by Carla Bynum
On April 7th, he released his sophomore album AfterHours .
Mack has an “Obsession” and he can’t get his mind off a particular lady. He’s conflicted because he wants her but they are both seeing other people.
Tink joins Mack on the song “Senses” where they sing about using all their senses when making love with their respective partners.
Mack wants his girl to feel his “Vibes” and ignore those who try to turn down her lights. The song features a verse from rapper Cam Wallace.
“Stolen Gold” starts with the words “You better stay real close to your boyfriend because I’ll snatch that ass,” which perfectly sets the premise for the song. He has his eye on a specific lady and he plans to steal her from her man.
“Couldthisbelove?” starts with a skit of Mack being put on the spot by some friends to sing for them. Mack wonders if his lady is the one and if what he’s feeling is love.
The track “Stingy” features a sample of Ginuwine’s song of the same name. People tell him that he’s stingy when it comes to his lady and he doesn’t mind.
Mack receives a voicemail from his lady Nikki and all she can think about is him. She’s home alone wishing that he was there with her. He promises that he can make her “Go Crazy” when they’re making love.
If love is a battlefield, Mack feels like he’s lost in the war. He’s in love with his lady but she wants somebody else. She is tired of being hurt and she wants to “Explore” other options.
On the track “Choose,” Mack realizes that there’s love lost in his relationship and one of them should pick it up.
The album closes with the song “Crash” about a relationship that has faded. “It’s all fun and games ‘til somebody falls out of love,” he sings on the track. “Crash” is a standout song on the album.
When it comes to R&B music, there are only certain artists who are recognized which makes it difficult for other artists to breakthrough and capture their deserved recognition. Mack Wilds is categorized with the latter and it’s important for him to separate himself from other artists. While AfterHours is a good album, it lacks the fresh and fun elements of his debut album and comes off as forced at some points. He truly shines on songs that allow him to showcase his range such as “Crash” because it seems authentic. Mack Wilds is certainly an artist with many talents and it’s good to see him pursue other aspects of his creativity.
Recommended tracks: “Obsession,” “Stolen Gold,” “Explore,” “Crash”