This weekâ€™s genre is more widespread than the previous niches. As usual, we will look at this issue by analyzing a main band, chiefly CAKE for this week.
There are plenty of bands who have blended rap and rock before, such as the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine. Then, I imagine, someone decided they were sick of not being able to tell what the rappers were saying, and chose to just talk instead. Thatâ€™s not to say that the words donâ€™t have rhythm (sometimes); rather, they just donâ€™t bother trying to be â€œfastâ€ and â€œcool.â€ Itâ€™s almost as if they mock singers and rappers, since they find success with minimal singing/rapping effort.
However, one requirement seems to be a cool voice. If you are going to talk the lyrics at me, they had better be spoken by something as good as Morgan Freemanâ€™s voice. The CAKE guy, for instance, sounds nonchalant, sassy, and cool. Beck, too, just sounds too cool for the room, and maintains the â€œI donâ€™t careâ€ vibe of these singers. Plenty of other artists use this technique as well, mainly because it lends itself well to both distinctness and humor. CAKEâ€™s lyrics are hilarious, and you can always tell that itâ€™s CAKE on the radio due to the unique voice. Also required: clever lyrics. Since the audience can understand what youâ€™re saying, you better make sure what youâ€™re saying is worth your audienceâ€™s time. Good singers or unintelligible singers can get away with banal lyrics, but speaker-singers need the good stuff. Thus, by seemingly being lazy and not actually singing, the bands actually need to have non-lazy lyric/songwriting.
For being the coolest dudes in the room, and by making smart lyrics that you can actually discern without looking them up online, I hereby decree that speaking lyrics like poetry will blend with alternative rock (and many other genres).