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Turning Point

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Mario returns with his new album, TURNING POINT, a well-crafted tale of a young man's trials, tribulations, life lessons and desires. The smoothed out first single, "Let Me Love You" produced by industry heavyweight Scott Storch is just a taste of the changes in Mario's game. Check out his future hits "How Could You", Nikes Fresh Out The Box," and Girl I Need" and you'll see why Mario has soul beyond his years and he's ready to shine! Production credits include Scott Storch, Lil' Jon, The Underdogs, Harold Lily and CarMul. Guest performances by Juvenile and Cassidy.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 7, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002X94Z2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You know people Mario's age in the business don't have the courage to put this type of music out there. People this age go through things like this. Thats one reason I love this cd. And plus these are some of the hottest beats eva. Mario's vocal range make the slow songs explosive.

18- 10/10 this is how I feel alot. Just slam it in their face.

Let Me Love You- 10/10 1st single I've always liked this song.

Couldn't Say No- 9/10 I've been through this. lol

Boom- 9/10 Everyone says it sounds like a rip-off version of Usher's Yeah. Well duh.. it has the same meaning and it was written by the same producer. Hot song.

How Could You- 10/10 2nd single. The vocal range is awesome.

Girl I Need- 7/10 Haven't really gotten into this song.

Call The Copes- 10/10 My favorite song on the album. Its so explosive. Should be 3rd single.

Here I Go Again- 9/10 This song copies the style of Brandy's "I Thought". But I like it.

Nikes Fresh Out The Box- 2/10 Worst song on album. Completely cheesy. Doesn't fit in with the other songs.

Directions- 9/10 Good slow jam to make love to.

Shakedown- 10/10 Its good that Mario has a upbeat song for an outing. It makes the album worth listening to from beginning to end.

Let Me Love You Remix- 10/10 The style is changed. I like this version as much as the original.

This album shows more maturing from Mario. I can completely relate to every song. Overall Rating 9
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In a music industry where mediocre albums are put out as often as you change your weave, it's hard to find one where you aren't constantly hopping up out of your comfort zone to press the fast-forward button on your stereo. Mario's "Turning Point" just may put an end to that, for a fee of about [$$] of course. This artist's sophomore album is definitely above average compared to most other releases in recent time. This is one album where you can listen to each and every song, with the exception of maybe one or two depending on your taste. The album which is comprised mostly of club/party joints with a few (5-6) pure R&B ballads, displays the growth of a 15-year-old sweetheart from a mere radio friendly songster to a sexy, sleek and maybe more times than none, controversial future R&B prince. The slowed down tracks are probably "the classics" of the album. They are produced so simply with soft, mellow beats, and Mario coos so heavenly over each and every one. After listening to the album's party joints, you may feel as if the topics begin to get repititive via finding a good-looking girl on the dance floor and either dancing with her and/or then (sometimes) proceeding to fu- err, have fun. However while you may be having de-ja-vu, the album is blessed with enough good production to steadily keep you bouncing, and to a different beat every time.

(#) Standout songs in my opinion.

18- The album's opening track which is said to be directed toward R&B giant, Usher, is used by Mario to, in a way, "brush the dirt off his shoulders". He lets us know who he is and this person's here to stay. Track makes it a little hard to find the beat at first, but once you hear it a few times, it mysteriously grows on you. It may be geared more to the hip-hop heads.
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Mario Makes A Solid Point Of Turn

Dec 7, 2004

By Eric Frizell

What attributes does one gain during a `Turning Point' in his/her life? For charming, 18-year-old Mario, it's mostly a strong and natural maturity that lends itself, pleasantly, to what is a most intriguing follow up to a gold-earning debut (Mario, 2002).

After taking a break to finish school and allow a normal change of course in his voice, Mario returned late this year to treat audiences of BET's "106 & Park" to an early view of a young adult whose loss of a braided hairstyle coincided with taking on a sleek and more personable style. More than a month later, December 7th sees the J Records release of a work that Mario says is "...about friends and the situations I'm going through." The Baltimore native, who now resides in New Jersey, had a hand in writing three of the 13 songs on his sophomore compilation. The first is the "told you so" Ron Feemstar head-bopper "18," featuring labelmate Cassidy. Second is an easy-grooving "Couldn't Say No" in which Mario admits "I had a girlfriend.../ In-between that week we split up/ It was lookin' so good, I couldn't say no." Third is "Call the Cops" (more details later). With help from "Let Me Love You," a coming-of-age story and musical work by Scott Storch that radio play has given a top five spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and lesser known talents like Ivan "Orthodox" Barias and Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Mario is poised to turn heads with the R&B joy that is Turning Point.

Garnering a symbolic twist between a "fresh out the box" pair of kicks and a new love interest, "Nikes Fresh Out the Box" is the updated "Braid My Hair" of Mario's first solo effort.
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