18 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Controversy and tragedy followed hip-hop diva Faith Evans as she approached making Faithfully (2001). The feuds surrounding the career of the Notorious B.I.G. (her late husband) nearly overshadowed the merits of her music. Moving beyond the bad times, Evans turned Faithfully into a statement of artistic renewal. This isn’t to say that the album is a happy record — the songs deal with heartaches and breakups more often than successful relationships. Evans’ gospel-tempered voice brings an aching authenticity to “Alone In The World” and “You Gets No Love.” An even higher plateau of torment is reached on “Can’t Believe,” a wailing duet with Carl Thomas. At the other extreme, she cuts loose on the surprisingly carefree “Back To Love” and delivers a sultry pledge of devotion in “Do Your Time.” Some of the best moments here are the gentlest, particularly the billowy “Heaven Only Knows.” Evans’ versatility is emphasized by the album’s mixture of East and West Coast-style hip-hop, with production input from everyone from kingpin P. Diddy to new kid Michelangelo Saulsberg. The beats throb and ripple, the flutes add spice — but in the end, it’s Faith’s show and she comes through like a true-born soul survivor.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Controversy and tragedy followed hip-hop diva Faith Evans as she approached making Faithfully (2001). The feuds surrounding the career of the Notorious B.I.G. (her late husband) nearly overshadowed the merits of her music. Moving beyond the bad times, Evans turned Faithfully into a statement of artistic renewal. This isn’t to say that the album is a happy record — the songs deal with heartaches and breakups more often than successful relationships. Evans’ gospel-tempered voice brings an aching authenticity to “Alone In The World” and “You Gets No Love.” An even higher plateau of torment is reached on “Can’t Believe,” a wailing duet with Carl Thomas. At the other extreme, she cuts loose on the surprisingly carefree “Back To Love” and delivers a sultry pledge of devotion in “Do Your Time.” Some of the best moments here are the gentlest, particularly the billowy “Heaven Only Knows.” Evans’ versatility is emphasized by the album’s mixture of East and West Coast-style hip-hop, with production input from everyone from kingpin P. Diddy to new kid Michelangelo Saulsberg. The beats throb and ripple, the flutes add spice — but in the end, it’s Faith’s show and she comes through like a true-born soul survivor.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Steven Cooke ,

Faith's Best Album!

Faith is a GREAT artist and this is her best album. She really puts a signature stamp on hip-hop/soul with this one. This album makes the statement, "Faith Evans is not just another young pretty R&B singer but a REAL recording artist that can produce well crafted music" I love Faith and I can't wait to see what the "Future Holds"for her.

tarsha_naychell ,

Got knocked off of this one!!

This is the best cd she has made aside from her first. Needless to say I have a 5yr old daughter due to this album. My BD (baby daddy) used to steal this cd all the time. Love u Faith.

Connoisseur of all things musical ,

NEED TO ADD "BURNIN' UP (JUST BLAZE REMIX)"

This album is ok, but the Just Blaze remix of Burnin' Up puts the original album version to shame (sorry, Neptunes). Please find a way to add this track, which I think only came out on vinyl 12". Thanks in advance.

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