Musical/Lyrical "geniuses"- your favorites?
Sometimes, I'll hear a song whose lyrics are very empathetic, the music/riffs are very clever, and the concept of the song is so perfect that you can't help but think "wow, this man/woman is a genius." Who are your favorites? A couple of mine:
Who am I missing-- and why?
Who? Paul Simon.
Listen to: Something, While my guitar gently weeps as classic examples of brilliant all around talent of the Fab Four
And this just in from other genres:
Oscar Hammerstein II
Stevie Wonder. If I tried to tell you why, we could be here all day.
Who? Neil Fallon
Why? Too many great, great lyrics to mention.
Who? Claudio Sanchez (Coheed & Cambria)
Why? He's managed to turn their discography into one huge sci-fi epic. That and The Afterman: Ascension/Descension is awesome.
I'm still a huge fan of Gordon Downie though much of it involves Canadian references that I don't get.
Doug Pinnick mostly writes things that I can directly relate to.
MGMT's writing has been a pleasant surprise.
Fagen & Becker.
I got to add neil young (listen to "on the beach", beautiful song and album), nick drake and syd barett. And for the "modern" stuff, mgmt, foxygen, temples (check them out) are great
metaphor after metaphor of pure poetic genius. c'mon who else can make being drunk and lonely sound inspiring? :)
Lyrically he writes some of the best portmanteaus I've seen. Things like "phenobarbiedoll" put him right up there for me. Plus up to Holywood (another nice one) he put out some of the strongest singles, album after album that I can think of: Sweet Dreams, Beautiful People, I Don't Like the Drugs, Posthuman, The Fight Song, etc.
Rakim from Eric B and Rakim. Very eloquent hip hop.
I've always liked He is Legend's lyrics. Very unique.
Who: Dustin Kensrue
Why: listen to the Earth and Air EPs from Thrice and you will know why.
Afi's Davey Havok. Smart, poetic, clever.
Tool's Maynard James Keenan. This needs no explanation.
Ive also enjoyed Les claypools lyrical work as well.
2nd for Marilyn Manson. genius.
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