"Marshall Crenshaw and Michael Stipe meet The Who."
“Just listening to a few of his tracks, notably “Hometown” and “Crashing Down,” you get a strong sense of just how a place can influence an artist. With the release of his latest CD, Best, Hargreaves explores the concepts surrounding the artistry of delivering solid rock tracks, while also playing with the notion of having substance behind expert guitar playing and powerful, emotional sound.”
“Long Islander Mick Hargreaves is a musical experience. A songwriter of taste who can smith words and a bandleader known far and wide from his East end roost, Mick pours out originality and style with a familiar 60's rock viewpoint and a bit of a country lilt. As you listen, you’ll hear Nick Lowe Brit-pop new wave and its predecessors like Herman’s Hermits and Loving Spoonful, Beatles and even Simon & Garfunkel influencing, flowing and drving through 17 cuts of fine tune. Hargreaves’ work focuses on the songs with catchy lyrics, catchy riffs and danceable groove so he is accessible on a variety of levels. Mick also has a strong sense of place. Long Island flows through his veins both as a place, an idea and from a music influence or origination viewpoint. Hargreaves does LI proud and follows in the footsteps of such artists as Barnaby Bye, Ellie Greenwich, William Joel, et al. Great tunes are great tunes especially when they are joined by fine musicianship and an excellent disk”
“With the core group of Gary Dawson and Mike Bifulco on guitars, Don Mangels on bass and Tom Ryan and Jeff McLary sharing drum duties, The King Guys are a unit that can inhabit the Kentucky-pickin’ to psychedelic rock spectrum that Hargreaves’ music encompasses.”
“Hargreaves is the quintessential survivor and the soundtrack to his own life is richer than ever... He and ace backing band The King Guys won’t record their debut album until later this year, but after hearing them play in the coveted opening slot of this year’s Great South Bay Music Festival it is clear—they are poised and ready....”
"You play like the devil and sing like an angel"
“Veteran rock dude plays pop w/ a sturdy rock coating, throws in some twang-vibes too. Mick touches quite a few bases... a less quirky Ass Ponys... twangeriffic... a light rockabilly feel... a couple terrific contemplative acoustic numbers, others verge on power pop... w/ a slow burn intensity..."”
“Mick bravely strips himself down to basics... always standing proud with nothing but a voice and a guitar or two to lean on... proving once again that it's the song that really counts, and Mick has produced three stellar examples of that all-too-forgotten maxim. ”
“('Always Come' is) the kind of Thinking Man's renegade rock Springsteen et al only really seem to able to hint at when push comes to shove, while in the hands of an obvious pro like Mick, things ride down that back road towards trouble with only twin six strings under the hood, and WORKS.”
“Hargreaves opened the show and performed a sweet acoustic set. His latest recording [is] “Bridget," a song written by Gary Jude Anderson, a Long Island songwriter who died last year.”
“Yes, these precious circular discs are still featured in this section of THE AFFILIATE. Mick ahd his many friends are certainly having a good time in doing best this well worked out music score. Three potential guitarists may have performed the lead part on both "Legendary Wild Kinddom" by D.J. Pauly-P, and "Full Time Fool" by Mick himself. The sound is reminiscent of the 60's era with very articulate musicianship. It's certainly one of those little collector's items you'd wish to add to your precious pile.”
“Production is subtle and basic in the Glyn / Ethan Johns style, allowing the music to stand up and enjoy space for itself to breathe, especially on the acoustic numbers.”
“It's a solid album from beginning to end... singer/songwriter material with a slight rock/blues vibe... a good disc to kick back and relax with...”
“MICK HARGRAVE & HIS LEGENDARY WILD ENSEMBLE "Legendary WIld Kingdom" b/w "Full Time Fool" (Headflies) The A-side sounds alot like something Peter Zeremba's Love Delegation might stir up; Six band members plus two Wendy-WIld-ish backing vocalists equals one swingin' party. Animals are IN, man. It's a veritable orchestra of guitars, both electric and acoustic, percussive devices and sound effects. The B-side is more pure, optimistic pop. Glows in the dark.”
"Once a member of the underappreciated Ghost Rockets, now he has a release of his own, a well-developed mixture of pop, rock and western... Plenty to choose from, "Stuck in the Stable Blues", "Your God-Given Name", "Hard to Get" (redone for "Bootlegs"). Fun from beginning to end."
“Mick Hargreaves/ Be Like You/---CD Charged up rocker with strong pop understandings in the excellent arrangement. Full sound production, good drums, guitar buzz. Good stuff.”
“I made my way to The Local 269 (269 E Houston St, NYC) and the filled little room was treated to a set of raw, stripped-down Americana of Mick Hargreaves. The room was perfect for the music. Dim with light from the evening outside. Black and brick and thick, old wood reverberated with twang and acoustic rock.”
“Barbara, Frank (Tovey)'s former wife emailed me a link to your version of the song (Liberty Tree). I am John from the Pyros. I like your version. I think Frank may have liked it too. - Take Care -”