About Me

Hi! My name is Michael Lawrence. I'm the one responsible for this desecration of the Internet.

At this moment in my life, I an aging student at Washington State University who is pursuing a degree in civil engineering. I also happen to have two other degrees already, one in print journalism and another in geology. (Yes, "rock journalism," but I'm actually not kidding.)

I started this Web site in 2003, because I had nothing better to do but I ended up loving it. According to my calculations, I will die somewhere around 2069, so expect this site to keep going until then. If you're reading this and I haven't updated for months, don't fret for I will return. My spirit for reviewing albums usually comes in waves as it always depends on how busy I am in my "real" life.

My favorite period in rock is the time between 1965-1985 and I will probably always consider that my "forte," but newer music has grown on me something fierce in recent years. In case you couldn't tell by my rantings and ravings, my favorite musicians are ones who write weird songs with catchy melodies, which is why you'll hear me speak strongly of artists such as David Bowie, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Roxy Music and The Kinks. I also really love straightforward pop music from bands such as ABBA, Elton John and The Bee Gees, and give me some of that singer-songwriter stuff too from guys like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Bob Dylan. Oh and I should mention that classic progressive rock floats my boat so much that it's in the clouds. Genesis is the king of prog in my book. Suck it, Yes fans!!!!!!!

A lot of people ask me why I intentionally review artists that I clearly don't like such as Foreigner, Michael Bolton and (gulp) Arabesque. Unfortunately, the answer to that question cannot adequately be spoken in words, but I'm confident you'll find an answer to that for yourself if you spend a little time thinking "Who is this guy, and what is he doing having a website like this?"

Michael Lawrence is the king of the New York in his head