First Lady

First Lady

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by Faith Evans
     
 

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The first Faith Evans album without the Bad Boy logo on the sleeve and the word "faith" in the title, The First Lady thankfully offers nothing else in the way of a shake-up. The wait between 2001's Faithfully and this 2005 release was easily the longest in Evans' career. If there was any creative block during the time away, itSee more details below

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The first Faith Evans album without the Bad Boy logo on the sleeve and the word "faith" in the title, The First Lady thankfully offers nothing else in the way of a shake-up. The wait between 2001's Faithfully and this 2005 release was easily the longest in Evans' career. If there was any creative block during the time away, it doesn't show. In fact, The First Lady proves that she only gets better with time, as she goes through more ups and downs and continues to absorb her inspirations. At less than an hour in running time, it's her shortest album to date, which also helps make it her tightest. Where her first three albums are too lengthy, often bogged down with some lukewarm ballads, The First Lady is terrifically balanced in its distribution of club tracks, midtempo grooves, and slow jams -- with a knowing, timely homage to the late Lyn Collins thrown effectively into the mix -- and its tactful sequencing should give a lot of skip and delete buttons a break. Whatever dip in quality that transpires during the latter half of the album has more to do with the first half's excellence and numerous dimensions, including the punchy Neptunes production "Goin' Out," the sparkling "I Don't Need It," the uplifting "Again" (a good match with Fantasia's similarly affirming "Baby Mama"), and "Stop n Go" -- a gorgeous ballad with a devastating chorus. Evans, as always, does the bulk of the songwriting and some of the production with some key help. Jermaine Dupri, Chucky Thompson, Mario Winans, and the ubiquitous Bryan-Michael Cox also assist, but Carvin "Ransum" Haggins and Ivan "Orthodox" Barias deserve a lot of credit for their work on half of the songs. The First Lady is as well-rounded as an R&B album gets, regardless of the age it's part of. Like Teedra Moses' neglected Complex Simplicity, it smartly incorporates throwback aspects into state-of-the-art pop-soul.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724357729727
catalogNumber:
77297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faith Evans   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Harley White   Bass
Mario Winans   Bass,Vocals
Russ Brown   Guitar
Twista   Rap
Pharrell Williams   Vocals
William Rodney Prince   Percussion
Rod Morgan   Keyboards
Matt Cappy   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tony Aliperti   Guitar
Pusha T   Rap
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
Jay Shawn Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Manny Marroquin   Engineer
Todd Russaw   Producer,Executive Producer,Management
Andrew Slater   Vocal Producer
C. Thompson   Composer
Howard Willing   Engineer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
Faith Evans   Composer,Producer
James Harris   Composer
Chucky Thompson   Producer,Audio Production
Andrew M. Shack   Executive Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Andre Johnson   Producer
Neptunes   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Caren   Producer,Engineer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Mechalie Jamison   Composer
Toxic   Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
John Hanes   Digital Editing
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer,Instrumentation
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ben Briggs   Engineer
Brad Todd   Engineer
T. Calloway   Composer
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Eric Hunter   Engineer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Producer,Instrumentation
T. Gozney Thornton   Composer
Original Heads   Producer

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