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The Verse: Biggie Smalls

Introducing The Verse - a SONGLYRICS homage to the masters of the lyric, who have a boundless relationship with all time, listener and page. As a nod back, we offer our own narratives, break down every recorded track […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 50 Lyrics of 2013

Likewise with our corralling of a set of 10 hearts that put pen to paper like bosses on our favorite front-to-back records this year, so goes another set of 50 that may or may not […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 10 Albums of 2013

Another year, another onslaught of wreckids with some words and sounds that blew our collective minds. As with 2012, we’ve ditched number rankings and went alphabetical, making sure you realize that another hilariously genius chapter […]

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Twin Verses: The Best Allusions to the Surreal World of David Lynch

From the haunting classical score of Blue Velvet to the eerie ambient pop of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s musical partnership with composer Angelo Badalamenti has been just as integral to his cult success as his […]

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Hurry Up With My Damn Croissants: A 5-Lyric Salute to Grub

Having come and gone like an unforgiving hurricane, Kanye’s sixth studio album Yeezus is a project filled with highly quotable lyrics – some dubious and crude and others downright hilarious. On “I Am A God“, Kanye boorishly […]

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Generation Bowie: Lyric-tracking Rock’s Greatest Chameleon

With the official drop of David Bowie‘s 24th opus The Next Day imminently upon us (March 12), we here at Team SONGLYRICS couldn’t help but travel back in time to cherry-pick some of the great […]

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Listing: Top 5 Self-Absorbed Lyrics from Jamie Lidell’s ‘Jamie Lidell’

It’s been about three years since Jamie Lidell dropped Compass to wide acclaim. Partially produced by Beck, it featured a veritable who’s-who of indie guest musicians, with heavy involvement from label-mates Grizzly Bear. Though here on his sixth album of […]

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Streetside: Soul’s Prodigal Son, Cody Chesnutt, Returns to Form at Chicago’s Martyrs’; February 8

After releasing The Headphone Masterpiece Cody Chesnutt decided that in order to prevent himself from spiraling completely out of control he needed to put that album – and the lifestyle that went along with it – behind him for […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Duds from Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘Temper Temper’

Reuniting once again with producer Don Gilmore, UK natives Bullet For My Valentine have officially succumbed to their own hype. It’s a demise that uproots them from their traditional sound, and has them redefining it in glossier, […]

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Listing: 5 Self-Anointing Lyrics from Jim James’ ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God’

Having drawn inspiration from Lynd Ward’s 83-year-old novel, God’s Man, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) decided that the best way to create fodder for his full-length debut was to fully embrace his growing spirituality. […]

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