Narrowed down from roughly 80, the 10 songs that made the cut find playful blasts of electronica swirling together with Grutka’s melodious, acoustic-based pop-rock. Many of the album’s songs are constructed around expansive, layered vocal arrangements, particularly the lush “Winter Song,” the British Invasion head-bopper “Eyes to the Sky,” and the single “Running Away.” The latter’s chiming electric guitars and breezy flow recall vintage R.E.M., as does Grutka’s disarming tenor, oftentimes a dead ringer for Michael Stipe.
Find your hope. As he sings in album closer "See the Light", "All the worries in your life/Let them go" Mike Grutka will sing his life for you if you care to listen. And when you hear his music, you’ll sing too.