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Can be gauged entirely by the quality of their singing voice.
untrue | 11 Nov '08, 17:12
i've seen you make many threads and comments with the intended purpose of it to end with 'untrue'.
from chilli peppers, hes got better but check out his earlier stuff....dear lord
or as, mentioned already, Dylan? Malkmus (pavement)?
I don't think Sinatra or Arethra wrote many (if any) songs
but I don't think it quite works either way. There's lots of very good songwriters who don't sing great and lots of very good singers who can't write songs.
If anything I'd say people who can't sing too well but still "make it" as singer-songwriters are more likely to be good songwriters 'cos they don't have their voice behind if the songs aren't strong enough.