• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 2005
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The First Lady is terrifically balanced in its distribution of club tracks, midtempo grooves, and slow jams.
  2. Though blemished by a few toothless slow jams... the album's mature whimsy reflects a healthier, happier Faith Evans. [8 Apr 2005, p.63]
  3. By turns playful, sexy, soulful, funky and passionate, Evans showcases the full range of her talents on her most consistent effort yet.
  4. Lyrically, The First Lady offers plenty of revelations.
  5. 80
    She's right back on track with this terrific debut for Capitol. [Jun 2005, p.110]
  6. 70
    Intermittently great. [May 2005, p.117]
  7. Remarkable for its warm reliability.
  8. By the time you've absorbed her past, her new label, her cover, her album title, and then the mostly fresh music behind it all, you should be largely won over by Faith Evans's genuine talent.
  9. Evans restores soul music's long-overlooked tradition of autobiographical storytelling, dissecting her life before and after the spotlight began to burn.
  10. 70
    There's no doubt that Evans can still finesse the notes. But instead of continually pushing her sound into the future, she often backtracks, covering much of the same ground as her previous offerings. [Jun 2005, p.156]
  11. The quality is unmistakable and confirmation enough that she deserves to be remembered as more than just Biggie’s widow.
  12. [Evans is] a sharp songwriter with an acute ear for melody and a voice that could bitch-slap any R&B wannabe into place. [21 May 2005, p.66]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. EltonW
    May 30, 2006
    9
    This album was very refreshing considering the current state of R & B. It's nice to see Faith keep soul the heart of music. She took This album was very refreshing considering the current state of R & B. It's nice to see Faith keep soul the heart of music. She took risks with this album and it is very rewarding. Key songs are I Don't Need It, Mesmerized, Again, Until You Came, Stop N Go, and Tru Love. Full Review »
  2. SamSexy
    May 19, 2005
    10
    Dis iz da best it iz so worf it. I r8 it 5 star It iz wiked at da mo. itz worf byin
  3. OmarB
    May 6, 2005
    8
    This album is great. The first track is not that good but I will listen to it. The rest of the album flows nicely except for Jealous and This album is great. The first track is not that good but I will listen to it. The rest of the album flows nicely except for Jealous and Lucky Day. They are well written but the beat is not up to par with the rest of the album. Full Review »