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Mario [886977280627]

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 772806

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Mario (vocals); Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell (various instruments); John "Jubu" Smith, Arty White, Xavier Marquez (guitar); Deon Kipping, Andre Boophe (keyboards); Rufus Jackson, Neil Stubenhaus (bass); Alicia Keys, Lil' Steve Russell, Mischke (background vocals).
    Producers include: Warryn Campbell, Gerald Isaac, Alicia Keys, Damon Thomas, Harvey Mason Jr.
    Recorded at Record Plant and Underlab Studios, Los Angeles, California, Quad Recording, Krucialkeys Studios, The Hit Factory New York, New York.
    The front cover of young R&B upstart Mario's self-titled debut album tells a great deal of the story; the youngster doesn't look old enough to shave, but he's sporting that peach-fuzz moustache for all it's worth. Along those lines, these tracks find the youthful innocence of Mario's pliant voice stepping up to take on adult subjects amid some positively grown-up-sounding arrangements. Overseen in part by the seemingly indefatigable Clive Davis for his own hit-spinning J Records, the album boasts danceable, hook-laden production fully supporting Mario's engaging vocal style. While opening the album with a new, smoothed-out version of Biz Markie's quirky classic "Just a Friend" may be a questionable move, there's no doubting the chart-worthiness of MARIO as a whole.

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