Faithful Man


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 90
    Fields sounds commandingly assured with songs that ache and bristle with lush convictions.
  2. Apr 10, 2012
    He proves every time he's on stage and across this wonderful LP...he's got it.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    [The] excellent Faithful Man is a product of the dream team of producers, arrangers, songwriters and players (the house band called the Expressions) at Brooklyn's Truth & Soul Records, whose history parallels Brooklyn's better-known Daptone.
  4. Mar 29, 2012
    Tracks like I Still Got It reaffirms that this dude, even at 61, is "cool and dangerous" – and back, back, back.
  5. 80
    What's not in doubt is how faithfully he's stuck to the core deep-soul verities, with a delivery that vaults from spoken sermonising to raw, impassioned hurt in an instant.
  6. Mojo
    Mar 22, 2012
    It's a classic soul album, its strength lying in Fields' gift for storytelling and his extraordinary delivery. [Apr 2012, p. 86]
  7. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    Field's tough but tender holler, adventurous arrangements and razor-sharp rhythms combine to ensure these breezy tributes to Motown, classic rock, and psychedelic soul always hit the right note. [April 2012, p.94]
  8. Mar 22, 2012
    As strong as this set is, it still faces the originality conundrum. Rather than a group of songs individually composed and packaged under the banner of a soul album, Faithful Man can occasionally feel like one extended, vaguely monochromatic exercise in proving the vitality of a brilliant yet aging art form.
  9. Mar 22, 2012
    If there's anything that keeps Faithful Man from equaling My World, aside from the occasional orchestral overkill, it's that the songwriting overall isn't quite as strong.
  10. Mar 22, 2012
    This new album feels like a lost gem recently unearthed.
  11. Oct 9, 2012
    Fields never gained the notoriety of Sharon Jones or Charles Bradley. That could change with Faithful Man, a set of slow burning ballads in lush string-laden arrangements.

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