Truth is, Tyrell's effortlessly infallible phrasing has the effect of making what he does appealingly conversational. The emotion he's experiencing is a component of his seemingly off-handed -- smile-smile-smile -- style. Let's just say he's singing for all generations.
"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."
Somehow it seems appropriate that a pop songwriter is so fascinated by a Pop art style -- the giant blow-ups of common food being part of the lexicon of such Pop greats as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.