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Keep The Faith

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Keep The Faith by Faith Evans
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Personnel includes: Faith Evans, 112 (vocals); Steven "Stevie J." Jordan (various instruments); Michael Thompson (guitar); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Babyface (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Damon Thomas (keyboards, programming); Nathan East (bass); Ricky Lawson (drums); Kelly Price, Kenya Ivey, Tavia Ivey (background vocals).

Producers include: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Babyface, Steven "Stevie J." Jordan, J-Dub, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence.

Engineers include: Joe Perrera, Tom Russo, "Prince Charles" Alexander.

The title of Faith Evans's sophomore album, KEEP THE FAITH, seems appropriate. In the years immediately following the release of her successful debut, her husband, the Notorious B.I.G., was the victim of a much-publicized murder. Yet Evans persevered by making a record that built on the promise of her first album and refined some of its raw edges.

Assured, elegant, and possessed of a powerful, flexible voice, Evans lays it down with a mix of ballads, mid-tempo grooves, and uptempo dance tracks. The latter are the highlights of KEEP THE FAITH, and stand-outs "Love Like This" (with its irresistible Chic sample) and the slinky funk track "All Night Long" both shot straight up the charts. Fans looking for more of the like might not take to the emphasis on balladry, but Evans's voice will endear tunes like the lovely "My First Love" to nearly any listener. KEEP THE FAITH eventually went platinum, further solidifying Evans's standing as hip-hop and R&B royalty.

What the critics say…

Entertainment Weekly (10/30/98, p.114) - "…KEEP THE FAITH remains commercial R&B, all bedroom strings and Babyface-style acoustic accents. what sets Evans apart is that she, like her soul sista Mary J. Blige, investigates her pain in a way that contradicts the lush sonics…" - Rating: A-
Q (12/00, p.143) - 3 stars out of 5 - "…Proves that in voice and soul, she's every inch Mary J. Blige's equal…"
Urban Latino (2/99, p.80) - 4 out of 4 - "…bonafide, homegrown R&B sounds….steeped in the Blues and Gospel traditions….Evans [is] a true Soul singer….a great pick for you lovers…"

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Faith - (intro)
  2. Love Like This
  3. All Night Long - (featuring Puff Daddy)
  4. Sunny Days
  5. Tears Away - (interlude)
  6. My First Love
  7. Anything You Need
  8. No Way
  9. Life Will Pass You By
  10. Keep The Faith
  11. Special Place - (interlude)
  12. Never Gonna Let You Go
  13. Stay - (interlude)
  14. Caramel Kisses - (featuring 112)
  15. Lately I
Release date NZ
May 3rd, 2005
Bad Boy Entertainment
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