His critique made me laugh out loud today
I donâ€™t know Chris Tomlin personally. I expect heâ€™s a nice man and a devoted Christian. So please be clear that Iâ€™m not attacking his sincerity or his love of Jesus or anything else I canâ€™t possibly judge.
What the evidence shows, however, is that he is a bad lyricist.
The man either doesnâ€™t care about rhyming and settles for the merest assonance, or he lacks the skill or patience to actually craft rhymes. And rhyming is a pretty basic part of the pop genre in which he writes, not some exotic quality of songwriting I am unreasonably demanding of him. He also has no strong grasp of Scripture and particularly of the metaphors and allusions he uses.
My suspicion, in fact, is that these songs â€œcome to himâ€ and he then records them with little or no alteration. Surely he canâ€™t be crafting them with the diligence of a serious poet. For if these are the best he can do after working and reworking them, he simply needs to get someone else to write the words. Theyâ€™re just that bad.