Originally Posted by QuickTwist
TBH, I actually rarely listen to the lyrics of a song (unless its rap). I still want the overall presentation of the lyrics to be pleasing to the ear, however.
I have always not been good at hearing the actual words of a song. I suppose that makes me really really weird.
I suppose it's natural to view lyrics not only as words but also as a melodic or sometimes rhythmic instrument which it is. Some people like the broad tonal existence and relatability that vocals provide.
I love vocals with minimalist instrumentation, but when instrumentals get robust vocals are very all over the place and overbearing, not to mention that vocalists skills and technique often doesn't go hand in hand with the skills or profiles of other band members. Broad presence in a sense that individual instrument roles like lead guitar or violins / brass / drums occupy their own tone ranges and are often made to interplay or constructively interfere, vocals can do that too, depends on the focus and composition, but often it leads to covering what other parts are doing. Anyway, the broader the presence the bigger the responsibility.
This song I just posted is hilariously divisive, just a moment ago someone I know said that he hates the synth in it and how it covers the orchestra and does its job and it should instead have a bigger and louder orchestral presence. I somewhat agreed that they made the electronic parts too loud there.