Mario Vazquez (album)

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Mario Vazquez
Vazquez album.jpg
Studio album by Mario Vazquez
Released September 26, 2006 (2006-09-26)
Recorded 2006
Genre R&B, Pop
Length 50:50
Label Arista
Producer StarGate, Scott Storch, Lester Méndez, Fernando Garibay, Steve Morales, Jim Jonsin, Soulshock & Karlin, Camus, The Underdogs, Anthony Dent

Mario Vazquez is the eponymous debut studio album by American recording artist Mario Vazquez. It was released by Arista Records on September 26, 2006.

The album did not fare well in its first week on sale, coming in at number 80 on Billboard 200, selling slightly more than 12,000 units. By week two, the album plummeted to number 159, selling only 6,300 additional units.

In France the album peaked at number 104.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
People (mixed)[3]
Vibe (mixed)[4]

AllMusic's Andy Kellman said that, "While there are a few standouts on this album, Vazquez sounds tentative and too conscious about making the right moves, and the variety of material must be an experiment to find out where he fits best, including soppy adult contemporary ("4 the 1," "One Shot"), harmless ska-inflected pop ("Don't Lie"), and marvelously horrible club-oriented garbage ("Cohiba")." He concluded that, "[T]he results next time should be significantly improved if Vazquez can work with a smaller team that can give him a more personalized and focused set of songs."[2] Ericka Souter, writing for People, also criticized the various genre-hopping throughout the album but gave credit to the first two tracks for properly showcasing Vazquez's vocal talents and charisma, saying that he's "still worthy of a little idol worship."[3] Julianne Shepherd of Vibe praised the Latin pop tracks for displaying Vazquez's tenor but found diversions away from it make his voice lack style. She concluded by advising Vazquez that, "Until he can personalize every track, he'll still be just another Idol: an able singer belting someone else's songs."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Gallery" Shaffer Smith, Erik Tor Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen StarGate 3:43
2. "I Bet" Johntá Austin, Hallgeir Rustan, Hermansen, Eriksen StarGate 3:35
3. "Cohiba" (featuring Fat Joe & Knox) Sean Garrett, Joseph Cartagena, Scott Storch, Rene Pichardo Scott Storch 3:43
4. "One Shot" Austin, Lester Méndez Méndez 4:24
5. "We Gon' Last" Austin, Eriksen, Hermansen StarGate 3:40
6. "Don't Lie" Sheppard Solomon, Fernando Garibay Garibay 3:27
7. "Just a Friend" Benjamin Franco, Jean Rodriguez, Frank Romano, James Scheffer Jim Jonsin 4:26
8. "Fired Up" Austin, Eriksen, Hermansen StarGate 3:26
9. "4 the 1" Raymond Basora, Steve Morales, Dan Warner Morales 3:44
10. "Everytime I..." Mario Vazquez, Kenneth Karlin, Tamara Savage, Durrell Scott, Carsten Shack Soulshock & Karlin 4:01
11. "How We Do It" Antoine Collins, Brian Kennedy, Harvey Mason, Steven Russell, Damon Thomas The Underdogs 3:36
12. "She Got Me" Garrett, Anthony Dent Dent 2:37
13. "Like It or Not" Basora, Camus Celli Camus 3:06
14. "We Supposed to Be" Mason, Thomas The Underdogs 3:25


  1. "Gallery"
  2. "One Shot" was released to Pop/R&B radio in March 2007.


Chart (2010) Peak
French Albums Chart[5] 104
US Billboard 200[6] 80


  1. ^ "Mario Vazquez - Mario Vazquez - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Mario Vazquez - Mario Vazquez". AllMusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Souter, Ericka (October 9, 2006). "Picks and Pans Review: Mario Vazquez". People. Time Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Shepherd, Julianne (November 2006). "Mario Vazquez 'Mario Vazquez'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 14 (11): 165. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ " - Mario Vazquez - Mario Vazquez". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mario Vazquez Album & Song Chart History". Billboard 200 for Mario Vazquez. Prometheus Global Media.