toomanyhatz wrote:Lynott was a more "detached" writer, I suppose, but he's a first class dramatist, which is hard to do in song.
Those are very good points, although I don't know exactly what you mean by detached.
For example, in Romeo & the Lonely Girl, the song's protagonist is a scummy lothario. By the end of the song, you really feel sorry for him despite his character flaws.
I don't know if you feel that way if Lynott himself doesn't empathize with his own subject.