Jem Aswad
December 20, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Some male R&B singers aim with Rove-like precision for the base (i.e., the ladies), and some target the swing states (fellas, too). Mario is so firmly in the former category that he makes Usher sound like Lil Jon. Jon actually produced two songs on Turning Point, which also includes the hit ”Let Me Love You,” but he’s been squeezed into a sonic pet carrier on this soul-lite smoothie full of tinkling keyboards and breathy vocals about huggin’ and kissin’. Point is plenty catchy, but it’s also so full of sugar that the spoon stands up.

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