“I never knew there was love, a love like this before.”
If there were words to explain this album, the ones above ironically yet perfectly sum it up.
Two years in the making, ‘Keep The Faith’ graced our stereos back in the spring of 1998 and has become probably one of the most memorable and timeless R&B albums from the last decade.
So why did this album hit such a chord with so many people around the world you may ask?
The answer doesn’t just lie with the impeccable bangers within the album but this record was monumental as it marked Evans’ return to music following the passing of her husband and hip-hop icon, Notorious B.I.G.
Released under Sean Combs’, better known as Puff Daddy or Diddy, iconic label Bad Boy Records from which it rapidly picked up pace and peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200 and was even certified platinum by the RIAA.
The record was mostly written and produced by Evans’ herself, which she described as initially being quite a challenging process as she encountered a lot of self-doubt in the early stages of the album.
As many already know, this album garnered plenty of commercial success with its top timeless singles, ‘Love Like This’ and ‘All Night Long’ which were most definitely the biggest stand-outs.
Eventually all of this extensive success prompted Evans’ to start up an 18 city theatre tour with Dru Hill and Total the following year.
Let’s just cut to the chase, trying to pick a top three was near on impossible but ya gal did it, here are my three ultimate gems from ‘Keep the Faith’.
‘Love Like This’
‘All Night Long’
If you urgently need that perfect ‘get-ready’ tune or simply an album you can just dance along to in your living room, then go get yourself a copy go ‘Keep the Faith’ HERE.