“Mickey Wynne's blend of rock, blues, and folk music makes for a dynamic listening experience. “Running On Empty” is a rocking track with a nice groove to it. The folk influences can definitely be heard from the beginning. I do not want to go out of bounds, but Mickey reminds me a bit of Bob Dylan. Maybe he will come to be known as the British counterpart to the American icon? The drums and electric guitar really bring a rock edge to the overall sound. The influences of different genres blend very nicely in this song. The ballad “Against All Odds” has plenty of passion in this song and I sense a little pain. “French Blooze” is dark and sultry with an atmosphere to match. “All Quiet” is a great way to end the record. It has a distinct sound thanks to the fusion of musical influences. It is a story driven song about survival in an unforgiving environment that lingers. Mickey Wynne’s Running On Empty is an enjoyable listen. A full length album should be excellent.”
“Having worked with Peter Green and Tim Rose, it's no wonder this Brighton-based guitarist has a way with a blues lick - a Chicagoan one, as the title track of Mickey Wynne's four-track EP's title cut shows. It has a desperate crunch and a groove for the vocals to be drowned in, while the guitar rages and wails in short bursts once in a while imitating the harmonica: a brilliant production - echo, effects et al - and a riff to die for, or from. A different, folky vive, yet the same sensibility carries "Against All Odds (I'll Do It)" in its acoustic roll, but "French Blooze" is too airy and languid to catch the skin, and the buzz and slide guitar of "All Quiet (On The Eastern Frontier)" pays tribute more to Mark Knopfler than J.J.Cale as possibly was intended. Many artists say less in a longplay than Mickey Wynne does on this mini-album. A winner. ****1/3”
“Mickey Wynne and Zeitgeist Blues... Zeitgeist, as we know, relates to a general set of beliefs, feelings etc - typical of a particular period in history. Wynne deals with not just how we feel, but how we think -hence the references to Dylan or even Cohen or Buckley have their sway. Mickey Wynne’s blues are modern but also retro - those allusions to Led Zeppelin, Dylan among others hold fast. Mickey Wynne's observations are 'of the time', and the songs are 'stirred but not shaken', effusing cool and dark introspection, but are ultimately optimistic and full of mood and colour - speaking for a generation – and so become a collective voice of introspection. The Zeitgeist angle conveys the excitement, energy, prescience of Mickey’s musical offering - which is truly, a blues for now. Think of the songs, and even 'French Blooze' - there is much here about modern allegory, Zeitgeist or not - you decide. ”
“'Superb production' 'The tour de force here is the fiery, insistent Bush era parable All Quiet on the Eastern Frontier, funky acoustic guitar giving way to macabre, reverb surf guitar on the chorus and an equally nightmarish outro.”
"Mickey Wynne has other ideas on his debut solo EP. Even a fleeting glance at his credentials and it’s quite clear that he’s something of a virtuoso on the guitar, so it is very pleasing to discover that he is more interested in song structure and subtly weaved textures "
“2. Mickey Wynne – All Quiet on the Eastern Frontier Absolutely spot-on, darkly bluesy critique of war profiteering, Bush and Tony Blair-style. Roger Waters would approve.”
"I know exactly what I think of Mickey Wynne as a live musician: one of the best"