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Turning Point: Parental Advisory [Content/Copy-Protected CD]

Mario Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD
  • Label: J
  • ASIN: B0002X94Z2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 18
2. Let Me Love You
3. Couldn't Say No
4. Boom
5. How Could You
6. Girl I Need
7. Call The Cops
8. Here I Go Again
9. Nikes Fresh Out The Box
10. Directions
11. Like Me Real Hard
12. Shakedown
13. Let Me Love You (Remix)

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BBC 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. --Denise Boyd

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Rock N Roll ~ Turning Point

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Album to listen to 26 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd because i heard his single 'Let me love you' on the radio and fell in love with it. I wasn't sure what to expect from the album and i have to say i really like it. It has a few songs that im not sure about yet but all the songs are good to listen to. The best songs on the album have to be....
1. 18
2. Let me love you
5. How could you
The album blends a mix of R'n'B and hip hop in a way that really work with mario's voice.
I would give this album a definate 7 out of 10.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album from the usa for a long time!!! 1 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
when i got this album it was just another buy from an hmv. but it turned out to be much more than that. "turning point" and that what it truely is, is by far one of the best albums i've heard of 2005 so far. and its june already.
1. "18" with cassidy. i liked this now, when i first heard it was alright, it didnt really do anything for me like the other songs, but it was good enough to be on the album. 6/10
2. "let me love you" when this song was first release, nobody thought it was mario because of his previous hits, the length of time it had been since he has realeased and the strength of his voice. it was definatly the tune to play as the first single and even now (as everyone knows the words because of its long air play) it still delivers feelings. 9/10
3. "couldn't say no" now this song was so difficult to understand because of the crazy lyrics. it has a tight beat but such great vocals... i didnt know it this was right or just was right to me but it works. 8/10
4. "boom" with juvenile. i love this song. the beat. the lyrics. the ad libs at the end and the references to lil jons previous hits and the same style with a classy mix of rnb, made it clear on first listen that it was a "lil jon beat". 10/10
5. "how could you" the second single. yes the SECOND SINGLE! IT HAS BEEN RELEASED!!! anyway i love the lyrics to this song, has such meaning and feeling, mario delivers anyother tight love song. great! 9/10
6. "girl i need" with cham. not the best song. is kinda weak and like every other "checking out/wanting a girl" song. wasnt orignal. 4/10
7. "call the cops" is good. has a good beat, great vibe and some tight lyrics. but felt just like another boy band song. 6/10
8. "here i go again" this is great. the best song on the album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mario's Album 25 Feb 2005
By Charlie
Format:Audio CD
I bought this after hearing let me love you on the radio and falling in love with the song. I'm always a bit cautious of buying an album when i only know one song because it often happens that i only like one song, but this album does not disapoint at all. My 3 favourites are
Let me love you
Girl i need
How could you
This album is the first one in a long time that i have bought and play all the way through, really recommended if your a fan of Usher, Nellys slower stuff and others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mario's Turning Point 29 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
although on first listening I thought some of the songs sound just like the songs on Usher's confessions album, after a few hearings have grown to love all songs on the album, and appreciate mario's vocal talent. My favourite is track five - How Could You. But all songs sound great, I especially have to have them turned up loud whilst driving. Its the best album i've heard in ages
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Top Quality..." 22 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is definately one of the best ive heard.
Very similar to Usher - and all the hype about him being the next Usher is deserved.
There are a number of top quality songs such as the UK released single "Let Me Love You", and his next release which I have been telling all my freinds about months ago about how huge it will be which is "How Could You", the duet with Cassidy for "18" is another good song, to accompany the faster tempo of "Here I Go Again".
I listen to these songs over and over again and are bound to please any buyer of this CD
I would rate the album as a 9/10 and the 5 Amazon stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mario is the new Usher! 29 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a pretty good album and I must say I am impressed with Mario's effort. I thought all the songs would be ballads but found he has a very similar sound to Usher. I loved the single 'Let me Love you' and there are plenty of other ballads like 'How could you' which is a lovely ballad. A lot of time and effort has gone into this album and I am pleased with his efforts. Definitely a young Usher in the making! the song 'boom' is similar to Usher's 'yeah' and driving down the road with car roof down and playing 'boom' you would look the business trust me! buy this album if you like an album with ballads and r n b songs. If you liked Usher's album Confessions I am positive you'll enjoy this album. I hope this helped you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mario is a great artist. 7 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
We all know Mario for his single 'Let me love you' which in my opinion is the best R n B single this year. I bought this album as I wanted to hear more from Maio and I can tell you this is a great R n B album. The song 'Boom' is like Usher's 'Yeah and is prefect for driving alone to at full blast! The only thing I found was some of the songs were a bit poppy not really R n B, and the ballads are just too slow and boring. Don't get me wrong I love ballads but the ballads are really boring! If you enjoy R n B then buy this album it's pretty good - don't asume he is copying Usher, Mario is an artist in his own way. I'm sure Mario will have some good R n B tracks out this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. Sweet boy and moves the crowd.
Excellent product and well recommended. Old school and this could move a stiff sexy lady to get on the floor lol. Get this for your lovely wife, partner or girlfriend. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ambrose ISIBOR
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy album for true fans.
The songs that I love on this album are 'Let me love you' and 'How could you', the bonus tracks are definitely a bonus and a must have album for true fans.
Published 7 months ago by Samantha Babb
4.0 out of 5 stars Mario Turning Point
Had this album and brought it again because I lost it. Love this album because you hear Mario growing as a rnb artist from his first album and expressing himself as a young man... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good album!
I finally bought this album after umming and ahhing whether or not i'd like it. I'm really glad i did. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2005 by Venus - the book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
There are few surprises on Turning Point. The guy pumps out heartfelt ballads in a fairly predictable style, but thankfully there are none of the vocal histrionics that have come... Read more
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