Artist: Vivian Green
Album: A Love Story
Exec. Producer: Chauncey Childs
Label: Columbia
Release Date: November 12, 2002

WHO THE HELL IS VIVIAN GREEN? That's the question I was asking my self when I picked up this CD. I said ''What the hell'', popped it in the computer and figured I'd listen to it while I was trying to get some work done. It started off OK but then an hour went by, the CD cut off & I was amazed that I had listened to the entire CD & not once skipped a track or uttered the words ''This $#!t is garbage''. But being caught up in my work I didn't really give it a good listen to. I figured at the very least, it made for good background music. So I clicked the repeat button again & off I went, this time paying close attention. After another hour I had finally come to the conclusion that A Love Story is a very solid debut effort.

I tried to find someone to compare her to & found myself at a loss. She's kind of like Jill Scott, but not as vocally or lyrically powerful. She's kind of like Erykah Badu but not as hip-hop. Kind of like Alicia Keys, But more soulful. Then I realized that she's a little bit of all that & more.

For those wondering, Vivian Green is another product of the Philadelphia music scene. And most recently was a back-up singer for Jill Scott. During Scott's International tour she was told that record company people wanted to meet her, a year and some months later we find her releasing her debut album.

The album features elements of hip-hop & R&B. But its the live instrumentation & jazz inspired tracks like ''No Sittin' By The Phone'' that really make this album a pleasure to listen to. There are a couple of samples on the album [Joe Sample & Isaac Hayes] but even these are just replayed versions and not simply jacked from the original pieces of work.

Overall A Love Story is pretty damn good & I find the more I listen to it the more I like it. This album has earned its way into my music rotation. Now be warned, if you appreciate artists like Jill Scott or the Jazzyfatnastees, then this is definitely an album you should pick up. On the other hand, if artists like Kelly Rowlands or 3LW are more your flavor, then you probably should try it before you buy it.

SonicAmp Rating: 8/10


shanieca on 11.29.2012 at 14:04
So love this cd!

bboop5437 on 04.05.2012 at 15:32
i loooooooooooooooooooooove end of time and love on top

babygirl67 on 03.06.2012 at 14:14
I love LOVE ON TOP <3

tinia on 02.09.2012 at 12:25
dis album go hard

pookie305 on 01.30.2012 at 16:28

love39150 on 01.17.2012 at 13:27
<3 love the album

diamonisha on 01.15.2012 at 18:21
skitts1596 do you know the lyrics to the song, i guess not because thats all wrong girl

diamonisha on 12.30.2011 at 14:07

MsSneakyBoo on 12.29.2011 at 17:46

wzippa22 on 12.17.2011 at 9:06
I like this album its the ish

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