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Three bands writing thoughtful lyrics in the early 80's.

Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain

Aesthetically accomplished songs all by then-eighteen singer-songwriter Roddy Frame, who gives music to  youthful bravery, melancholy, and  fecklessness.  Standout tracks include the ornate "Oblivious," "The Boy Wonders," an ambivalent look at the prospect of maturing in a youth-obsessed culture, and "Down the Dip," an appealing manifesto that obliquely references The Diplomat (now the favorably reviewed Gardenhall Inn), a pub in the Scottish town of East Kilbride.  1983

Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues

Something inspired Talking Heads to endlessly rehearse these songs, combining lyrics so abstract ("Making thirty-five/ Trying to do my best/ Lock the door/ We kill the beast/ Kill it,") with funk so catchy that the resulting album is a superbly polished blank mirror reflecting nothing, yet everything.  1983

The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops

Drawing from a deep well, theopening title songis a 21-year-old graduate's manifesto. Surpassingly well-written lyrics celebrate an artist's love of city life, independence, and the promise of youth: "The rivers in the distance / Must be leading somewhere," and "Stay" caused a WFNX DJ to exclaim after playing it in 1993, "So lovely, but I don't understandit!"  1984

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