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Something About Faith
on December 5, 2010
I'm a die-hard fan for Faith Evans but sometimes I forget that she got started in the biz as a songwriter so I must give her props for co-writing the majority of this album and also commend her for putting her money where her mouth is in terms of going independent this time around.
There are mostly mid-tempo head nod inducing tracks here and only one real uptempo dance track, PARTY F/ REDMAN but the one constant is Faith's smooth vocal delivery. I was overjoyed to see her get a grammy nom because for too many years true r&b artists have been ignored for whoever seemed to be: Black, female & hot at that moment so I'm glad that her hard work was recognized.
The lead single, GONE ALREADY, is a great track - it's melodic and the lyrics tell a story. Other tracks that stand out to me are:
BABY LAY - this is a smooth track that I hope they release as a single;
I STILL - mellow track again featuring mature lyrics;
WAY YOU MOVE F/ SNOOP - this is a mid-tempo head nodder featuring Snoop, whose melodic rap enhances but doesn't overpower the track (I initially did not like this when it leaked but having listened to it a few times, it grew on me);
RIGHT HERE - I like how Faith kinda sing/raps a portion of the song;
CHANGE - inspirational track with uplifting lyrics;
TROUBLED WORLD F/ KELLY PRICE & JESSICA REEDY - I recognized Jessica Reedy as a contestant on BET's Sunday Best gospel singing competition and have always loved when Kelly collabos with Faith so I knew I'd love this song; inspirational lyrics sung by 3 powerhouse vocalists (I hope this gets released to the Gospel/Inspirational music market).
Disappointing tracks are: CANT' STAY AWAY F/ KEYSHIA COLE - when I heard that they recorded together I couldn't wait to hear it but this track is way too overproduced and drowns out both singers. This could've been as great as Keyshia's duet with Monica but sadly the poor production tanks it; YOUR LOVER - also too overproduced, there is a sound in the background (either water or applause? not sure) but whatever it is it's distracting and takes away from the vocal arrangement which is good.
Well done, Ms. Dunaway! Good luck @ the grammies!