Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of crafting songs, or skill in doing so

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of making songs or verses; metrical composition; versification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of composing songs; skill in versification.

Etymologies

song +‎ craft (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As vanguard bands such as Loud Family, Negro Problem and Matthew Sweet have discovered, "songcraft" and "professionalism" have somehow become code words for painful dullness.

    Apples' Moone Orbits Wilson's Sun

  • 'tell me that I'm wrong, try to sing me your ego song' is a more complex and lyrically advanced than many punk bands which just use aggression and image instead of actually thinking about there songcraft which is why I think of the early hardcore bands such as black flag, germs and dead kennidies to be soo great, they showed more than anger, there intellegent side was put forward aswell.

    All Updates @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

  • With the pop smarts of Adele, the mellow vibe of Norah Jones, a voice and sound that echoes Karen Carpenter, and songcraft that follows in the footsteps of Burt Bacharach, Rumer's talent is built to last.

    Michael Giltz: Music: Spread This Rumer -- 2012's Best New Artist Is Here

  • The synthesis of all he'd learned and loved about entertaining people, with a matured, and almost physics-defying body, and ... a fully-honed sense of pop songcraft.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • As an artist whose songcraft pulls heavily from 1990's fuzzy lo-fi bedroom pop and scruffy alternative rock, the label made perfect sense.

    Americana, Syriana

  • Ndegéocello's work has often been heavy with mood while elliptical of songcraft, but Weather contains her most direct material since the early 1990s: Dirty World struts along a ridiculously irresistible bassline, while the chorus of Change is as close as she gets to a glorious explosion of FM pop.

    Meshell Ndegéocello: Weather – review

  • He sang beautifully, favored songcraft over the folkie importance on lyrics and created songs that were personal and specific enough to resonate with everyone.

    Michael Giltz: Music: Revenge Of The Seventies Singer-Songwriter!

  • Where she used to draw inspiration solely from the darker places of the human condition, Ms. Williams's tone has brightened of late, and this year's "Blessed" finds her nuanced songcraft balanced between both extremes.

    The Pop Scene: Around the World in Various Styles

  • The Burt-Bacharach-for-preschoolers songcraft of bandleader Stuart Murdoch was irritating, but it was Murdoch's singing that really made my blood cells boil -- a cool, coy delivery that triggered an almost Belushian response.

    Taking sides: Belle & Sebastian -- Indie-pop legends or comfort-rock enablers?

  • Coulton's songs combine a Beatle-esque level of songcraft with a They Might Be Giants 'sense of fun and humor.

    Tuesday Tune: 'Chiron Beta Prime' by Jonathan Coulton

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