Keep the Faith

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Faith Evans' second album Keep the Faith was met with quite a bit of anticipation. The album was released three years after her acclaimed, soulful, and raw debut Faith, and in that time she had witnessed the murder of her husband the Notorious B.I.G., which led to the biggest hit of her career and one of the biggest of the 1990s, the tribute "I'll Be Missing You" in collaboration with Puff Daddy. Keep the Faith proved to be a success, and she happily avoided the curse of the sophomore slump. The album scored two Top Ten singles with the irresistible dance/R&B cut "Love Like This" and its follow-up, the equally intoxicating "All Night Long." Aside from those two dance...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Faith Evans' second album Keep the Faith was met with quite a bit of anticipation. The album was released three years after her acclaimed, soulful, and raw debut Faith, and in that time she had witnessed the murder of her husband the Notorious B.I.G., which led to the biggest hit of her career and one of the biggest of the 1990s, the tribute "I'll Be Missing You" in collaboration with Puff Daddy. Keep the Faith proved to be a success, and she happily avoided the curse of the sophomore slump. The album scored two Top Ten singles with the irresistible dance/R&B cut "Love Like This" and its follow-up, the equally intoxicating "All Night Long." Aside from those two dance numbers, the rest of the album falls somewhere between heavy ballads and mid-tempo grooves. Ms. Evans shines when she sings fast or mid-tempo songs, such as the slick "Life Will Pass You By," but the ballads weigh too heavily on this otherwise fine album. Some of the ballads stand tall, such as the gorgeous "My First Love" and the inspiration-tinged "Keep the Faith," while others are about as entertaining and inspired as tree sap "Anything You Need" and the yawn-inducing interludes. Unfortunately, these ballads are all lumped together on this album, to the point where they almost blend into one long drip of molasses. However, the classy Ms. Evans possesses a beautiful voice, is a gifted songwriter, and happily steers clear of the tacky clich├ęs that burden so much contemporary R&B. So despite the heavy reliance on ballads, this is actually a fine album, and is without a doubt a highlight of 1990s soul-pop music. Other notable tunes include the beautiful "Never Gonna Let You Go," which could be classified as the last great Babyface hit song of the 1990s that song, incidentally, topped the R&B charts and hit the Top 20 on the pop charts, and the Dianne Warren-penned "Lately I," which never became the hit it should have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 786127301625
  • Catalog Number: 73016
  • Sales rank: 46,787

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Faith (Intro) (0:59)
  2. 2 Love Like This (4:35)
  3. 3 All Night Long - Puff Daddy (3:54)
  4. 4 Sunny Days (4:20)
  5. 5 Tears Away (Interlude) (1:42)
  6. 6 My First Love (4:59)
  7. 7 Anything You Need (5:59)
  8. 8 No Way (5:02)
  9. 9 Life Will Pass You By (4:48)
  10. 10 Keep the Faith (5:02)
  11. 11 Special Place (Interlude) (1:01)
  12. 12 Never Gonna Let You Go (4:27)
  13. 13 Stay (Interlude) (1:56)
  14. 14 Caramel Kisses (4:42)
  15. 15 Lately I (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Faith Evans Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Keyboards, Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Nathan East Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Mario Winans Overdubs
Damon Thomas Keyboards
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
112 Track Performer
Diddy Track Performer
Kelly Price Background Vocals
Mike Mason Piano, Strings
Kenya Ivey Background Vocals
Tavia Ivey Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer, drum programming
David Foster Producer, Vocal Producer
Tony Black Engineer
Tom Cassel Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer, Executive Producer
Ron Lawrence Producer
Axel Niehaus Arranger, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Rob Paustian Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Todd Russaw Associate Executive Producer
Thom Russo Engineer
Doug Wilson Engineer
Faith Evans Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Carl Thomas Vocal Arrangements
Damon Thomas drum programming
112 Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
DJ Rodgers Arranger
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Associate Executive Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Engineer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Kelly Price Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Carl Thompson Producer
Lorne Rawls Arranger
Joe "Smilin' Joe" Perrera Engineer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence Producer
Richard "Younglord" Frierson Producer
Mike Mason Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true Must Have- Gorgeous!!!!

    Faith Evans Truly proved why she is a singer on this album. She has the ability to show some hip-hop soul as well as the heart-felt balads. Being the first lady of Bad Boy Records she truly is what we really need in the music industry,. I definitely reccomend thids for anyone who loves great, unforgettable music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like Fine Wine, Faith get better with time.....

    Even though Faith has seen alot of pain and tradgedy, she has triumphed in the love of a good and of her children! This is another must have! Her new CD entitled Faithfully is going to be released on October 23, 2001. This has been heralded as her best one to date! If you love good R&B music....add all three to your music collection...the girl can 'sang''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The First Lady of Bad Boy!

    This is another good album from this lady who obviously been though alot in the past years, you can tell that the way she expresses herself in her songs all of which is heart felt, soothing and even uplifting. Every track has a message, you just have to listen to find it.

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