He may be in the midst of a successful world tour, but Sting has wonthe dubious honourof heading a U.S. music magazine's list of the worst lyricists.
The Police frontman topped the list — featured in the upcoming November issue of Blender magazine — for his lyrics of "mountainous pomposity [and] cloying spirituality," Reuters reported.
The British rocker is currently engaged in a sold-out reunion tour with his fellow Police bandmates Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, who on the weekend said a new album could be in the works from the fractious trio, who originally broke up in 1984.
Lyrics by Sting, a book compiling commentary and the words from Sting's solo compositions as well as Police hits such as Roxanne and Every Breath You Take, is scheduled to be released this month.
Canadian on the list
A Canadian came in second place in Blender's list: Rush drummer Neil Peart, whose lyrics were described as "richly awful tapestries of fantasy and science."
Rounding out Blender's worst five are Creed's Scott Stapp, Noel Gallagher of Oasis and singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg.
Icons of rock music were not spared from the Blender list, with the lyrical ability of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant (23), Carly Simon (31) and Paul McCartney (38) also called into question.
Blender is known for compiling a wide range of music-related best or worst of lists.