Vivian (album)

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Vivian
Studio album by Vivian Green
Released

May 31, 2005 (Japan)[1]

June 28, 2005 (United States)[2][3]
Recorded The Sound Villa
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Sony Music Studios
(New York, New York)
Axis Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Angel Mountain
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
Beat House Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B, soul
Label Columbia
Producer Vivian Green
Anthony Bell
Junius Bervine
Adam Blackstone
Kevin Patrick
James Poyser
Clayton Sears
Scott Storch
Vivian Green chronology
A Love Story
(2002)
Vivian
(2005)
Beautiful
(2010)
Singles from 'Vivian'
  1. "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)"
    Released: May 3, 2005
  2. "I Like It (But I Don't Need It)"
    Released: July 26, 2005
  3. "Cursed"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
East Bay Express favorable[5]
People 3/4 stars[6]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
SoulTracks mixed[9]
Sun-Sentinel favorable[10]
The Pitch favorable[11]
Time Out Chicago favorable[12]
Uncut 4/5 stars[13]
Urban Reviews 3/5 stars[14]
Vibe 3/5 stars[15]

Vivian is the second studio album by American neo soul singer Vivian Green, released by Columbia on May 31, 2005 in Japan and June 28, 2005 in the United States. The album involves production by Scott Storch and James Poyser with additional production from Anthony Bell, Junius Bervine, and Adam Black Stone, among others. Vivian spawned two singles including the soulful R&B-ballad Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired) and the James Poyser-produced I Like It (But I Don't Need It).

The album debut at number eighteen on Billboard 200 chart on the issue dated July 16, 2005 with first-week sales of 46,000 copies.[16][17]

Background[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Vivian debuted at number 18 on Billboard 200 album chart[17] and at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[18] on the issue dated July 16, 2005. Vivian remained on Billboard 200 album chart for nine consecutive weeks.

Singles[edit]

  • The first single from the album, "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)", peaked at #24 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single became Vivian Green's second top 40 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and her second #1 hit on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart; "Emotional Rollercoaster" was her first single to do both in early 2003.
  • The second single from the album was "I Like It (But I Don't Need It)". The single became Green's third #1 hit on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
  • The third and final single from the album was "Cursed". Released in late 2005, the single didn't match the commercial success of the previous two singles, peaking at a low #2 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which is equivalent to #102 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wish We Could Go Back"   Vivian Green, Scott Storch 3:37
2. "Mad"   V. Green, Storch 3:38
3. "Frustrated"   V. Green, Anthony Bell, Ronald Frost 3:39
4. "Damn"   V. Green, Junius Bervine 3:40
5. "Selfish"   V. Green, Adam Blackstone, Steve McKie 4:35
6. "Under My Skin"   V. Green, James Poyser 3:53
7. "I Like It (But I Don't Need It)"   V. Green, Poyser, Che Vicious 4:10
8. "Sweet Memory (Beautifully Young)"   V. Green, Poyser 4:24
9. "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)"   V. Green, Bervine 4:36
10. "Perfect Decision"   V. Green, Poyser, Zukhan Bey 3:58
11. "All About Us"   V. Green, Bervine 3:40
12. "Sweet Thing"   V. Green, McKie, Steven Green 3:37
13. "Outro (Family & Friends)"   S. Green, Darryl Crawford, Courtney Fleming 2:46
14. "Cursed" (bonus track on Japenese pressings, hidden track on American pressings) V. Green, Poyser, Bey 4:24

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[17] 18
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[18] 5

Credits[edit]

  • David Barnett Viola
  • Anthony Bell Multi Instruments, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
  • Junius Bervine Multi Instruments, Producer
  • Zukhan Bey Programming, Producer
  • Adam Blackstone Multi Instruments, Producer
  • Jim Bottari Engineer
  • Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
  • Alice Butts Art Direction, Design
  • Angela Carter A&R, Management
  • Chauncey Childs Executive Producer, Management
  • Carl Cox, Jr. Saxophone
  • Kevin "KD" Davis Mixing
  • Jenny DLorenzo Cello
  • Omar Edwards Keyboards
  • Ghislaine Fleishman Violin
  • Larry Gold String Arrangements
  • Conrad Golding Engineer
  • Steve Green Programming
  • Kevin Hanson Guitar
  • Kam Houff Engineer, Mixing
  • Gloria Justin Violin
  • Emma Kummrow Violin
  • Sandy Leem Viola
  • Keith Major Photography
  • John McGlinchey Assistant Engineer
  • Steve McKie Drums, Multi Instruments, Producer
  • Julie Miller Engineer
  • Ryan Moys Engineer
  • Ben ONeill Guitar
  • Kevin Patrick Producer, A&R
  • James Poyser Piano, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
  • Tony Prendatt Mixing
  • Clayton Sears Guitar, Producer
  • Marni Senofonte Wardrobe
  • Eric Spearman Make-Up
  • Scott Storch Producer
  • Igor Szwec Violin
  • Chris Theis Mixing
  • Stephen Tirpak Trumpet
  • Steve Tirpak Trumpet
  • Tish Hair Stylist, Hai Soon
  • Chuck Treese Guitar
  • Che Vicious Programming, Producer, Mixing
  • Christopher Weatherbe Keyboards

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