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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
Studio 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
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] 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 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
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]


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


Adapted from the album liner notes.[10]


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, Jon Herroon, 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"


Chart performance[edit]

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


  1. ^ Dworken, Arye (2010-07-20). [= "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". 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". 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". 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)". Billboard. 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. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Against Me! Album & Song Chart History: Top Independent Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 

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