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Vivian

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Editorial Reviews

The second album from the young woman from Philadelphia. Vivian began playing the piano at age eight and writing songs when she was 11. At 13, she joined a girl group called Younique. Her break came when she was hired as a backup singer for Jill Scott, who took her on tour internationally. That connection eventually led to record company interest, and Green signed to Columbia Records in November 2001. Her debut album, A Love Story, was released one year later. Columbia. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wish We Could Go Back
  2. Mad
  3. Frustrated
  4. Damn
  5. Selfish
  6. Under My Skin
  7. I Like It (But I Don't Need It)
  8. Sweet Memory (Beautifully Young)
  9. Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)
  10. Perfect Decision
  11. All About Us
  12. Sweet Thing
  13. Outro (Family & Friends)
  14. Cursed


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B000CMNJFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By kaduzy VINE VOICE on June 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Vivian Green is old-school R&B: she can actually sing, and her songs actually say something. It's not just over-produced bump-n-grind nonsense that so many other female performers these days excel at. She's a vocalist, not just some MTV/BET video hoe upgraded to singer.

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.
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From start to finish there is not a filler on this album, i was so impressed when a friend recomended it...this cd starts strong and ends amazing....if asked what were the stand out track it would be all of them...Go Buy It!!! dont sleep on Vivian, she is an amazing talent!!!!
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By Geminigirl on November 27, 2011
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When I read a few of the reviews posted here for Vivian Green's sophomore disc, I was worried that it was a failure but once again I learned that one must take reviews with a grain of salt given that we are all different people and likes/dislikes re music are highly subjective. I beg to differ with 2 recent posts labeling this entire disc as a negative male bashing waste of time. These were highly misleading statements IMHO but like I said earlier "different strokes for different folks".

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!
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I received the CD on time and it was packed very nicely. However, this CD only had two or three songs I liked. Ummm...Vivian and other artists can y'all manage to produce more than a few songs that are decent. This is why I stopped buying CDs....arrrggggg! I gave the CD four stars because of Amazon Services ....the music itself ...one star
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Vivian, Vivian Greens second effort is a good but not great R&B album. Her vocals are strong and the song writing carries enough weight to grab the listener, but she is let down by lack-luster production that ruined some strong attempts for me. It lacks the thread of soul/jazz that was laced to elegantly through A Love story and made that album such a strong offering. You can hear that she has given a lot to this album but the almost entirely R&B approach leaves emotional opportunities unexplored. Lyrically it's more hit than miss but some of the hooks fall flat. She has a unique perspective to her writing that had me listening a little harder than I usually do. This album is kind of like a roller coaster, it has it's up and downs. I'd recommend it to anyone who has any of her other offerings or is looking for a strong R&B album.

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.
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