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Faithfully

Flavorful is the word that comes to mind after listening to Faith Evans' third studio album. Missing in solo action since 1998's Keep the Faith, she wraps her gospel-trained chops around a mix of R&am

Flavorful is the word that comes to mind after listening to Faith Evans' third studio album. Missing in solo action since 1998's Keep the Faith, she wraps her gospel-trained chops around a mix of R&B-, hip-hop-, and jazz-flavored party jams, midtempo grooves, and ballads, making it a much stronger project than her previous outing. Leading the charge: the sophisticated-yet-street first single "You Gets No Love." Evans pays tribute to late husband Notorious B.I.G. (integrating his

"Who Shot Ya" into the moving "Alone in This World"), jumps on the dancefloor (the retro "Back to Love" using Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"), and dabbles with jazz (calling on Hubert Laws and Michael Franks). But her distinctive vocals shine best on such original tunes as the sparse "Love Can't Hide"—clearly showing she's still only scratched the surface

of her potential.—GM