A Faithful Christmas

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A Faithful Christmas
Studio album by Faith Evans
Released October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
Genre Christmas
Length 38:00
Label Capitol
Producer
  • Todd Russaw (exec.)
  • Faith Evans (exec.)
  • PJ Morton
  • Kowan “Q” Paul
  • Gil Smith II
Faith Evans chronology
The First Lady
(2005)
A Faithful Christmas
(2005)
Something About Faith
(2010)

A Faithful Christmas is a Christmas album and the fifth studio album by American recording artist Faith Evans, released on October 25, 2005 by Capitol Records. Work on the album began in mid-2005 after the release of her fourth studio album The First Lady. A collection of holiday songs, it contains standards such as "White Christmas" and "Santa Baby" alongside two new compositions, "Happy Holiday" and "Christmas Wish", both of which were written by Evans and her daughter Chyna Griffin.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
People 2.5/4 stars[3]

The album received generally mixed reviews from critics. In his review for Allmusic, Andy Kellman from wrote that the album sounded "very uneven and hastily thrown together." He criticized A Faithful Christmas for switching between "thoroughly modern" and classic Christmas songs, calling Evans's original material on the album "spirited but bland." He however praised her "straightforward version" of "The Day That Love Began."[1] Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly found that "some of her beat-heavy originals are Faith-based fun [but] misses include an old James Brown Xmas tune with way more 'Good Gods!' than any non-Godfather should attempt."[2] People magazine writer Chuck Arnold felt that "the girliness of "Santa Baby" and playfulness of "Mistletoe and Holly" don't suit [Evans]. More fittingly, the CD closes with "O Come All Ye Faithful."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Happy Holiday"  
  • Faith Evans
  • Chyna T. Griffin
5:19
2. "The Day That Love Began"  
3:26
3. "Soulful Christmas"   3:06
4. "Santa Baby"  
  • Joan Javits
  • Philip Springer
  • Tony Springer
3:19
5. "Merry Christmas Baby"  
4:33
6. "Mistletoe and Holly"  
2:16
7. "Christmas Wish"  
  • Evans
  • Griffin
  • Lou Baxter
  • Johnny Dudley Moore
  • Toni Coleman
3:31
8. "Christmas Song"   3:35
9. "This Christmas"  
3:51
10. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 3:26
11. "O Come, All ye Faithful"   John Francis Wade 3:37
Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Willman, Chris (2005-12-16). "Xmas Cheers (and Jeers) (Page 2)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b Arnold, Chuck (2005-12-12). "Picks and Pans: Music". People. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Faith Evans Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Faith Evans. Retrieved November 9, 2014.

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