It's good things on the horizon. The first IHearIC show of the 2010-11 season will open Monday night, September 20th @ 8PM. The show is taking place as part of the Englert Theatre's Intimate series.
Let's look at Rosalee Motor Revival.
He's got that Sense of Melody. His are catchy and singable without producing déja vu. And he's got the voice, too. He hits the notes and, when needed, holds them or makes them soft/loud and otherwise draws the listener in to the story he's spinning.
work in progress... by Rosalee Motor Revival
Notice the weird harmonic change at 0:37 and how effectively it paints the sudden "heavy and hard" thoughts that descend upon the narrator. The music walks hand in hand with the scenes being sung, simultaneously suggesting and reacting to the text. More impressive is how long the tension is held before releasing into a chorus that-like the narrator-firmly and finally arrives, proclaiming and promising.
Songwriters take note: this is pacing. It's imperative and (so slippery as to be) impossible to control.