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Shelf Life


Download links and information about Shelf Life by For Against. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 37:29 minutes.

Artist: For Against
Release date: 1997
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 10
Duration: 37:29
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No. Title Length
1. Shadow 4:03
2. Wintersong 4:02
3. Starblind 4:20
4. Lost 3:23
5. Profile 2:56
6. Lilacs 4:16
7. Harbor 3:41
8. Forever 4:51
9. Times Square Go-Go Boy 2:27
10. Seascape 3:30



With a combination of talent and edge, the judicious use of guitar effects, strident, staccato basslines, and propulsive drumming, For Against have gained a rabid following in the better-informed underground places as America's best-kept secret. Such fans will be amazed at the masterwork that awaits them in Shelf Life. Blasting right off with the absolutely brilliant "Shadow," the band serves notice that, far from spent, they are a veteran band still clicking. All the previous hallmarks from their previous works are in place. Singer/bassist Jeffrey Runnings' heartfelt voice and lyrics are always a certainty, dating back to such respected LPs as 1986's Echelons, 1987's December, and the early-demos EP In the Marshes released in 1990. Here on Shelf Life these qualities combine with more of the band's emotionally charged backing tracks. As ever, For Against works in a maze of contrasts that blend effortlessly to form a unique and gripping whole. "Shadow" is typical of the more charging numbers, which feature the band's patented attack-oriented, post-punk rhythm section. Runnings and drummer Paul Engelhard (the king of lightning-quick, rapid-fire snare fills) are clearly one of the best rhythm sections working today. You'll also find such standout work on the gassed burners "Wintersong," "Harbor," and especially "Forever." Elsewhere, even more than on 1995's Mason's California Lunch Room and 1993's Aperture, the music turns moody and reflective. Such burbling songs as "Starblind," "Lilac," "Lost," and the band's first ever recorded covers, East River Pipe's "Times Square Go-Go Boy" and Tracey Thorn's "Seascape," are led by some surprisingly radiant, sometimes even dazzling guitar playing from Steven "Mave" Hinrichs. He spits out a variety of tones, from shimmering to steaming to all the places in between. For Against's supple playing is often subtle, gentle, and evocative, and occasionally even unspeakably, achingly beautiful.