Faith (Faith Evans album)
|Studio album by Faith Evans|
|Released||August 29, 1995|
|Recorded||November 1994 – June 1995|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop soul|
|Producer||Prince Charles Alexander, Sean Combs (Exec.), Mark Ledford, Herb Middleton, Jean-Claude Olivier, Timothy Riley, Chucky Thompson|
|Faith Evans chronology|
|Singles from Faith|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Faith is the debut album by American R&B singer Faith Evans, released by Bad Boy Records on August 29, 1995 in the United States. Featuring main production by The Hitmen members Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Chucky Thompson, as well as Mark Ledford, Herb Middleton, and Jean-Claude Olivier, among others.
The album, which spawned the gold-certified hits "You Used to Love Me" and "Soon As I Get Home", was certified Platinum by the RIAA in March 1996. Faith contains a cover of the Rose Royce's single "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" featuring Mary J. Blige.
Newly contracted to Bad Boy Records, Evans was consulted by executive producer Combs to contribute backing vocals and writing skills to Mary J. Blige's My Life (1994) and Usher's self-titled debut album (1994) prior to starting work on her debut record album Faith. Producer Chucky Thompson- who helmed most of the album- recalls meeting Evans for the first time by her doing vocal production work on Usher's album. Though she initially was a protégé of Al B. Sure!'s, she eventually signed to Bad Boy and insisted on Thompson producing her entire album after hearing him playing music on the piano in the studio. Thompson said Evans' first single "You Used To Love Me" was originally planned for her labelmates Total, but Evans wrote to the track after hearing the music and it was the first song finished for her album. The second single "Soon As I Get Home" was done to pass the time at the studio because Thompson had a flight to catch later that day. As he was about to leave, he received a call from Combs insisting he record the music Evans heard him play before he got on the plane. Evans later left a message on Thompson's answering machine- which was the song she wrote and recorded. Thompson said the song was finished and he didn't add any other touches to it.
Another song on the album, "You Don't Understand", was primarily influenced by Evans' marriage to The Notorious B.I.G.. The music of R. Kelly was the primary inspiration for the musical arrangement, according to Thompson. The third single from the album was the song "Ain't Nobody". Thompson said it was influenced by the song "Can't Let Her Get Away" by Michael Jackson from his 1991 album Dangerous. When he started on the music, he didn't do the tracking until after Combs came to hear the song and gave him the go ahead to track it. When Thompson attempted the first time after Combs left, the plug came out from the machine and the entire track was erased- which led him having to do it all over again from scratch. The final single released from the album, "Come Over", was initially supposed to be an interlude. However, Evans insisted the interlude should be made into a full song. Another album track on Faith, "All This Love" was written by Evans and her boyfriend prior to her marriage to The Notorious B.I.G., but Thompson revealed the music was composed five years before he met Evans. The CD bonus track "Reasons" featured uncredited background vocals from Blackstreet member Dave Hollister. The reason for his appearance was due to Evans and Blackstreet recording their debut albums at the same studio, but only on different floors. Also originally planned as an interlude, Blackstreet member and producer Teddy Riley came looking for Hollister and overheard the two singing "Reasons". Riley then suggested to Combs that it should be made into a full song. Faith was recorded primarily at The Hit Factory and Combs' personal studio Daddy's House Recording- both of which were based in New York City.
Released on August 29, 1995 in North America, the album was a collaboration with Bad Boy's main producers "The Hitmen", including Chucky Thompson and Combs, but it resulted in recordings with Poke & Tone and Herb Middleton. Faith became a success based on the singles "You Used to Love Me" and "Soon as I Get Home". The album was certified Platinum with 1,500,000 copies sold, according to RIAA.
Release and reception
Entertainment Weekly (8/11/95, p. 52) - "...packed with sensual, smoky R&B torch songs and titanium-hard hip-hop beats--Faith seems set to take her place at the top of the mountain of young soul divas..." - Rating: A-
Vibe (9/95, p. 192) - "...possesses a perfect voice. Folks have likened that voice to rain, and it's an appropriate metaphor....can sound as lilting as a summer shower or as electric as a thunderstorm. Her instrument's potential seems boundless....more Whitney than Mary, more classic than nouveau."
The Source (9/95, p. 104) - "...For those closet sentimentalists or those who like to get their slow drag on....when you're working with the man who perfected the remix, there's still a good chance that FAITH will not only be pumping on rainy nights in the crib but also on summer days in the Land Cruisers too..."
Credits adapted from liner notes.
|1||"Faith (Interlude)"||0:41||Faith Evans||Chucky Thompson|
|2||"No Other Love"||4:24||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs|
|3||"Fallin' in Love"||4:33||Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, LaTonya Blige, Gordon Chambers||Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Timothy "Tyme" Riley, Sean "Puffy" Combs|
|4||"Ain't Nobody"||5:13||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|5||"You Are My Joy (Interlude)"||1:08||Faith Evans||Chucky Thompson|
|6||"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"||4:15||Mary J. Blige||Miles Gregory||Prince Charles Alexander, Mark Ledford, Sean "Puffy" Combs|
|7||"Come Over"||5:35||Faith Evans, Floyd Howard||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|8||"Soon As I Get Home"||5:24||Faith Evans, Sean "Puffy" Combs||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|9||"All This Love"||6:02||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|10||"Thank You Lord (Interlude)"||0:55||Faith Evans||Faith Evans|
|11||"You Used to Love Me"||4:28||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|12||"Give It to Me"||4:35||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|13||"You Don't Understand"||5:01||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|14||"Don't Be Afraid"||4:55||Faith Evans, Latrice Shaw||Herb Middleton|
|15||"Reasons" (Bonus Track)||5:01||Faith Evans||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
- "Fallin' in Love" samples "Remind Me" by Patrice Rushen
- "Give It to Me" samples "In the Mood" by Tyrone Davis
- "No Other Love" samples "Walk on By" by Isaac Hayes
|U.S. Billboard 200||Billboard||22|
|U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||2|
- Allmusic review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Rolling Stone Album Guide
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- Faith Evans - Faith (CD liner notes). Bad Boy Entertainment/Arista Records. 78612-73003-2