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Forevermore [edit]
by Jon Bauer | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: January 03, 2012

Jon’s fifth worship-focused recording, FOREVERMORE, is also his US debut releasing January 2012 (Canada May 2011), and he’s excited to share his new music—and his heart—with an ever-growing audience. Produced by Rusty Varenkamp (2010 Dove Awards Producer of the Year – Rush of Fools, Tenth Avenue North), FOREVERMORE features 10 selections with 8 written or co-penned by Jon. Like Chris Tomlin or Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, Jon takes great care to craft corporately focused worship moments that encourage the Church. His warm, emotive vocals and memorable melodies put the finishing touches on a collection that’s as equally accessible on a Sunday morning as it is on Monday’s commute.

With one #1 and two #2 radio singles at Canadian Christian Radio and opening for great artist like the Newsboys and Michael W. Smith, you are bound to hear more from this new album both on radio and in the church in the coming days.

Track Listing
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01. Our God
02. Light Of Another World
03. Come And Save Us
04. Beautiful Name
05. Chasing After me
06. A Prayer Away
07. Fall Over Me
08. Forevermore
09. Life Of Worship
10. Hosanna

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Solid Modern Worship | Posted January 24, 2012
With his album Forevermore, Jon Bauer makes his American debut. But this Canadian Modern Worship artist is no newcomer to the music world. Prior to Forevermore, he released four CDs in Canada, and in 2008 was named Male Vocalist of the Year by the Canadian Gospel Music Association. For help with his introduction to American listeners, Bauer enlisted popular producer Rusty Varenkamp.    

Bauer opens with "Our God." A guitar riff and drum hook begins the song with energy, but the lyrics aren't original enough for the song to be particularly memorable. So the catchy riff and "Oh, Oh, Oh" vocal stand alone as my favorite part of the song.

The second song, "Light of Another World," might have served as a better opener. This minor-key gem feels more inspired and is more compelling. Written from the point of view of a believer praying, "Jesus, help me search for answers in a world that's not my home," the song touches on what Heaven will be like, reminding us that this world is our temporary home. Fans of mid-tempo offerings from Jeremy Camp and Kutless will delight in this track.

"Come and Save Us" brings the tempo back up. Here the verses present different adjectives and descriptive phrases for Jesus (Glorious, Marvelous, Infinite, Merciful King of Love, God of Grace, Wounded Healer), while the chorus is a hopeful entreaty to Jesus to return and save us. Though commercial and easy to listen to, the track is not as lyrically memorable as the slower "Beautiful Name" which offers up the nice line: "There is a name that we can call on and whisper through the roar."

Although "Chasing After Me" sits in the middle of the record, it's the highpoint and the song you'll not want to miss. A poppy, bouncy ukulele tune à la Jason Mraz or Francesca Battistelli, Bauer sings alongside songstress and fellow Canadian, Laurell. The pair brings genuine energy on this loose, joyous ditty about a God who pursues us: "There's nowhere I could ever hide 'cause you keep coming / Your love is chasing after me / And I don't know what I've been running from."

Next, Bauer reminds his listeners that Jesus is "A Prayer Away." While the production is polished and prime for radio, this song may been more effective had Bauer chosen to present it stripped down. The more intimate "Fall Over Me" which follows is produced more lightly, allowing Bauer's gentle vocals to shine on this prayerful number as he confesses, "Lord, I'm on my knees / I need your love to fall over me."

Title track "Forevermore" begins spare and open, allowing the words to come to the foreground. The atmospheric production is a good lyrical accompaniment as Bauer sings: "to the One who carved oceans with His hand / to the One who gave His life to ransom man/ Be blessing and honor and glory and power/ Forevermore." The song builds before finishing with a chorus singing to a full band-backing. This Chris Tomlin-style anthem should earn Bauer steady radio play.

As Forevermore wraps up, Bauer gets contemplative with "Life of Worship" in which he pledges to worship God, not just through song, but with his life. The CD concludes with an energetic rendition of Paul Baloche's "Hosanna" that stands out as one of the album's strongest cuts. This is a great closer.

Closing Thoughts:
While the familiar sounds on Forevermore will find favor with many fans of modern worship, the album may be a little lackluster for those looking for something new and different. More consistency and originality in the lyrics, as well as a little more variety in tempo, could have produced a stronger record. Highlights are "Light of Another World", "Beautiful Name", "Chasing After Me" and "Hosanna."

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Great sound | Posted January 28, 2012
 I know this does not have something radically different but that's ok, sometimes something great can come from the same old (or new) stuff. I really like this and my favourite is come and save us, a real plea for God to reach us and also for us to reach out to him for salvation. Love it, definitely recommend!!

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