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Lyrical Themes by Album

Does this matter a ton to you? Why? What bands do you think do it well?

A consonant theme based around Herban Melville's "Moby Dick". A lot of their early material has very straight forward concepts based around mythology or stories of their own writing, and as they've evolved they moved towards more tongue-in-cheek lyrics like in The Hunter and OMATS. Emperor of Sand marked the return of a consonant theme.
2Being As An Ocean
How We Both Wondrously Perish

Passionate and on the nose. Status quo for the spoken-wordy post hardcore sub-genre that has seen some more surfacing over the last few years.
3Bullet For My Valentine
The Poison

Also on the nose but much more tacky in my opinion. Plain bad. I think Matt Tuck just doesn't really care all that much.
You Fail Me

Short and sweet; allowing the mind to wander by creating imagery while always keeping individual concepts intact. The songs don't cover the same single story, but the themes all paint a similar idea.
5Led Zeppelin

So the question really is: If a band fails to provide consonance in their theme, no matter which of these examples (or the numerous other styles that exist) they tend to look like, does that discount them to you? I've done a lot of critique on my own writing, but sometimes I feel like some songs that I end up liking A LOT are outliers based on the rest of the songs that I've written. Should I disregard the emphasis on having a strong theme, or treat that as holy and untouchable? Have you had any experiences like this?

P.S. "Achilles Last Stand" is one of the many songs that are my favorite lyrically that belong to the Zep. Put it on your daily jams and check out those lyrics.
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