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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Two years after getting his foot in the door of contemporary urban music with a straight-faced cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend," Mario returned with his sophomore album, Turning Point, and its money lead single, "Let Me Love You." Produced and co-written by Scott Storch, fresh off the summertime success of his "Lean Back" chart-topper for Terror Squad, "Let Me Love You" has all the makings of a gigantic urban hit. It's by far the best song Mario has yet recorded, and it's one of the best contemporary R&B songs of the year, right up there with the best offerings of Usher, Alicia Keys, and company. However, there's not much else on Turning Point that comes close...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Two years after getting his foot in the door of contemporary urban music with a straight-faced cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend," Mario returned with his sophomore album, Turning Point, and its money lead single, "Let Me Love You." Produced and co-written by Scott Storch, fresh off the summertime success of his "Lean Back" chart-topper for Terror Squad, "Let Me Love You" has all the makings of a gigantic urban hit. It's by far the best song Mario has yet recorded, and it's one of the best contemporary R&B songs of the year, right up there with the best offerings of Usher, Alicia Keys, and company. However, there's not much else on Turning Point that comes close to matching the balladic magic of "Let Me Love You." The other immediate highlight is "Boom," a by-the-numbers rewrite of Usher's "Yeah," which likewise boasts Lil Jon's trademark production, a guest rap cameo from Juvenile, in this case, a dance club theme, and a catchy, simple one-syllable refrain. There's also an album-closing remix of "Let Me Love You" that aims for the streets, featuring grown-up raps by Jadakiss and T.I. as well as a much edgier yet still infectious beat. Some of the slower songs like "How Could You" are quite likable, in a quiet storm sort of way. Above all, though, it's "Let Me Love You" and its remix that make Turning Point a noteworthy effort for this teenager and a fine second album overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 828766188523
  • Catalog Number: 61885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 18 - Cassidy (3:46)
  2. 2 Let Me Love You (4:09)
  3. 3 Couldn't Say No (3:49)
  4. 4 Boom (4:06)
  5. 5 How Could You (3:56)
  6. 6 Girl I Need (3:44)
  7. 7 Call the Cops (3:34)
  8. 8 Here I Go Again (3:21)
  9. 9 Nikes Fresh Out the Box (4:31)
  10. 10 Directions (4:11)
  11. 11 Like Me Real Hard (4:50)
  12. 12 Shakedown (3:33)
  13. 13 Let Me Love You (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mario Primary Artist
Joel Campbell Keyboards
Reggie Hamilton Bass, Guitar
Bob Horn Bass, Guitar
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson Bass
Mike Tyler Guitar
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Craig Love Guitar
James "Hal" Smith Background Vocals
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Keyboards
Charles "CJ" Hilton Jr. Background Vocals
Dwayne Moore Bass
The Underdogs Musician
Technical Credits
All-Star Producer
Melvin Coleman Composer, Producer
John Frye Engineer
Robert Garrett Composer
Allen Gordon Jr. Composer
Bob Horn Engineer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
James H. Smith Engineer, Vocal Producer
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Vocal Engineer
Troy Patterson Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Damon Thomas Composer
Francesco Romano Composer
Robert Waller Composer
Eric Dawkins Composer
Craig Love Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith Producer
Angelo Quaglia Engineer
Lil Jon Audio Production
Dave Russell Engineer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Johnta Austin Composer, Vocal Producer
Jonathan Smith Composer
J. Valentine Composer
Peter Edge Executive Producer
C. Harris Composer
Kamel Abdo Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Jason Phillips Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Programming, Producer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Harold Lilly Composer, Audio Production
Conrad Golding Engineer
Dabling Harward Engineer
Terius Gray Composer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Big Tank Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ron Feemster Producer, Instrumentation
Frank Sutton Engineer
Jaymz Hardy-Martin III Digital Editing
Chris LeBeau Artwork
Antonio Dixon Composer
Pun Nio Vocal Producer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Kameron Houff Composer, Engineer
Alloy "Fai" Hume Composer, Producer
Phillip "Taj" Jackson Vocal Producer
Howard Lilly Composer, Producer
Franky "Vegas" Romano Digital Editing
Xavier Cordova Composer
Steve Fisher Vocal Engineer
Theron "Neff U" Feemster Audio Production
James "Jayshawn" Smith Composer
The Underdogs Producer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Turning Point To The Top!!

    Mario proves he has matured into a well rounded young man. His vocals have matured, as well as his image, look and style. "Let Me Love You", "How Could You" and "Like Me Real Hard" really establish him as a artist. "Usher, Jr." would be a name to fit him as a true compliment to his talent and not as a copy cat. Mario has increased his lyrical range to put you in his shoes of whatever the situation may be. Although "Nikes Fresh out the Box" did nothing for me, the album is TIGHT!! Much love, respect and success for this rising young man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A'ight

    Don't get me wrong, the young man can sing...but there's something missing in this album. He has a harder edged feel and all the beats on this album sounded Old School 80's. I was so confused by the beats, especially when he was snapping or cursing. It seemed out of place. The Nike song is a "Next" for me. I would never listen to that more than once. Famous people doing the advertising thing gets old quickly (yeah, Busta and Nelly got the "Next" button too. I liked it better when Petey Pablo just added his advertising as a quip at the end. Dedicating a whole song to a shoe is kinda lame). Anyway, the old school feel took me back to grammar school, but it didn't make me enjoy it anymore or less. I would really like to see him produce his own album. I get the feeling his beats would be much better and they would fit his style. His words worked, but they didn't match the music. It seemed like somebody had to talk him into doing every song...but I could be wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What I Feel

    I was feeling he was talking about a difference in his life and what changed him to become a better at what he does best. Or maybe it could be a girl in his life and he was talking about love and the one chance you get in a life time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Bad at all

    This cd will prove that mario is a grown up man! with songs like boom and let me love you, it proves that mario will have some staying power in the industry.He really sounds like a "Usher" jr but it helps cause some of the songs that would have been flops marios voice brung it up to par I belive he will be on top next year with this cd!

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