Review: No more sad songs for Vivian Green

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This CD cover image released by Entertainment One Music shows the latest release by Vivian Green, "The Green Room." (AP Photo/Entertainment One Music)
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This CD cover image released by Entertainment One Music shows the latest release by Vivian Green, "The …

Vivian Green, "The Green Room" (eOne)

Longtime fans of singer-songwriter Vivian Green won't be disappointed with her new album "The Green Room" as she returns with a more R&B sound on a record that oozes growth and creativity.

Stepping away from heartbreak ballads such as her 2002 hit single "Emotional Rollercoaster" and the pop sound of her previous album "Beautiful," it seems the Philadelphia-born Green has made a conscious effort to focus on the happier side of love. That's a decision sure to satisfy fans.

"Anything Out There" is the first single and Green gets straight to the point professing her love for her man. It's a smooth, contemporary vibe and she sounds mature showing off a classy, sultry side.

"Remedy" is a sweet, uplifting song about love making everything better and "Still Here," featuring Brian Culbertson, captures a perfect match between his smooth jazz and her soulful melody.

Fans wanting to hear more upbeat sounds will relish Green's collaboration with guest rapper Freeway on "X." ''I'm Not Prepared" offers a groovy start, but becomes one of the album's few disappointments when the track somehow fails to take off completely and turns tame.

This record demonstrates a positive response to critics of her last album. Green shows she's listened to and answered any doubts regarding her ability.

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: Showcasing her unforgettable vocals, Green bares her soul on the expressive "Free As A Bird."

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