Keep the Faith

Keep the Faith

by Toni Childs


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Keep the Faith is at once a reunion and a continuance, a record that finds Toni Childs re-teaming with David Ricketts -- the producer who helmed her 1988 breakthrough Union -- and finalizing material she wrote in the '90s. Given this long backstory, along with its staggered release schedule -- it initially appeared independently and in Australia before showing up in the U.S. on a subsidiary of Savoy in 2009 -- it's appropriate that Keep the Faith feels out of time, not belonging to its era, but certainly not an exercise in nostalgia, either. To a certain extent, that's always been true of Childs, whose multi-cultural, neo-hippie persona certainly felt like a throwback to the early '70s even when it fit comfortably next to Peter Gabriel's worldbeat explorations of the late '80s, but Keep the Faith is especially and pleasingly out of phase, touching on all these phases, sounding leaner yet fuller than her last album, 1994's The Woman's Boat. The long 14-year gap between records does mean that the songs on Keep the Faith are precisely observed and carefully written, not fussy but finished, and Ricketts helps them sound realized, turning Keep the Faith not into a comeback but a restatement of purpose.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: 429 Records
UPC: 0795041769220
catalogNumber: 17692
Rank: 225387

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Childs   Primary Artist
Donna De Lory   Vocals
Lee Ann Harris   Percussion
Brian McCloud   Drums
Phil Parlapiano   Mandolin,Accordion
Daniel Paul   Tabla
David Ricketts   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Jeff Trott   Electric Guitar
Cameron Stone   Cello
Mike Rowe   Organ,Keyboards
Renee Stahl   Background Vocals
David J. Carpenter   Bass,Guitar
Pete McNeal   Drums
Richard Fammerée   Guitar
Steve Dubey   Trumpet
Eddie Free   Guitar
Mike Hasino   Conga

Technical Credits

Toni Childs   Contributor
David Ricketts   Contributor
David Tickle   Contributor
David Alan Kogut   Package Production,Package Adaptation
Jay Goin   Engineer
Christopher Kornmann   Art Direction
Keith Bierlich   Engineer
Reno Powers   Engineer

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