Turning Point

Turning Point

by MarioMario


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2005
Label: J Records Europe
UPC: 0828766706024
catalogNumber: 667060

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mario   Primary Artist
Joel Campbell   Keyboards
Reggie Hamilton   Bass,Guitar
Bob Horn   Bass,Guitar
LaMarquis 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 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
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
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
James "Jayshawn" Smith   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Underdogs   Producer,Audio Production
Theron Feemster   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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