LOL! My initial scowl prevented me from seeing your last sentence at first
Rice seems to be as divisive as Lloyd Webber. Both tend to be better received overseas than in America. I personally think Rice's work is clever, at least compared to many modern lyricists who write very heavy-handed and cliché-ridden songs.
It's easy to pick out Rice's contributions to Aladdin, especially if you're familiar with Evita, given his knack for up-tempo lyrics. (One jump, ahead of the breadline, one jump, ahead of my doom...fill me up with your heat, with your noise, with your dirt, overdo me!)