I like listening to songs when the lyrics are vibrant and picturesque. I love a lot of the lyrics in Sting's songs, although I'm not sure if he's the writer or not.
Who are some amazing lyricists I can look up?
You could look up Bob Dylan or some of Roger Waters' work in the Floyd ... dunno about whether they vibrate or not, but they're highly regarded.
Check out some songs
I believe Jeff Mangum from Neutral Milk Hotel is a very original lyricist
I recently came across a band that I think has some really great songs. Never heard of them before, but then again, it's not a genre I pay much attention to in general.. Not "the best lyricist ever", just mentioning them because they're interesting lyrically, and I think they should be heard.
Uncle Lucius is the name of the band.
And a few of the songs I would recommend are:
I couldn't say ever as I don't have that depth of experience or prescience, however in my time I've enjoyed reading:
Elvis Costello, John Lydon/Johnny Rotten, Dylan, Neil Young, Nick Cave, Geezer Butler, Bourke Shelley, Joe Strummer, Shane McGowan, Leonard Cohen, Poly Styrene, Paul Westerberg, david Byrne, Matthew Sweet, Difford & Tilbrook, Ian Hunter, whoever does words for the Residents, Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu, Kirsty MacColl, the blokes from Madness, Ian Curtis, P J Harvey, both blokes from the Go Betweens (Forster & McLennan), Hal David, Billy Bragg, Bowie, Alex from the Arctic Monkeys and Brian Eno. But I like reading!
Classic Soul and R&B... That 50s Rock and Roll... The transition period between the 50s and the 60s was interesting too. The Late 60s was interesting too.
For me musically simple songs which age well tend to have interesting lyrics and melodies to go over the simple chord progressions.
Neil Fallon of Clutch.
The Slutty Squirrels
Don't judge me.
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson have a nice one out now called Adam and Eve.
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