally managed to fuse these elements seamlessly in a single track." He noted that the lyrics were more personal and "painfully confessional" than on the band's previous efforts, and that the political motifs were more individualistic, focusing on "the effects of politics on real people."[3] He summarized the album as "ambitious, fully realized and truly special. It's also a conflicted record; it's filled with internal ruminations, raw emotions and a distancing wall of sound, but it is nevertheless their most thoughtful and accomplished piece of songwriting and a record that grows more rewarding with each listen."[3]

One criticism which Apar and Paul shared was that both found the chorus of "Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners" to be "somewhat annoying", though Paul noted that the song had "a great opening and confessional lyrics".[2][3] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone was more critical of the album, giving it three out of five stars and describing it as "a bizarro combination of Who's Next, an angry oi-punk record and some dude's blog."[4] He complimented Grace's lyrics as "both wordier and funnier than most rant-based punk" but also said that "over fourteen cuts, [her] Roger Daltrey bellow can grow wearisome".[4] He did, however, praise "Holy Shit!" as "a detailed critique of a stagnating rock scene" and said that "How Low", a slower song in which Grace describes attempts to give up drugs, "prov[es] that you can't get this deep into other people's shit without getting a little on yourself."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Laura Jane Grace; all music composed by Grace, James Bowman, Andrew Seward, and Warren Oakes.

No. Title Length
1. "Miami" 4:00
2. "Mediocrity Gets You Pears (The Shaker)" 2:38
3. "Justin" 3:57
4. "Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners" 4:08
5. "From Her Lips to God's Ears (The Energizer)" 2:35
6. "Violence" 5:34
7. "Pretty Girls (The Mover)" 2:45
8. "How Low" 4:27
9. "Joy" 2:12
10. "Holy Shit!" 2:53
11. "Even at Our Worst We're Still Better Than Most (The Roller)" 2:53
12. "Problems" 2:40
13. "Don't Lose Touch" 2:55
14. "Searching for a Former Clarity" 3:25
Total length: 47:00

Total Clarity[edit]

Total Clarity
Against Me! - Total Clarity cover.jpg
Demo album by Against Me!
Released May 24, 2011
Recorded 2004–2005, Goldentone Studios, Gainesville, Florida[5]
Genre Punk rock
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Producer J. Robbins
Against Me! chronology
White Crosses
(2010)White Crosses2010
Total Clarity
(2011)
Black Crosses
(2011)Black Crosses2011

Against Me! released Total Clarity, a collection of demos and unreleased songs from the Searching for a Former Clarity recording sessions, through Fat Wreck Chords on May 24, 2011.[6] Fat Wreck Chords previously released The Original Cowboy, an album of demos from the band's 2003 album Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy, in 2009.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Laura Jane Grace except where noted; all music composed by Grace, James Bowman, Andrew Seward, and Warren Oakes, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Miami" 3:37
2. "The Shaker" 3:05
3. "Justin" 3:15
4. "Exhaustion and Disgust" 2:49
5. "Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners" 4:01
6. "The Energizer" 2:14
7. "Violence" 4:48
8. "The Mover" 2:35
9. "How Low" 3:16
10. "Joy" 1:39
11. "Holy Shit" 2:11
12. "Lost and Searching in America" 2:38
13. "Problems" 2:28
14. "Money Changes Everything" (written by Tom Gray; originally performed by The Brains) 3:48
15. "Total Clarity" 3:25
Total length: 45:44[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 114

Personnel[edit]

[10]

Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Chris Pumphrey – alto saxophone on "Miami"
  • Rose Hammer – baritone saxophone on "Miami"
  • Geof Manthonre – trumpet on "Miami"
  • J. Robbinstambourine on "Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners" and "Don't Lose Touch"
  • Dave Chamberland, Mathieu Guilbault, and Olivier Maguire – backing vocals on "Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners"
  • Genevieve Tremblay – backing vocals on "Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners" and "How Low"

Production[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200[11][12] 114
Top Independent Albums[13] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dworken, Arye (2010-07-20). [=http://www.self-titledmag.com/home/2010/07/20/the-self-titled-interview-against-me "The Self-Titled Interview: Against Me!"] Check |url= value (help). Self-Titled Daily. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Apar, Corey. "Review: Searching for a Former Clarity". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Paul, Aubin (2005-09-06). "Review: Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hoard, Christian (2005-10-20). "Review: Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  5. ^ Lord, Joseph (2012-03-01). "Music | The Courier-Journal". courier-journal.com. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  6. ^ Gabel, Tom (2011-02-12). "Total Clarity". Blogspot. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Against Me! to release The Original Cowboy on Fat this summer". Punknews.org. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  8. ^ Total Clarity (CD booklet). Against Me!. San Francisco, California: Fat Wreck Chords. 2011. FAT 744-2. 
  9. ^ "Against Me! – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Against Me!. Retrieved 03 August 2015.
  10. ^ Searching for a Former Clarity (CD). Against Me!. San Francisco: Fat Wreck Chords. 2005. 684-2. 
  11. ^ "Against Me! Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  12. ^ Harris, Chris (2005-09-14). "50 Cent's Beefed-Up Massacre Can't Top Kanye's Latest". MTV.com. MTV. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Against Me! Album & Song Chart History: Top Independent Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 

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