Ben Nichols is a better, more consistent songwriter than Cooley to me.
stylistically the two are typically doing such very different things.
I think cooley is a much better player/musician.i think cooley has a knack for turning out a quick/simple lyric that upon reflection has a ton of depth. he cuts things down to the bare bones but theres a lot more... wisdom... behind some of what he says. he also, as someone mentioned does capture characters very well, and stories better than given credit for. theres a level of intelligence that i think you dont give him credit for in his writing.
I think ben writes a much better sappy love song that can really hit you - he also can turn a really basic lyric into something that hangs with you but its more of a feeling he creates. he really does a better job playing on emotion with his writing. smart in its own way, but a different type of smart.
both very good at what they do. seen both many a time. will likely see both many more times. ask me who the more talented band is, and id say DBT 10 out of 10 times. Ask me which cd im playing and itll be much more split.
This post was edited on 4/4 at 4:02 pm