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Lyrical genius...you said what?
on 21 December 2006
The music's not groundbreaking in any shape or form but it's alright in its own, deliberately under crafted way. Borrowing the bass lines from Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" doesn't indicate a creative genius drinking at fresh fonts of inspiration, but it was a good bassline to start with and other musicians borrow bits and pieces (the rap music industry is, via sampling, based on this concept), so it would be trite to paste Doherty for that.
What does represent a massive erosion of objective analysis is the suggestion that Doherty's lyrical inputs on this EP are the work of a literary genius. Whilst Mr Doherty is no more a poet than I am a blue umbrella (and you'll have to trust me that I'm not a blue umbrella), he does lay claim to being a more capable songwriter than most of his contemporaries, (although in some cases and through no fault of Doherty's, this might be compared to Roger Federer taking on David Blunkett at tennis). However, the excerpt shown above can't reasonably be held out as evidence of anything other than Doherty's ability to write words down on paper and sing them along with a tune.
I was a troubled teen,
Who put an advert in a magazine,
To the annoyance of my imaginary lover
She questioned my philosophy
And this is what she said to me...
She said Oh, you... you're green
You don't know what love means,
Well let me tell you
It tickles you pink oh yeh..
but it likes to hear you scream
FIRE and DAMNATION Lamentations,
For the likes of you...
This sort of stuff would score badly in the songwriting equivalent of a GSCE exam. Better quality stuff will hopefully fall from the pen of Britain's great songwriting hope before drugs drain the notable reservoirs of talent from his person.