Just the other day my daughter was trying to sing along with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"--but, let's face it, those are some tough lyrics to catch. If only I'd had Lyrical, a new app that looks up song lyrics--for the currently playing song.
That's pretty slick. Just start a song on your iPhone or iPod Touch, then run the app. In a matter of seconds it retrieves the lyrics from crowd-sourced site LyricWiki.org.
Of course, you don't have to play a particular song to get its lyrics: Lyrical also lets you browse your music library, pick a song, and then see the words.
Likewise, you can search for a song, artist, or snippet of lyrics (which is great for those times when you hear a song you like but don't know the name). The search feature is a little hit-and-miss right now, but the developer promises to improve it in a forthcoming update.
Speaking of which, the next version of Lyrical will store previously viewed songs and let you play a song directly from the library-lookup screen.
Best of all, Lyrical is free, though it does have ads. If you want ad-free lyric lookups, check out Lyrical Premium, which costs $1.99. Me, I'm perfectly happy with the free version, which has instantly become one of my all-time favorite apps.