Review Roundup: Mario – ‘D.N.A.’


Mario’s long-delayed album D.N.A. arrives in stores today featuring collaborations with Ludacris and Gucci Mane. Is the R&B’s crooner’s fourth effort a match with critics? Find out below.

Entertainment Weekly: Indeed, on his fourth album, D.N.A., the singer tends to get lost inside state-of-the-art tracks by a cornucopia of A-list writers and producers, including Babyface, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, and The-Dream himself, whose signature future-soul sound lends some sparkle to the lovely “Starlight.” B-

USA Today: With each new album, Mario, who made his debut as a 15-year-old seven years ago, has grown a little more adventurous artistically. Whether pledging to stay or pointedly saying goodbye, his smooth, emotive vocals hit the right notes. 3 out of 4

Newsday: His take on the catchy “Thinkin’ About You” comes close to his smash “Let Me Love You,” while “Soundtrack to My Broken Heart” is the kind of chugging undeniable pop hit that could have been a hit for anyone from Daughtry to Beyoncé. B+

The Boston Globe: Throughout this unfussy, beautifully sung set, the 23-year-old Mario taps into the tenderness of early Maxwell. One of the best tracks is “Starlight,” an uptempo groove about unabated passion; the beat is crisp and Mario’s singing so smooth that Stevie Wonder would approve.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Break Up,” “Thinkin’ About You,” “Starlight,” “I Choose You”

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  1. queen beyonce

    I LUV LUV LUV LUV this album definitely one of the top albums for me this year.
    my faves ‘before she said hi’, ‘think about you’, ‘i choose you’, ‘soundtrack to my broken heart’ & ‘stranded’


  2. listen

    if this project doesn’t go gold, i think it’s safe to say J will drop him.


  3. Paul

    I didn’t think the album was that good……..


  4. ...

    “Starlight” is amazing.
    One of the best tracks he’s ever done IMO.


  5. Carl

    I don’t think it’s that good, it’s not what I would call RNB, Trey had a better album.


  6. Daniele

    His last album was better.


  7. Dillon_68

    Ooh Baby better be the next single! If he wasnt to go a slower route, go with Stranded!


  8. Dave

    His album is ok. Some of it I like, some i don’t. I fee l like if he gone make a pop track, make it pop. Don’t make it pop, then add R&B vocals to it, and talking about love, heartache, and break up.


  9. D.S.J.

    this cd is wack and i think that his last albums were way better and i love mario as an artist he can sing and perform very well but i think on this cd he tried something different and it didnt work the best tracks are as follows break up, thinking of you, and stuttering besides that i dont know what else to really like about it but i still dig him as an artist every good artist falls off on at least one cd so get back up and bring that old mario back one love keep doing your thing mario!


  10. great album

    ^how did he fall of, all the songs on the album are hits this is a great r&b album. before she said hi, sound track of my broken heart,emergency room, ohh baby(baby making song it works), i miss my friend, i choose you. A+


  11. Fun Time

    Best Brandy/Timbaland Album Mario could ever release, Coldplay samples and all.


  12. AalexisR

    Naa Mario did Carl. I only liked two of Trey’s songs, Say Ahh and LOL Smiley Face. I used to ove fisher price but that shit is for my sister now. Starlight trashes any of Trey’s songs. The neighbors know my name may be able to compete though. I give Mario a A- to a B as he should have included some of the d tracks.


  13. fransleeca

    Ooh baby is ma joint been bumpin dat joint fo a couple of months now I was shocked I didn’t kno mario had it in him but he coming real nice hope he gets the number 1 spot he is very underated.. go mario I’m riding fo you…


  14. me

    I have to disagree w/some ppls comments..All his songs have a meaning and people can relate to the lyrics, I also think every track on this record can be a hit! I love it from start to finish! My fav tracks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12…DNA its deffinitely the best album of the year!!


  15. bass_man

    I need to listen to it.


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