Metascore
77

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. Oct 9, 2012
    67
    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.
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Tracks like I Still Got It reaffirms that this dude, even at 61, is "cool and dangerous" – and back, back, back.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    [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. 90
    Fields sounds commandingly assured with songs that ache and bristle with lush convictions.
  5. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    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.
  6. Mojo
    Mar 22, 2012
    80
    It's a classic soul album, its strength lying in Fields' gift for storytelling and his extraordinary delivery. [Apr 2012, p. 86]
  7. Apr 10, 2012
    90
    He proves every time he's on stage and across this wonderful LP...he's got it.
  8. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    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.
  9. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    This new album feels like a lost gem recently unearthed.
  10. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    80
    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]
  11. 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.
  12. Uncut
    Mar 26, 2012
    60
    Great, if a little pointless. [Apr 2012, p.77]

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