Ryan StevenSon Yesterday Today Forever (BEC Recordings) FOR FANS OF: OneRepublic, Owl City, Justin Timberlake QQQQ Rising out of the same Northwest Christian College dorm that birthed Shawn McDonald and Paul Wright, Ryan Stevenson thinks well outside of the traditional worship box and is sure to reel in more alternative-minded music fans. Though his lyrics revolve around unabashed praise, the accompanying mixture of programmed beats and electronically- amplified instrumentation is nothing short of soul stirring, with particular innovation shining through on hand raisers like “Let the Praises Rise” and “We Got the Light.” –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Let the Praises Rise” BRenton BRown Our God Is Near (Kingsway) FOR FANS OF: David Crowder Band, Gungor, Robbie Seay Band QQQ The idea behind Brenton Brown’s latest long player is to praise God in both seasons of joy and sorrow and the ten tracks contained therein do just that. Along with guest co-writers Paul Baloche, Marty Sampson, Matt Maher and Eoghan Heaslip, the singer/songwriter/ worship leader is never at a loss for words, covering rich emotional canvases with his congregational leanings. Musically he puts forth a pleasant, though not exactly boundary-breaking take on modern praise that’s sure to usher listeners into a prayerful spirit. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Glorious” Benjamin Dunn & FRienDS Circus of Love (Independent) FOR FANS OF: Death Cab for Cutie, Gungor QQQQ Benjamin Dunn’s entourage is easily one of the freshest worship releases in the last year. Circus of Love utilizes a wide palette of influences (Death Cab, The Police) to create an inspirational and interesting set of love songs. “Heart Strings” is an instant crowd favorite, and “Melody of Salvation” follows suit lending a powerful one-two. Yet the entire release is worth hearing. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Melody of Salvation” woRShip ReviewS All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit www.todayschristianmusic.com/new-releases. woRShip new ReleaSeS 05.03.2011 NiCoLE C. MuLLEN CApTIvATeD MRA/EMiCMG JEREMY HoRN SOuND OF The BROkeN ARDENT RECoRDS/PRoviDENT CHiCAGo MASS CHioR Xv NEW HAvEN RECoRDS/ PRoviDENT Worship 36 CCM