Review: Ryan Stevenon – Yesterday, Today, Forever EP


BEC Recordings

Released March 22 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying for someone to mix things up in the worship genre for years.  It seems that since the hippie led Jesus Movement of the 70’s (before I was even born) that the only way our churches were allowed to worship congregation-ally was either with old hymns or with acoustic guitar led pop rock.  With his  label debut EP, Ryan Stevenson pops up like a Jack In the Box toy with synthesized keyboard tracks and autotune of all things on Yesterday, Today, Forever.

The EP starts off with the Yesterday, Today, Forever title track, heavy on the looped beats, as Stevenson shows the heart behind his music early on with a song dedicated to the unchanging nature of our God.  “No One Ever Cared” follows with Stevenson knocking on the door of DC Talk-ish hip hop (without ever totally crossing over that line) with lyrics that give praise to the miracles and sacrifice of Jesus.  “Let The Praises Rise” is next with a slower beat while intersecting the Earth’s inhabitants and the desired Heaven to come.  The melancholic “In The Sun” has the most artistic merit of the bunch, for those who like to chill and meditate on what the Lord is doing in their lives.  The EP closes with the same song on two tracks (with the radio edit following the original version) as “We Got The Light” is the cleanest track with the most mass appeal.

Although the music isn’t exactly daring or completely out there, seeing it used within the context of worship music at leaves gives us hope that there are artists out there willing to cross a line or two to make our worship experience fresh and challenging.

Grade: 3

Tracklisting:

  1. Yesterday, Today, Forever
  2. No One Ever Cared
  3. Let The Praise Rise
  4. In The Sun
  5. We Got Light
  6. We Got Light (Radio Mix)
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2 responses to “Review: Ryan Stevenon – Yesterday, Today, Forever EP

  1. duke15 March 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    not only does he knock on the door.. the dude’s trying to look like tobymac
    so much for originality

  2. Jonathan March 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Great EP! If you like newer TobyMac (minus the song with John Cooper or Skillet or Matt Theissen of Relient K) but always wished for his to do a worship album, well Ryan Stevenson has delievered. My only compliant is its only 6 songs (granted I know it is a Ep) and one of those is a remix with a very minor change, if any at all.
    The only comparison I can make to DC Talk is “We Got The Light” in the bridge, there is a echo voice which sounds like Michael Tait but that is about the only thing I noticed.

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