Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Hip-Hop - Evans provides all flavours...
Keysha Davis 2002
Having one of the most magnetic voices in the music business today, doesn't necessarily guarantee you the necessary magazine covers, double platinum record sales or golden industry awards. If there were one singer who is testimony to this fact, it would be Faith Evans. More celebrated for partaking in "Ghetto-ised" real life, Soap Opera's than her vocal chords, Faith's new album attempts to tiptoe further away from this notoriety, which in all fairness, expired at least four years ago.
Faithfully is Faith's most ambitious and confident project to date. By now, you've all seen the video, to "You Gets No Love", a brash, bassy track featuring a svelte looking Ms Evans vocally knocking out, the silly fool, who dared to "play with her emotions". This is surprisingly hardcore stuff, from a woman who had previously only sung, subtle, love monologues in her trademark jazzy, ethereal style. The hip-hop influence continues further with opening track " Alone in This World", which borrows a sample from Mobb Deep's " Give Up The Goods". This moody track provides the perfect accompaniment to Faith's raspy, vocals, as she echoes the bewilderment of a lover gone astray, leaving her to fend for herself in this world. "Burnin' Up" is probably the main contender for crossover appeal. Produced by the Neptunes, the latest hit making collective with the Midas touch, this track has all the hallmarks of their previous chart toppers - continuous guitar strumming, plenty beats per minute and a ridiculously repetitive chorus. Other club friendlies include "Back To Love" which samples "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" and "Can't Believe" a duet with Carl Thomas.
Old Faith fans that may feel a little neglected due to her new musical direction, need fear not, as a collection of jazzy/blues tunes are also included on this disc. The simply titled "I Love You" has a summery retro feel to it, with Faith sounding like a young Michael Jackson. "Brand New Man" is a gospel tinged, woman's anthem which dramatically climaxes with a plea for every woman who has ever been wronged to put her hands up.
Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Hip-Hop - Evans provides all flavours for a variety of listeners on Faithfully. If this fails to hit the mainstream charts, it will definitely go down as a street classic. Let's hope this will bury the shroud of negativity that has followed the singer once and for all, and help to focus on one of the most powerful set of vocals in the music industry today.