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This album consists of songs that are atypical of R&B these days also. They don't depend on driving choruses, or thumping bass. They just depend on her voice, and the words she's singing. And they WORK. Instead of giving us an album consisting of a few singles and some filler, we get a solid block of material that holds up and doesn't become old or faded. Long after you stop playing your current album-of-the-minute with the big hits on it that get inevitably replaced by bigger hits on another day, you can keep right on playing this one.
My one complaint (and the reason it's four stars and not five) is that the album isn't as good as her first one. That one really consisted of songs that fit her voice perfectly and had much stronger, more poignant writing overall. It was more soulful than this one, and emotionally heavier. This one is excellent, but it's very light compared to her debut.
And hey, there's nothing wrong with that. She's obviously able to stretch and be flexible. And if that means that every album she puts out will maintain her high quality and yet be different from the last, that's really exciting. Not many artists can make that kind of promise, but when Vivian does, you can trust her, and trust in her music. This CD is definitely a keeper.
To be sure the first 5 songs seem directly related to her split with her husband but that's what I find so terrific about singer/songwriters such as Vivian - they usually write songs from the heart, that are reflective of what's going in their lives at a time. I, however did not find the songs depressive - they just represent hopefully a catharsis for Vivian so that she can move on and seek happiness again.
The only thing that I think was a misstep with this disc (besides the Sony anti-piracy scandal) was that the wrong song was selected to launch the disc - GOTTA GO GOTTA LEAVE surely allows Viv to showcase her georgeous voice but the song had to grow on me due to its somewhat unconventional melody line but I'd still rate the song a strong 4.5/5 on my enjoyment scale.
Standout tracks to me are: WISH WE COULD GO BACK - nice beats, nice hook, excellent production by Scott Storch. This should've been the lead single... 4.5/5
UNDER MY SKIN, I LIKE IT (BUT I DON'T NEED IT): also a first single candidate, SWEET MEMORY (BEAUTIFULLY YOUNG) & PERFECT DECISION all feature excellent production by one of the pre-eminent r&b producers, James Poyser. All got 4.5/5 ratings from me!Read more ›
I'll list my opinion of the tracks below:
1. Wish We Could Go Back - 5/5 - An example of a simple beat that lets her voice shine.
2. Mad - 5/5 - This one had the grow on me but her vocals are so strong I couldn't ignore it. Vocally my favorite record on the album.
3. Frustrated - 5/5 - Especially emotional vocals in the verses add a relatable weight to this record. Slightly over produced, but all around a beautiful song.
4. Can Say it Enough - 2/5 - Really disappointing production because the song itself is really good. The hook could have used work with a better beat. Would be better A Capella, frankly.
5. Selfish - 5/5 - Simple and beautiful; an example of her unique perspective and great song writing. Love the hook.
6. Under My Skin - 5/5 - Elegant. An other lyrically great track with very strong production enhancing her vocals.
7. I like it - 2/5 - The beat kills this for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought I was purchasing the real album not a copied fake!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my all time favorite Vivian Green CD. I love it!Published 20 months ago by Stephanie N. Caldwell
This music reminds that maybe there is still real music out there in the world.I was very satisfied with this cd.Published on March 18, 2013 by Briana Hunter
The songs on this album anyone who is or has been in a relationship can relate. Vivian Green displays song vocals and songs with meaning. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by R. Jordan
THIS CD IS GREAT! I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN THE TYPICAL MUSIC THAT EVERYONE IN THE R&B GENRE IS PUTTING OUT AND I'VE FOUND IT IN THIS CD. Read morePublished on August 9, 2007 by L. Nelson
I love this album, I wasn't much of a fan her first time out the gate. I mean Emotional Rollacoaster had a nice sound and beat, but this cd I am convinced Ms. Read morePublished on January 16, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Vivian Green is definitely underrated. She burst onto the scene a few years ago with her breakout hit, Emotional Rollercoaster. Read morePublished on December 1, 2006 by Lamar Gray