“I have the faith that can move any mountain. Faith that can conquer anything.”
Highlights: No Other Love, Ain’t Nobody, Come Over, All This Love, Give It To Me.
Faith Evans proved that she can conquer anything with the release of her debut album (Faith,) released 21 years ago today. Faith stomped into the music world, and things have not been the same since. Before releasing her own album, Evans was protege of Al B. Sure. Eventually, she was discovered by Diddy and signed to his Arista imprint: Bad Boy Records. Not too long after that, she met and married the late Notorious B.I.G. Faith wrote and sang background on Mary J. Blige’s My Life album, and also wrote for Usher and Pebbles. It was only a matter of time, before it was Fizzy from Brick City’s time to shine.
Faith is a feel good album that you sit at home, and sip wine to. The concept of Faith is primarily about her marriage to BIG. If you listen to songs like No Other Love, Used to Love Me, Fallin’ in Love, the hit Soon As I Get Home..you can comprehend the rocky relationship that Evans was known to have with her husband. The interludes on Faith are perfection as well. You Are My Joy is dedicated to Faith’s first child Chyna, and is Faith basically telling her daughter that she is why she does this singing thing.
Faith’s cover of Rose Royce’s hit Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, is a standout on this album as well. On earlier pressings of the album, LDLHA was a duet from Faith and Mary J. Blige. The version with Mary is so beautiful, because of the story behind it.
However, it was removed from future pressings and it includes only Faith singing the record. (You have to read Faith’s memoir to get the tea on that one). Faith transitions to a fan favorite “Come Over” and the hit that made her a star, “Soon as I get Home.” Soon as I get Home tells a story that we all know so well. The rest of the album is a smooth quiet storm story that you can play during a nighttime car ride.
With Thank You Lord being the interlude before You Used To Love Me, Faith pays homage to her gospel background. It is evident that Faith’s favorite gospel singer is Karen Clark-Sheard, because she is like her long lost musical daughter on this little interlude. Everything about this entire album is perfection. A flaw is not found on any of Faith’s albums, because she is a MUSICIAN. Faith is simply one of those albums, you have to hear before you die.
The production behind Faith, is simply remarkable. With Diddy and Chucky Thompson producing a chunk of the album, it flows well with the messages Faith is discussing in her beautifully written love songs. No Other Love (which samples Isaac Hayes’ Walk on By,) is my favorite because of the lyrics behind the song. YOU WANT TO SING ABOUT HOW YOUR MAN’S LOVE IS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE’S!
The production on Give it To Me is incredible. Sampling “In the Mood” by Tyrone Davis, Give It To Me is a smoky jazz sounding record that will make you love your man in ways I will not describe on this platform.
Faith is easily one of the best albums to come out of the 1990s. Being a huge fan of Faith, I feel as if she’s a slept on treasure in the R&B world. She is more than Biggie’s widow. Listen to not only this album, but the others. Faith is simply incomparable, and deserves ALL of her flowers while she’s still with us. Faith has had her shares of ups and downs, but she always come out on top. Faith is a triumph and testament that you can conquer anything.
Happy Faithiversary! – MJ.
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No Other Love ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fallin’ In Love ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ain’t Nobody ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Come Over ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Soon As I Get Home ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All This Love ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank You Lord (Interlude) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You Used To Love Me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Give It To Me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You Don’t Understand ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Don’t Be Afraid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️