Thing is it's subjective to the listener and definitely the era in which the artist and fan are living in. My Mum's ultimate artist is Dylan and mine's is Morrissey so there you have my tuppence worth.
If ya talkin' about good lyricists, ya might like Craig Finn.
He's the singer in The Hold Steady and his solo album
I Need A New War was my favorite from last year.
He kinda writes short story rock. Haha.