A few years ago I wrote a very short but somewhat inspired piece about how Robert Forster is a better songwriter than Luke Haines simply because he can write a love song.
Taking the question of love songs a bit further, I’d say there is a crucial difference between the way songwriters approach it. Some think love is a good enough reason to write a song. Others treat love as merely a means to say something else. Without any reservations whatsoever, and without even bothering with a boring list of exceptions, I should say that it is the latter category that I admire.