Faith Evans' musical style hasn't changed much over the years, and her sixth studio album, "Something About Faith," delivers the latest batch of soulful yet predictable ballads from the R&B singer.
Evans reveals a more elegant sound with first single "Gone Already," showcasing her slightly trembling vocals over piano and a subdued bass line. And the super smooth "Right Here" and bedtime ballad "Baby Lay" are just as great, with Faith seamlessly slipping her gospel-ready voice into a sexier tone.
But the album's downfall is in its production. Evans sounds choked, straining to be heard over the music behind "Can't Stay Away," which sounds much better suited to collaborator Keyshia Cole. The upbeat "Party" sounds dated, and the inclusion of Redman on the track only drives home that point.
Evans tackles hard living on "Everyday Struggle," featuring Raekwon, but the social message seems forced. And Snoop Dogg adds a nice touch to the somewhat cheesy "Way You Move," where Faith gushes "your style is crazy, sexy, baby."
Gospel powerhouses Kelly Price and Jessica Reedy join Faith on "Troubled World." It's the one collaboration that truly works, and the only track that manages to show the depth and richness of the voice that has gotten Evans this far.
Check this track out: A fed up Evans prepares to deliver walking papers to a low-performing love interest on the jazzy, funky "Worth It."
Melanie Sims, Associated Press
'Something About Faith'