Often, when I speak to people about music, vocalists are the make it or break it part of the band. Our voice is the most potently human thing we can inject into music as both a sound and source of ideas. This is a thread to discuss the nature of vocals in music as well as picking out our favorite singers and lyrics.
A real live attempt at a discussion to start this thread I made:
Lyrics really have an odd power in music. I'm used to listening to a lot of music where understanding vocals is both difficult and usually unimportant as a result. I've learned to accept lyrics as being a delivery mechanism for the vocal performance. When they come into focus, though, they can take a perfectly great song, musically, and change your perception on it so easily. For example:
I love this song's sound and I love the vocal performance, but I've got to blur the lyrics in my mind because I just can't stand them. On the other hand, I can get into a song like this:
And the lyrics here are even worse! Laughably bad, even. It's mostly just cursing and broken english, but it's some of the greatest death/thrash to have ever been released. And even though I laugh about the lyrics with my roommates a lot, they still never interfere when I listen because only the occasional "fuck" registers. On yet another hand, some music is absolutely made by the lyrics:
I put the Mountain Goats as my second favorite band of all time and they do it mostly by lyrical prowess alone. John Darnielle can really inject meaning into his sound, which adds such a strong emotional effect to his music.
How do you guys feel about lyrics in music?