Turning Point

Turning Point

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by Mario

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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


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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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   Background Vocals
Dwayne Moore   Bass
Underdogs   Musician

Technical Credits

All-Star   Producer
Melvin Coleman   Composer,Producer
John Frye   Engineer
Robert Garrett   Composer
Allen Gordon   Composer
Bob Horn   Engineer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Composer
James H. Smith   Engineer,Vocal Producer
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   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
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
Xavier Cordova   Composer
Steve Fisher   Vocal Engineer
Theron "Neff U" Feemster   Audio Production
James "Jayshawn" Smith   Composer
Underdogs   Producer,Audio Production
Theron Feemster   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.