Hill - Faith
Kiss Not Enough
Faith Hill has made country music
history by becoming the first female in the genre to sell
multi-platinum copies of both her debut and her sophomore
albums. That kind of pressure must be astounding.
Perhaps it is why her newest album pales in comparison to
her earlier efforts.
Faith begins with the
first single, "This Kiss." At the time of
its release, I wondered why such a weak song was being sent
to radio. After listening to the entire album, I now
know that her label had very little choice, as it was one
of the stronger songs in the collection. Its cute, harmless,
and pointless lyric backed with an infectious beat is typical
of the album's songs. "You Give Me Love,"
and "The Hard Way" both fall under that category.
Similarly, the second single from the album, "Just To
Hear You Say That You Love Me," reflects the mushy lightness
of most Faith's ballads.
This could not be a Faith Hill
album without the mandatory remake. She took on Janis
Joplin on her first album, Alan Jackson on her second album,
and now she takes on ... Celine Dion. Faith doesn't
choose some obscure little Celine song either. Rather,
she chooses "I Love You," a song from Celine's hugely
successful "Falling Into You" CD. Actually,
that is only one of three covers. "Just to Hear
You Say That You Love Me" was originally recorded by
Chynna Phillips on her "Naked and Sacred" CD and
"Better Days" was originally recorded by Bekka Bramlett
and Billy Burnette on their "Bekka And Billy" CD.
If you are planning on buying this album to hear the country
handling of Chynna and Celine's songs, don't bother.
The newer versions are nearly identical to the original.
In the case of "I Love You," it sounds almost as
if they simply deleted Celine's voice and added Faith's.
Faith does, of course, her best Celine impersonation, but
she still falls short. "Better Days" is saved
by Bekka Bramlett's amazing harmony vocal. Perhaps Faith
should have asked Celine to come sing on the CD, it would
have added some missing spark.
Celine certainly would have been
in good company, with all the celebrity vocal guests appearing
on "Faith." Besides Bekka, Vince Gill sings
on the seventies styled "Let Me Let Go;" husband
Tim McGraw sings on Faith's horrid rendition of "Just
to Say that You Love Me," and Sheryl Crow co-wrote the
album's closer, "Somebody Stand By Me." In
the later, Faith begs "won't somebody stand by me just
one time, oh, won't somebody stand by me?" It may
be what she is moaning to her previous fans in a couple years
if she continues to put out albums as bad as this one.