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Evans, Faith : Faithfully

Half a good album...

Evans, Faith : Faithfully

6 / 10 You gotta say, before you check out 'Faithfully', that Faith Evans really has to deliver.

She's returned to an r&b scene still rocking to a revived Mary J Blige, still blown away by Alicia Keys' debut,

still reeling from the death of Aaliyah. Just as when Evans' right-hand man Puffy re-emerged,

a new Faith album could be a bit, "who cares?"





Well, it's better than we might've expected. Opener 'Alone In This World' is a tight Eve-esque

number, while the awesome, Indeep-sampling 'Back To Love' is almost house with it's tough

disco-funk groove and quasi-acid bassline. The latter especially is a cool, brave move, and a

relief to hear after so much sub-Timbaland tick-tock production. It could be the way to go.





It's a high-point, and things get a little sappy from here, 'Don't Cry' an especially

non-descript ballad, while the title track is just a bit too Lionel Richie to cut it.

The final stretch is a long haul, everything getting mid-tempo and warbly, 'Can't Believe'

arriving with those dread words "featuring Carl Thomas" - hip hop's very own king of schmaltz.

By the time 'Love Song (Interlude)' kicks in, with its sub-Jill Scott sultriness, you're wishing

she'd had a better editor - but then Puffy rarely knows when to stop.





Half a good album then, and it's a really good half.

But you gotta wonder if that's enough.





Christian Ward

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