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Keep the Faith

Faith Evans

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Album Review

Faith Evans' second album Keep the Faith was met with quite a bit of anticipation. The album was released three years after her acclaimed, soulful, and raw debut Faith, and in that time she had witnessed the murder of her husband the Notorious B.I.G., which led to the biggest hit of her career (and one of the biggest of the 1990s), the tribute "I'll Be Missing You" (in collaboration with Puff Daddy). Keep the Faith proved to be a success, and she happily avoided the curse of the sophomore slump. The album scored two Top Ten singles with the irresistible dance/R&B cut "Love Like This" and its follow-up, the equally intoxicating "All Night Long." Aside from those two dance numbers, the rest of the album falls somewhere between heavy ballads and mid-tempo grooves. Ms. Evans shines when she sings fast or mid-tempo songs, such as the slick "Life Will Pass You By," but the ballads weigh too heavily on this otherwise fine album. Some of the ballads stand tall, such as the gorgeous "My First Love" and the inspiration-tinged "Keep the Faith," while others are about as entertaining and inspired as tree sap ("Anything You Need" and the yawn-inducing interludes). Unfortunately, these ballads are all lumped together on this album, to the point where they almost blend into one long drip of molasses. However, the classy Ms. Evans possesses a beautiful voice, is a gifted songwriter, and happily steers clear of the tacky clichés that burden so much contemporary R&B. So despite the heavy reliance on ballads, this is actually a fine album, and is without a doubt a highlight of 1990s soul-pop music. Other notable tunes include the beautiful "Never Gonna Let You Go," which could be classified as the last great Babyface hit song of the 1990s (that song, incidentally, topped the R&B charts and hit the Top 20 on the pop charts), and the Dianne Warren-penned "Lately I," which never became the hit it should have been. ~ Jose F. Promis, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Far From Forgetable

This cd is far from forgetable!!! If you listen to it you will fall in love with the R&B/Pop songs "Love Like This" and "All Night Long"...next there is the uplifting songs "Sunny Days" and "Tears Away"...then you will be blown away from the powerful ballads "My First Love", "No Way", "Caramel Kisses", the Diane Warren penned (should of been smash hit) "Lately I" and the last true Babyface song in over 7 years, the #1 "Never Gonna Let You Go"!!! So to make my point this cd is fantastic for anyone who truly enjoys R&B songs and for those that want to start embracing it and Ms. Faith Evans herself!!!

One of the best!!!

This album is one of my all-time favorites from faith!

Solid album

Faith has a pretty voice, and I adore "love like this", but overall, a very forgetable album.

Biography

Born: June 10, 1973 in Lakeland, FL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In spite of the fact that Faith Evans carved out a lengthy recording career in her own right, her name will forever remain linked in the minds of many to her late husband, the Notorious B.I.G. Evans was an active session singer and songwriter before signing her own solo deal and marrying Biggie, and while she never matched the level of his stardom, she continued to come into her own as a vocalist in the years after his untimely death. Each one...
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