D.N.A. Compared to more compelling characters such as Ne-Yo and The-Dream, Mario can come off as one of R&B's more forgettable stars. Indeed, on his fourth… D.N.A. Compared to more compelling characters such as Ne-Yo and The-Dream, Mario can come off as one of R&B's more forgettable stars. Indeed, on his fourth… 2009-10-13 Mario R&B
Music Review

D.N.A. (2009)

D.N.A., Mario | DOUBLE HELIX Mario
DOUBLE HELIX Mario
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 13, 2009; Lead Performance: Mario; Genre: R&B

Compared to more compelling characters such as Ne-Yo and The-Dream, Mario can come off as one of R&B's more forgettable stars. 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.'' 
 That lack of personality doesn't kill the disc's ample pleasures. It just makes you wonder whose D.N.A. we're examining. B-

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Originally posted Oct 07, 2009 Published in issue #1071 Oct 16, 2009 Order article reprints
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