I recently stumbled over some borderline cases regarding lyrics.
There are several tracks with vocal credits, but most of them do not have actual lyrics. I try to differentiate between composer and lyricist credits, and I did not add a lyricist if only O-o-oooh or suchlike is sung. On other tracks I doubt that the “written by” credits apply on the sung or spoken lyrics. Especially on Sublimity ‘Bunny’s Dream’ where South African singer Jonathan Butler sings a few lines in an African language. The 3 credited writers (Miller, Alex Han and Brett Williams) are all Americans. On other tracks there are only a few phrases (improvisation?) and I don’t think these words are actually written.
Should I switch the “writers” to “composers”?
Previous to this album on two consecutive albums I found songs with very, very spare lyrics.
On Change the lyrics consists of only one word and that’s the title, repeated several times.
Should there be any lyricist credits at all?
Lourau’s Voodoo House is mainly an instrumental track, with the title and one further line sung, so probably there should be a lyricist credited. Are there any minimum requirements for crediting lyrics writing?
And there was another (tiny) problem (and of course another topic, but I hope there’s a simple answer)
How should instrument credits be implemented, if information about the appearance of an artist is given on track bases, but the instruments he is credited for are for the whole album?