Faith Evans has had a phenomenal year. In April, she dropped her Capitol Records debut, The First Lady, which many would consider to be her best album to date. From the album, we received numerous hits, including “Again,” “Tru Love,” and “Mesmerized.” Through the hard work she did with The First Lady, she was able to prove to the world that despite her hard times, the love and joy that she so effortlessly conveys through her music remained unscathed.
Now, as the year draws to a close, she’s ready to offer the world a bit of holiday spirit with Faithful Christmas. Offering her take on many Christmastime classics, such as Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song,” James Brown’s “Merry Christmas Baby” (the horns are amazing on this one), and Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” this album is sure to warm many-a-heart.
While so many others have tried doing Christmas albums, only a few have been successful. Evans’ will be among the successful due to the fact that she’s not just giving you the same ol’ song. She puts her own spin on every single track, and makes it her own, even flexing her newfound rap muscle on “Soulful Christmas." To make things even better, she gives us pure holiday originals in “Christmas Wish” and the album opener “Happy Holiday.” This is definitely an album that should be in the CD changer this holiday season, right behind that of the Temptations.