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Faith Evans came with her debut album in 1995. The then-Bad Boy signee, known later for her relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., sprang into the game with this one; "Faith", as she showed what she was personally capable of after having written for Mary J. Blige and Usher. Here the majority of the production is covered by Puffy and The Hitmen and they give a contemporary feel with the sort of Hip Hip Soul that Mary J was known for.
1. "Faith Interlude"
2. "No Other Love"
After coming off a smooth introduction, we see that we're taken right into the swing of things and a style that you'll be familiar with if you were down with the music coming out of the R&B end of Bad Boy or anything with The Hitmen on production in the early to mid nineties. This one really does the job as we see her easing us in with a freaky tune where she gives us a sample of what to expect from her.
3. "Fallin' In Love"
Puff Daddy is on the beats for this one with Poke of the Trackmasters and we see that the two of them come out with a classic, two-stepper of a cut that forces you into a party mood. It isn't in-your-face in the style that the Hip Hop counterpart would be for a party jam, and instead you get a smooth piece where you get a bass and groove-driven piece that I can't see too many having problems with.
4. "Ain't Nobody"
This one goes hard on the album and one that I felt really captured the overriding sound of the album. I have to say that this could be easily criticised when you consider the fact that it's really not all that original at a time when all female RB singers were going for this sort of sound, however I felt that the way that she does it with some of the best vocals around, you can't get caught up on something like that.
5. "You Are My Joy" (Lude)
6. "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
We come off a nice little interlude (where she's seen to sing towards her partner) into a song that has her opening things out. For the first time here we get a tune that has her taking on the work of another as we see that she decides that it's about time to show where he influences have come from and by covering some classic Rose Royce, she does this perfectly. Puffy brings the production up to modern times, but still manages to retain some of the classic late seventies feel to make it sit well on the release.
7. "Come Over"
Returning to normality, with Faith herself a prime songwriter in the music, we see that here we are given another powerful tune and one that has the rich production Chucky Thompson and Puffy perfectly matching what the vocalist is able to carry and it means that as a result we get another tune that seems to fit right into this album effortlessly and with impress those who engage with it and all it has to offer.
8. "Soon As I Get Home"
This one dropped as the second single from the thing. I thought that it stood out as a result and it seemed to lift things a little (as if we needed it) as we are forced, yet more, to trace our way back to this time when the album came out as we are immersed by the rich sounds intended to act as a massive contrast to the New jack Swing phase that had gone out of style a couple of years earlier as the music was recycled as it took inspiration from the late seventies and early eighties again.
9. "All This Love"
This is a nice example (one of many) where Faith herself is the sole songwriter to the piece and we see that in spite of being fresh to the game, she has what is needed to write something that suits what she's feeling and she seems to be able to perform it in a way that gets the most of the lyrics. I thought that there was a lot to like about this one and you'll be into this one if you liked all that came before it on the album.
10. "Thank You Lord" (Lude)
11. "You Used To Love Me"
After coming off another interlude, we see that here we're taken right into a heavy tune and the single that kicked-off Faith's run in the game as one of the biggest names in R&B. This was her debut single and one that stands right out for its very memorable bass guitar riff. From there, we see that she comes to bring an emotive song that squeezes everything out of her and ensures that she makes a good first impression on listeners.
12. "Give It To Me"
I'm sure that if you're not into this type of R&B (the prominent style from the early to mid nineties) then you are bound to feel that things have been rather samey so far, I have to say that I can't claim to have the same feelings as those as here she seems to find new ways to manipulate a style that sounds to be quite rigid (in spite of lots of flowing grooves). I thought that this was another great inclusion to the thing and another example of her making the most out of this approach to R&B.
13. "You Don't Understand"
This track seems to be a bit softer from a lot of the others and this is probably been down to just how much Funk was packed into the composition. It appears that things are stripped-down for this one in order to make her voice much more prominent in the music and I thought that it was nice to get a change like this on the album for a bit of a breather as we get to the latter stages of the LP.
14. "Don't Be Afraid"
The album ends with this track and we see that with it we have her coming with a song that seems to bring closure to the piece as it calms everything down and gives you a chance to just chill out after a lot of intense joints from her. This is another very nice one from her and I thought that it topped it off well as she comes out with another one with a nice bump to it, but one that has her vocals taking the lead role in things.
As mentioned before, this album isn't exactly innovative and is one of many albums in this style in the R&B field. Although this may be the case, I have to say that I thought that this was a very good example of this kind of thing (standing up to the sort of quality seen in Mary J. Blige's "What's The 411?" and "My Life") and so one that you shouldn't miss out on.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 No Other Love
3 Falling In Love
4 Ain't Nobody
5 You Are My Joy
6 Love Don't Live Here Anymore
7 Come Over
8 Soon As I Get Home
9 All This Love
10 Thank You Lord
11 You Used To Love Me
12 Give It To Me
13 You Don't Understand