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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.
|2||Being 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.
|3||Bullet For My Valentine|
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.
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.
|Coheed & Cambria - first five albums are all one long concept, next two albums are yet another concept.|
The Dear Hunter - Albums are segmented into "Acts" that tell one continuous story. Also released the Color Spectrum, 9 EPs loosely based around the colors they are named after.
Thrice - The Alchemy Index. A series of EPs named after the elements (Fire, Water, Air & Earth)
|Sup Dino. Does it matter to you that a band creates a strong concept? How much do you pay attention to that? These are all great examples by the way!|
|this might not be the kind of answer you're looking for but|
personally i dont care too much about lyrics unless they're either really bad or really good and only at that level do they have a significant impact on my enjoyment of an album.
and while i say that, i also have pink floyd's the wall as my favourite album of all time for decades now simply for how strongly it connects with me emotionally on a level beyond that of any other album i've heard before or since
but i think concept albums are cool if you can commit to them
|How the instrumentation sounds will always be more important to me than lyrical content.|
|That's exactly what I was looking for @park! Thanks! I myself tend to dissect my own writing and I write for my band now so I've been digging into other artist's lyrics now too. This is me putting feelers out to listeners.|
|Mmm, it doesn't matter to me too much, but it does add a cool element to the music sometimes.|
I mean, for Coheed's first five albums, I KNOW that there's an overarching concept, but I don't really follow it. There's comics that link in and all that, but it's a little too overwhelming for me.
But there are even individual songs I know of that are "concepts," I suppose, though that's a little more loose. I consider them more of a story than a concept, I guess.
The Raconteurs - Carolina Drama
Lionize - the Ballad of Ronnie Buttons
Sycamore Smith - The Man With Skeleton Arms, Abigail Crow
|Yeah Coheed's story is so broad that he can write songs based on literally any topic. Sci-fi fantasy novel stuff, cheesy love story emo stuff, etc. Overall, though, it tends to be his own lyrical style that really can't be replicated without immense writing skill. Claudio Sanchez is incredibly talented.|
|There was actually a novel released to accompany Year of the Black Rainbow. I didn't think it was very good, but it was fascinating to read it while listening to the album and being able to apply songs to certain parts of the book.|
They pulled the "Book + Album" thing off much more cohesively with The Afterman albums.
|Tool - Lateralus|
Not exactly a concept album but most songs are based on the same theme and the lyrics are pretty good imo
|@Dino: Really! I knew there were comics but didn't know they made a good ol' book from any of the graphic novels.|
@InFlames: I've read the whole shpeal about Lateralus and it's pretty incredible. People can talk about being pretentious all they want, but when you're that goddamn intelligent you bring on exclusive company. Lots of respect for their accomplishments.
|fall of efrafa |
|Hadn't heard of them, but a quick google search enlightened me. I'm very unexposed to crust punk, but the concept is fucking cool.|