When an album spans nearly four decades of musical evolution, it's sure to take listeners on an epic journey through varying styles and eras. Such is the case with Waxy Shellac And The Tasteless Apples' brand new album "Shelf Life," a sprawling odyssey that is nostalgic and cutting edge. Across 13 tracks, the band traverses landscapes as diverse as classic rock, jazz, and singer-songwriter folk, all tied together by instantly recognizable vocals and virtuosic guitar work.
We're transported back to the 1970s with "Prescription Song", as fretwork evokes the six-string magic of musical legends. From here, the album smoothly shifts through various eras, with "Hard To Love" swaying to a smooth jazz-pop vibe straight out of the '80s, while "Codependent Me" slows things down with introspective rock melodies that could have come from any era.
One thing that stands out across the album is the level of musicianship on display. Songs like "I'm Not Sure" and "All Over Me" feature playing and arrangements so intricate that you'll want to hit replay to catch all the details. Waxy Shellac And The Tasteless Apples approach their craft with the utmost passion and skill. Anthemic numbers such as "Dreamer" and "Change Of Plans" prove these artists know how to write a great hook.
What's most remarkable is how the album flows like a cohesive journey, taking the listener on a ride through different eras. The nostalgic vibes and vintage instrumentation of "History Repeats Itself" bring us full circle to complete the trip. It's an achingly beautiful way to say goodbye, leaving the listener with a sense of wonder, joy, and inspiration.
Through "Shelf Life", Waxy Shellac And The Tasteless Apples remind us that truly timeless music is about heart, soul, and mastery of craft, not fleeting trends. Their blend of genres feels comfortingly familiar. I know I will be listening regularly to this album for a long time to come. Whenever we listen to such music, we feel uplifted and renewed in our faith in the power of song. If you're a fan of any era, I recommend streaming Waxy Shellac And The Tasteless Apples' "Shelf Life."