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MP3 Music, October 18, 2005
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This is the debut album from the skilled keyboard player, producer and talented drummer Mario Winans. HURT NO MORE displays his unique way of marrying his voice to music as well as touching on a variety of subject matters and expressing his honesty and vulnerability through experiences of pain and hurt. The first single is "I Don't Wanna Know." [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]
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I know music, been writing music for years now. Music is my life. When it comes to buying R&B music, I love to go out in a limb and buy someones CD I've never even heard of, in this case I only heard the one song on the radio.
Now if you DO NOT like this CD or Mario Winans it's because you dont like his style of singing which DOES NOT make him a horrific singer/artist in any way.
His style is in a class of its own which is ONLY a good thing because it makes his work UNIQUE! This is ONLY contains songs about him getting hurt however, so some people say STOP WHINNING. This is a GREAT cd regardless. Id like to see you fools go through a heartbreak and make a better, more real cd.
ALL IN ALL, AWESOME CD. Decide for yourself.
My Rating System is based on Amazon's:
* = Hate It
** = I Don't Like It
*** = It's Ok
**** = I Like It
***** = I LOVE IT!
The album starts off with an emotional, piano/vocal intro called ""Ready For Love" that most will recognize from the first single. Instead of "I Don't Wanna Know" following, as one would expect, we have the second single, "Never Really Was". Sampling Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach", the song describes how Mario's girl lied to him and he's asking her why. It's a welcome change to hear a guy singing about his feelings instead of about getting girls. "I Don't Wanna Know" follows and, while many guys complain that it's wimpy, I think it is quite touching. It describes how Mario's girl is cheating on him and he decides that it doesn't matter as long as he doesn't know any more about it. That is to say, it would hurt him too much to hear about it so she should keep it to herself. The song features a slightly-above-average rap from P Diddy in which he raps about how good he was to his girl but she cheated anyway. The song ends up being great primarily because of Mario's delivery.
"You Knew" comes next and is a mediocre song that talks about the same thing as the previous two. However, Mario sounds more like a background singer in this one so it is not quite as good. "How I Made It" has a somewhat clichéd message, about how hard Mario worked to get where he is now. This song is saved by Mario's delivery and by the great background music. The rap contributed by Loon is fairly typical and neither hurts nor helps the song. My main problem with this song is that it consists mostly of the chorus being repeated with only a verse or two by Mario. "Already Know" is an equally stellar interlude which features almost haunting background music and makes a nice opener for the next song. "3 Days Ago", a personal favourite, follows and is lyrically beautiful. The song also has one of Mario's best vocal performances. Also, the song is not completely dominated by the chorus, which is an added bonus.
"What's Wrong With Me" is mediocre at best and not even Mario's delivery can save it. Lyrically, it is on the weak side and Mario sounds more like a background singer than the actual artist. The refrain is especially weak. "Can't Judge Me" seems to be about an argument Mario had with his girl. He seems to be telling her that she can't judge him based on how he acted when he was angry. While the hook and chorus sound great, it is not enough to save the otherwise mediocre song. "Disbelief" follows and is a slight improvement. It is quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what the song is about, and Mario's vocals are overpowered by the background music quite a bit but it is still a little more memorable than the song before. It is by no means a great song, and Mario once again sounds like a background singer but it is tolerable enough. "Enough (Interlude)" follows and it has a short phone conversation between Mario and his girl in which he catches her in a lie. "Pretty Girl B......t" comes next and features a mismatched guest spot from Foxy Brown. The song just does not work for me. Mario and Foxy do not fit together at all even though Mario's delivery isn't bad.
"This Is The Thanks I Get" has mildly grating background music that distracts from Mario's vocals and lyrics. Black Rob also shows up to contribute a verse, which has quite weak lyrics and does nothing to save the song. "I Got You Babe" sounds quite odd to me. Mario does not sound like himself, except in the background. It sounds almost like someone else's song with Mario singing background. "So Fine" is typical R&B in which Mario tells his girl that she looks so fine. It probably wouldn't be so bad, but it does not fit with the album at all. "Should've Known" has the story reversed, where Mario was the one cheating instead of his girl. This is a good song but is not quite enough to redeem the album after so many mediocre songs. Finally, we have "Turn Around" which is weak lyrically but is saved completely by Mario's delivery and the background music, making it a great album closer.
Overall Mark: 3/5
Despite the great song, "I Don't Wanna Know", as well as all the songs Mario has written which prove him a competent songwriter, he has yet to really prove himself as a solo artist. There is no particularly awful song however there is far too much mediocre filler in the middle of the album. Mario does not have the strongest voice, in fact he sounds like a background singer most of the time, however he manages to pull off some songs strictly by delivery. While I commend him for trying to give us the other side of the story (that girls cheat too), the album was not quite strong enough, or memorable enough, to really give that message. There are a few great songs, and it is worth picking up but it is far from a classic.