Mario, Turning Point (Review)
Mario first graced us with his sweet vocals three years ago, releasing his eponymous debut album at the tender age of 15. Now he's all grown up, and being "Just a Friend" is definitely not on his mind.
In the opening track "18" Mario introduces us to his world. He's a man of some confidence and style - but with two albums under his belt at such a young age he has every right to blow his own trumpet.
The stand out track "Let Me Love You" has already tugged at the heart strings of the R&B audience, becoming a club, party and car stereo anthem on both sides of the Atlantic. Its smooth and soulful narrative sets the tone for much of this album. Slow jams are Mario's forte and tracks like "How Could You", "Directions" and "Like Me Real Hard" are fine examples, giving you butterflies in your stomach and sending shivers down your spine - not for the faint hearted!
Although his lyrics of love and heartache belie his teenage years, Mario is still striving for his own unique sound. His smooth slickness is heavily influenced by Usher, and if you close your eyes you could be listening to Tyrese.
Having said that, the amusingly titled "Nike Fresh Out The Box" heralds a style which is strictly Mario as he sings about the girl of his dreams, "I see her; I want her, got to have her like Nike fresh out the box". In R&B women have unceremoniously been compared to jeans, jeeps and now a pair of Nike sneakers! But ladies don't get it twisted, from an 18 year old from Baltimore this is huge praise.
Mario can definitely rock an uptempo urban beat, as is evident on the track "Boom" -featuring Juvenile and produced by flavour du jour Lil' John. But to be honest it's not where his strength really lies. Mario is a classy act, more at home sipping champagne with the ladies than chugging crunk juice with the boys.
The aptly titled Turning Point celebrates the coming of age of a major talent. In this era of romantic R&B Mario is leading the way for a new generation of soulful crooners, and - just like a fine wine - he's only going to improve with age.
The Boy Wonder becomes a Man
This, the second album from R'n'B sensation Mario sees the boy growing into a man. The corn rows and baggy clothes are gone in favour of closely cropped hair and sharp shirts and his music has also progressed. His most successful single to date 'Let me Love You' penned by Ne-Yo features on the album with Mario's smooth vocal talent showcased to perfection. Mario's first hit 'Just A Friend' features as a bonus track on the re-packaged cd while 'Boom' featuring Juvenile is somewhat reminiscent of Usher's 'Yeah!'. All in all, 'the boy (man) done good'! Mario's third cd 'Go!' is available now and also well worth a listen it's just a shame he is yet to make it really big in the UK as Mario has the talent to do so.
Necessary for any Mario back catalogue
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I bought the product to complete my set of Mario albums. I have long been a fan of Mario's music, but did not have his back-catalogue. The song 'Let me Love You' (lead single on this album) was a defining song for a the point in my life at which the album was originally released. Although the rest of the album never quite hits the heights of this Scott Storch produced banger, there is still plenty on there for those wanting a mid-00's throwback experience. Not his strongest album overall (there are a few songs in there which purely feel like filler tracks), but also some classic, career defining songs at the 'turning point' in Mario's career when he began to mature as an artist.
Brilliant. Quality Album. Great Price.
This album is amazing. Ive waited so long for it and Ive found it to be great, every song is amzing. Mario is amazing, and this album takes me back, remembering his songs especially let me love you. So gLAD i waited and bought it here as geting a quality album like this at such an amzing price is incredible.Great Cd, Great Price. WOOOOOH HOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was very disappointed with the Mario cd. It was scratched and several of the tracks jump including track 5 9 13 16. I know it was not new but i did not expect it to be that bad