A warning siren is bound to go off in the heads of some Vivian Green fans when they see how she looks on the front of Vivian. "Oh, no -- she's gone pop!" Not quite. Back when 2002's A Love Story hit the shelves, neo-soul was still one of the big things in the industry, if not with as much platinum potential as the late '90s or 2000, and being from Philadelphia and affiliated with Jill Scott meant that Green would be marketed as such. A Love Story showed all the signs of falling into that category, what with string arrangements from Larry Gold, versatile assistance from Soulquarian James Poyser, and some production work from deep house producer Osunlade. Despite these factors, it didn't channel the past nearly as much as Baduizm or Voodoo. Green was as pop as she was neo-soul, and on Vivian, her second album, she's just a little more pop than neo-soul, so there's really no big difference in makeup. Poyser's still on board, and he's one of the most skilled multi-purpose handymen when it comes to playing pop off soul and vice versa; the best instance of this is "I Like It (But I Don't Need It)," a breezy and sweet song featuring a crafty Crown Heights Affair sample and some irresistible singalong hooks from Green. Scott Storch and Che Vicious, who are both known more for lacing beats on gangsta rap albums, also chip in with fittingly understated work. Green, whose absence from the recording studio is likely due to becoming a mother, sounds more sure of herself here than on A Love Story, and she's also more convincing, regardless of the scenario she's placed within. A few extraneous songs do weigh Vivian down, but it's still a marked improvement over her debut. [Vivian was initially released as a copy-protected CD, which may not register on some computers.]
Performance CreditsVivian Green Primary Artist
David Barnett Viola
James Poyser Piano,Keyboards
Anthony Bell Multi Instruments
Tish Hai Soon
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Kevin Hanson Guitar
Clayton Sears Guitar
Junius Bervine Multi Instruments
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
Omar Edwards Keyboards
Adam Blackstone Multi Instruments
Ben ONeill Guitar
Steve Tirpak Trumpet
Chuck Treese Guitar
Carl Cox Saxophone
Jenny DLorenzo Cello
Ghislaine Fleishman Violin
Sandy Leem Viola
Steve McKie Drums,Multi Instruments
Christopher Weatherbe Keyboards
Stephen Tirpak Trumpet
Gloria Justen Violin
Technical CreditsJulie Miller Engineer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Kevin Patrick Producer
James Poyser Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Anthony Bell Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Angela Carter Management
Alice Butts Art Direction
Clayton Sears Producer
Jim Bottari Engineer
Junius Bervine Composer,Producer
Conrad Golding Engineer
Steve Green Programming
Ryan Moys Engineer
Adam Blackstone Composer,Producer
Zukhan Bey Composer,Programming,Producer
Kam Houff Engineer
Chauncey Childs Executive Producer,Management
Che Vicious Composer,Programming,Producer
Steve McKie Composer,Producer
Scott Storch Composer,Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
A Love Story is still one of my all-time favorite CDs, but this one is right up there with it. I listened to a snippet of 2 songs (Under My Skin & Gotta Go Gotta Leave) and RUSHED out to buy the whole CD! Neo-Soul, Pop, R&B...doesn't matter to me! She has a beautiful voice and pours out so much emotion in every song she belts out. Some people have said that this is an *angry* CD. I laugh at that. Don't MOST artists these days put their life into words and express it through their lyrics??? Anyone can relate to the songs on this album...EVEN MEN!! In Gotta Go Gotta Leave, she sings out "I gotta go, I gotta leave, so please don't make it hard for me I gave enough, I'm tired of love, I gotta let it go." At one point or another, we've all felt the need to get out of a relationship in hopes that the other person will just let us walk away. VG takes us on the ride of her life...which just goes to show us that she's normal and human and goes through ups and downs like the rest of us. I expect that her next album will follow her life and that she will have some songs about raising a child and the joys of motherhood. I give Viv 5 Stars!!!
I love this cd! It talks right to you and you feel the emotion in her lyrics. The cd is excellent! I don't have to skip around I can just turn it on and let it play. I think her first cd and this one don't compare they are both excellent but so different. I think it shows her growth as an artist.
This album is average. I loved her first album so much and when I bought this, it was such a disappointment. I still love Vivan's work, but this album had too much of a pop sound to it.
The first album was just wonderful. This album has occasional flashes, like Gotta Go, Gotta Leave. The tone on this one seemed a little angry.
Vivan Green where are you? This album was great.
Vivian's new album is amazing. I love every song on it. My favorite songs are: "I Like it(but I don't need it)", "Gotta Go, gotta Leave", "Perfect Decision", "Damn", and "Selfish". This is what real R&B should sound like. This album is definitely worth the money.
Vivian did an awesome job on this cd. If you were a fan of her original work, you will definitely love this. Please lets go out and support her. Track 6 is awesome.