beyond brilliant; I don't get why so many people are obsessed with the likes of Bob Dylan. Like, I get it, he's good and all.. but I find it really strange that such a diverse and great number of people can have a strong personal connection to a single man's music. I get the feeling this is because people tell themselves to love the classics, because well, they're the "classics" (I think the government passed some sort of legislation defining what classic music is). Stephin Merrit is my Bob Dylan. He may not be super political or all ambiguous and metaphorical, but neither am I. I wish more people knew it was okay to pick certain traits you like in a songwriter, instead of feeling like you're supposed to like a guy because of his name (I mean no disrespect to Dylan or his real fans by saying this, I'm just trying to make a point). Romance + dry wit and irony = my kinda songwriter.