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Something About Faith [CD]

Faith Evans Audio CD
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This is Faith Evan’s time. You can see it in her toned physique, sense it in her confident manner and hear it on her fourth cd (and debut on Capitol Records) The First Lady. Featuring songs written and arranged by Faith, and production from the Neptunes, Chucky Thompson, Mario Winans, Brian Cox, Jermaine Dupri and Carvin and Ivan, The First Lady is the platinum selling, Grammy winning ... Read more in Amazon's Faith Evans Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: E1 Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0040T77KI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Something About Faith (Intro),
2. I Still,
3. Way You Move Featuring Snoop Dogg (Album Extended Version),
4. Real Things,
5. Worth It,
6. Gone Already,
7. Party Featuring Redman,
8. Right Here,
9. Your Lover,
10. Can't Stay Away Featuring Keyshia Cole,
11. Sunshine,
12. Everyday Struggle Featuring Raekwon,
13. The Love In Me,
14. Change,
15. Troubled World Featuring Kelly Price & Jessica Reedy,
16. Troubled World Pt.2 Featuring Lil Mo & Estelle,
17. Baby Lay.

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BBC Review

Faith Evans is from the old school of soulful RnB; she could add a lilt and some beats to a takeaway menu and make it sound tender. It’s a truly marvellous voice, so honeyed and magnetic – but that’s the sort of damaging tenacity that leads a career down an alleyway.

Her albums are often hit and miss affairs, marked by her penchant for taking chances. It’s more than a penchant; she’s never been afraid of honesty, using a different tack each time to explore a new range of emotions. It worked best on 2001’s Faithfully, which gave her a voice away from the ghetto, replaced firmly into the territory of gritty, raw emotion – through lively production and a mix between punch-packed neo-disco and sultrier, low-slunk ballads.

Mixing styles as default doesn’t pay off on Something About Faith for two main reasons, the first being the amount of guest stars shoehorned in for credence. Raekwon, Kelly Price, Snoop Dogg, Redman and Keyshia Cole are just some of the names present, but too briefly and anonymously to merit their fees. And the second reason is the lyrical content – the album journeys through genres for fun, all the while forgetting to veer from its pedestrian substance.

Something About Faith is hugely varied in sound, perhaps a symbol of it being the first album Evans has released on an independent record label. But for each take, and each combination of producers, there’s always another artist making more enticing sounds. Salaam Remi’s "broken-bottle", reggae-tinged production on The Love In Me sounds weak compared with his work with Jazmine Sullivan, while the jazz and gospel tinges on Change and slow jam Right Here slip by unnoticed, loitering in the middle of the road.

Sure, Evans’ vocals can leave ears trembling, but that’s not shock enough. Something About Faith is an incredibly tame take on too many sounds, devoid of the personality that made her stand out. "Security, serenity, stability / The therapy, the memories, the unity / The loyalty, the honesty, the sanity / Familiar predictability," she lists on Real Things, which aims at personal and comes off faceless. It’s lazy.

If the gloss is intended as escapism, it doesn’t sound like she is having much fun. And at 16 tracks, Something About Faith is exceedingly filler-heavy. It’s time this legendary singer’s voice regained its personality.

--Natalie Shaw

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from her best. 31 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
Faith seems to be running out of ideas. And as result, standards have dropped. This new album isn't awful but it is far from great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre Faith 7 Oct 2010
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After hearing buzz single, "Way You Move (feat. Snoop Dogg)" and official lead single "Gone Already," I was excited about 'Something About Faith,' Evans's 5th studio release (not including Holiday album, 'A Faithful Christmas.') However initial reviews were pretty negative and thus I was apprehensive about this independent release.

Overall both reactions were right. The strongest songs are the two singles which stand out from an overlong playlist. "I Still" and "Baby Lay" are also standout tracks. The main problem with this album is that it is repetative. Faith doesn't deviate from her classic sound and many of the songs blend together. Her vocals are still on point but the songwriting seems lazy. As a whole, the album is relaxing to listen to but I very much doubt that I would choose to listen to this in a couple of weeks, nevermind in a couple of years. Collaborations with Keyshia Cole, Mary Mary and Kelly Price are not as stong as their talent deserves. The packaging, including the most horrendous front cover ever, does nothing to boost my opinion of the project.

The standout songs are worth checking out but this album wont win Faith any new fans. Even die hard fans will be disappointed. Ultimately, Faith Evans remains one of the great voices of R&B and her third album, 'Faithfully' is a must own. Check out her other albums but give this one a miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD Faith Evans -Something about Faith 11 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Lovely alubum. Faith purs like an angel. Album well worth buying. There are a few collaborations on the album but the album still remains true to Faith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Offerring from the First Lady 20 Jan 2011
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Its an album worth buying. Amazingly soulful and beautifully harmonious - the album is packed with Stone Winners! Its not as wonderful as FAITHFULLY for me - but its a much better album than THE FIRST LADY. It has many chilled,excellently sung and slickly-produced R&B cuts. She keeps it consistent and delivers amazing vocals against the backdrop of lush,smooth very pleasing to the ear grooves. A great addition to your collection - and the odd mainstream 'Top 40' moment for those who wouldn't usually get themselves a Faith album! 8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's definitely something about Faith! 6 Oct 2010
By Darah L. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
4.5 Stars
It's been a long time coming (5years & counting)since Faith's last c.d. All I can say is that it was well worth the wait. I went to the local Wal-Mart on lunch today to pick it up, and couldn't stop smiling the whole way back to work. Faith is back and better than ever. Her voice is great, and to me sounds even more mature, and solid. So glad she's back, and I love the range of music from laid back to hype party music, and from ballads to concious songs, she covers it all. Gotta love her!

The Something about Faith intro, sets the tone for this cd, and just gets you excited for what's to come.

I Still is classic Faith, (the girl sounds good) and I love the theme! In a day and time when people are breaking up over the smallest things, it's good to know that love can last when you put in the work (Big up Faye & Todd)(This is one of the stronger songs on the c.d and has potential to be the next single, I hope it is!)

Way you move, I loved from the first time I heard it. Snoop is so smooth, and this is such a feel good song. It's very simple and has a throwback feel to it, love it!

Real Things lyrically is very impressive, however I had a hard time catching the rythym so I could truly appreciate the lyrics. I do like the song, just wish the beat was a little more cohesive with her lyrics. The more you listen to it, the more it grows on you.

Worth it is Faith's spin on the classic, my man ain't doing me right type song, but it's actually enjoyable because of her vocal capability. You'll be singing right along with her, the hook is just infectious,I like it a lot!

Gone Alredy was a great choice for her first single. While it is really radio friendly, her voice is just awesome, and if you've ever been in that type of situation you feel it even more. Her voice just gets stronger throught the song. Perfection!

Party featuring Redman is an upbeat number, it sounds a little dated. It's definitely a party song, but not one of my favorites on the c.d.

Right Here, is just plain sexy, classic Faith puts you in the mind of some slower ballads of hers (Catching Feelings, Reasons). Really nice!

Your Lover is nice, the beat is really funky too,(if you can get over all of the clapping in the background), love the intro, and I love her style of singing here, where she's really matching her vocals with the jazzy style of the song.I picture her in a beautiful dress singing in front of a big gand, Dinah Washington syle.I really like the song it's cute and really fun.

Can't Stay away is another one for the radio. I really like Keyshia's take on the song, as she's singing a little higher (note wise) than Faith. Faith really takes a laid back vocal approach to the song. I like this song, even though I thought it would be more trading vocals between the two. This song also has potential to be a single,the beat is super hot, and the addition of Keyshia will pull in a new generation of listeners.

Sunshine is another upbeat song. Made me smile :)Faith always has to have an upbeat song e.g (Love like this, You used to love me) so this is one of them, while it's simple it's very catcy. I like!

Everday Struggle Feat Raekwon is good. It samples her former husband(Notorious Big. This song starts the more concious side of this c.d. It's real laid back,and reminds you to not take life for granted.

The love in me is for all of the faithfuls out there explaining just why we love her so much. Love it! The music at times reminds me of Billie Holiday .

Change is just a reminder that we all can make a difference. Very good job for the message, but production was very simple, (maybe too simple):(. It sounds like it would be used for a disaster situation (911, Haiti, etc). I don't listen to it every time. :(

Troubled World, has been out all over the web for awhile. I like the additions of Kelly Price, and Jessica Reedy (who is absolutely fab, just listen to the low notes she hits on the very first line!), and I love how it builds to the end. Another stellar performance vocally. All I can say is wow!

The Bonus Ballad Baby Lay is another sexy song. I really feel her on this one! She's simply telling her man relax, baby I got this! Love it, and her too!

I'm actually really happy with this outing! I am hopeful that a strong 2nd single will really push this project in the right direction. Love you Faith!
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4.0 out of 5 stars And that 'Something' is... 6 Oct 2010
By KonLi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's been far too long. When an artist waits five years between releases one begins to wonder whether or not they'll be able to recapture the acclaim they once enjoyed in the past. More importantly listeners still wonder if their artist still has 'it'. It can be said that without a doubt Faith Evans still has that 'it' factor. She has that unique quality to her voice. That 'something'. And in the context of today's true and pure R&B singers, vocally Faith Evans is a wonder woman.

The album opens in fine style with the first proper song "I Still". A nice mid-tempo r&b song, Faith's vocals and melismatic runs prove that my statement about her being a vocal wonder woman is not at all hyperbolic. Faith continues with the next song "Way You Move" ft. Snoop. The first release of this song on iTunes felt like a demo, but with the album version extended with her ad-libs it now feels like a full song. The next song "Real Things" can be a little jarring at first listen, but it does establish its groove and Faith is in fine voice throughout. One of the best tracks on the album is "Worth It". Backed by the production of long-time collaborator Chucky Thompson, Faith vocally slays a soon to be ex-romantic interest. It, along with "I Still" should be strong contenders for a follow up single release to the current single "Gone Already". It's easy to see why Faith chose this as the first single and quickly killed the release of "Way You Move" as the first single. Produced by Carvin & Ivan, Faith delivers some of her strongest vocals on this track.

While there is much to savor on this album, there is also plenty of filler. The first such filler track is her collaboration with Redman on "Party". It never seems to come together and seems somewhat out of place with the rest of the album. It seems rather rushed, poorly produced and Redman adds absolutely nothing to the track. Not as awkward as "Party" is Evans' collaboration with Keyshia Cole on "Can't Stay Away". Their vocals don't seem to mesh well at all on this clichéd r&b song. Faith does most of the heavy lifting (all the while trying to tone it down for the lesser vocally gifted Cole), while Keyshia resorts to basically screaming to match Faith's vocal. Equally vexing is "Everyday Struggle" with Raekwon. This is actually a great track and Faith does not falter on the song. It's Raekwon's cursing throughout the track that is really cloying and muddles the message of the song.

The album then peaks once again with "The Love in Me", "Change" (though Mary Mary seem to have been reduced basically to background vocals from what I can discern) and both versions of "Troubled World" also impress. And upon listening to Part II of "Your Lover" it makes the first part seem like an unnecessary addition. Part II should have been extended to be a full album track. It can be found however on the Best Buy version of the cd with another hidden gem, "Robot". I was truly impressed with the creativity of "Robot". And yes, Faith does use autotune on this song, but she still delivers an impressive vocal on a track that thinks completely outside of the box.

In all, Faith Evans gave us much on this album. Though at times she does sacrifice quality for quantity, I don't feel at all disappointed. Save for perhaps Kelly Price, Faith proves herself to be a peerless true r&b/soul singer. That 'Something' that she alludes to in her album title is an actual voice. And THAT is the one thing that none of these other dime-a-dozen r&b singers claim.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND THE FIRST LADY DELIVERS! 5 Oct 2010
By T. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been waiting on this album for a while now. Faith Evans has truly evolved into, what I will be able to tell my kids one day, a real icon in music 'when I was growing up.' The album features duets with Keyshia Cole on the song "Can't Stay Away," Redman is on the 'end of the work week' electrifying anthem "Party," Kelly Price and Raekwon also make an appearance on the album. Faith Evans, there is truly something special about her music, her voice, her soul, and her survival over many obstacles that came her way. I give this album 5 stars because it is REAL R & B. AND REAL R & B is back this year. We have Monica, Toni Braxton, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Fantasia, and many more who have delivered outstanding music this year and there is more to come. Faith Evans falls right in line with this release. Spend the money, support real R & B, I promise you won't regret it because there is "Something About Faith!" AND IT IS SOMETHING GOOD!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stay Away From This Album 5 Oct 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The wait was definitely worth it. I've been a fan of Faith since I seen Notorious with my mom and did research on her. She's one of my top 5 favorite artists of all time with her sweet, silky, high voice. She didn't disappoint us on this album. She has a lot of killer tracks that are reminiscent of the 90's we all love and miss.

1. Something About Faith - A good intro for an album. Should have been made into a full song. 8/10
2. I Still - A great mid-tempo song that makes you want to dance with your partner or just kick back and listen. 9.5/10
3. Way You Move - At first I didn't really like this song, but it grew on me. I heard the radio version of this song so it probably affected my opinion of this song. But the extended version is better. 8/10
4. Real Things - It's a grower and you'll find yourself humming the chorus. 8/10
5. Worth It - A throwback to the 90's Faith with her "Love Like This" jam in '98. It's one of my favorite tracks on this album. 10/10
6. Gone Already - I didn't really care for this at first, but it's grown on me. It's a little bit update with the music so you may find it to be "mainstream", but it's an overall good song. 8/10
7. Party - Now this is a track that should be played in clubs and at parties. It pretty much brings you back to the 90's. Redman always makes funky beats so I wasn't surprised to find this song to be a banger. Another favorite of mine 10/10
8. Right Here - A beautiful melody that sounds like "Brand New Man" from Faithfully. 9/10
9. Your Lover - I play this over and over in my head. I especially like the spoken verse at the end of the song and wish it could have been longer. It actually reminds me of Teena Marie's Portuguese Lover. 10/10
10. Can't Stay Away - It's okay, but not the best. Another "mainstream" song. 5/10
11. Sunshine - A really happy song that just makes you wanna go out riding. 10/10
12. Everyday Struggle - Knew what the song would sound like before even listening to it. I just knew it would have that sample from Biggie's '94 album "Ready To Die" 9/10
13. The Love In Me - Sounds like "Keep The Faith" from her '98 album which was my favorite track on it. 8/10
14. Change - I don't really listen to this much, but I like the song. 7/10
15. Troubled World - I don't really listen to this either, but I love the message of the song. It's beautiful and it's one of those songs you listen to whenever you feel like it.
16. Baby Lay - Yes! A throwback to "All My Love" from Faith. 10/10

Top 5
1. Your Lover
2. Baby Lay
3. Worth It
4. Party
5. Right Here
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAITH'S BACK- BETTER THAN EVER 16 Oct 2010
By I'mgoingtotellyouthetruth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like Faith's past albums then you will LOVE this one. From the start I fell in love with many of the songs and I am glad to see her back. This buy was worth every penny I spent and I hope she gets the credit that she is due.
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