- Crowning Music of Awesome: Tim Smith's songwriting style.
- The way it could vary between the hushed beautiful calm of songs like 'The Safety Bowl', to the triumphant choral singalong of 'Buds and Spawn', to the utter chaos that is, quite simply, 'The Duck and Roger The Horse', to the pop punk of 'Arnald', and finally the manic prog rockesque epic 'The Everso Closely Guarded Line', all within the space of one album, while somehow maintaining a consistent and coherent "feel" to its sound, really is worthy of laudation.
- Wangst. Inverted. Much of Smith's lyrical content is actually a decent narrative on Suburbia and the way it influences one's life.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Many of their lyrics can come across as being completely random and incomprehensible lyrically, but to some these lyrics very much form into narratives, leaving it up to debate as to whether Cardiacs really qualify for this trope.