So what has Mario (ne Mario Dewar Barrett) got that at least fifty other male R&B performers currently pumping the listening world with their wares haven't?
Well, he's got chutzpah (essential), arrogance (but not too much) and class (undefinable).
What he has delivered with his fourth studio album 'D.N.A.' deserves our attention.
His mellifluous tenor is really quite delicious; his phrasing assured and his pitch confident. These not inconsiderable skills are well utilised in the twelve tracks which comprise this fine collection.
Mr Edge and Mr Mario take care of executive production credits and the sound they create is both consistent and coherent. Many friends also get a look in but their presence is never less than helpful and complimentary to the overall sound.
This is not music to level mountain ranges, create tempests or trouble the surfaces of the world's oceans. The mood is largely mellow; the songwriting confident and memorable; the arrangements uncluttered.
'Don't Walk Away' is a perfectly lovely song. The slight vibrato in our hero's voice is well-controlled and affecting. The melody is strong; the rhythms and vocal harmonies delightful.
'Ooh Baby' is a cheeky little late-night number which might well enhance a romantic tryst or three. (We gain considerable insight into Mr Barrett's preferred approach to athletic engagement!)
'Stranded', featuring Eric Hudson, is an entirely successful collaboration. A warmly engaging composition. When I was a wild and hairy young thing this number would have scored a high "smooch" factor on the dancefloor.
'I Miss My Friend' is a curiously affecting concoction . The slightly wobbly and atonal synth chords enhance one of the finest compositions in the collection. This gentleman really can sing on the evidence revealed here.
A singularly striking performer. A thoroughly enjoyable album. Make sure your sofa is comfortable one, burn some patchouli incense and turn the lights way down low. Just the thing for that special evening at home in the company of THAT special person.
Hands down Mario is one of my favourite artists, i love his sound and he makes every song his own. This album for me is very very good and can see him turning over time into a Brian Mcknight, full of love and soulful to the brim. I love how this alums is young and hip from Break Up to tough and alone like Ahrdest Moments but my favourite hands down is I CHOOSE YOU! perfect song for letting the one you choose that yes i choose you out of everything i ahve seend and had its you i choose. His vocal go up a notch reaching for the high C notes and down down bartone with Soundtrack to my broken heart. The only song i don't really feel is starlight, but every song on this album can be played and you will never get bored. 10/10
Best album I have heard in a long time outside of hip hop.
So why did this not sell better?
1. No fake amazon reviews 2. Marketing in the UK was near invisible 3. Mario Radio play is limited in the UK aswell 4. No Number 1's with 3 of these having the potential of being number 1's 5. When you type in mario on youtube the game character appears
So is Mario not liked in the music industry because this guy seems the most genuine guy on the scene to me. Songs are well written and better than most of the songs in the charts. So I guess I have to accept that the music industry is a mess and most likely the charts will be based on the number of views on youtube videos making Justin bieber number 1 every week.
Album has 12 tracks of the 12 I like 8 with the other 4 being tolerated. Good lyrics, easy listening and a nice album for long drive.
Overall the album deserves 2 millions copies sold and millions of youtube views but unfortunately it has to settle for a 5 star review from a nobody in England.
This is my favourite Mario album with a good mix of up tempo and soul beats. The up tempo tracks to look out for are 'Break up' which features Gucci Mane and 'Ooh baby'. 'Soundtrack to my broken heart' and 'I choose you' is Mario at his soulful best. Overall would say the album is very well put together and reminds me of a good Maxwell album.