Return of the Mack (album)

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Return of the Mack
Studio album by Mark Morrison
Released 22 April 1996 (1996-04-22)
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 48:49
Label Mack Life, Atlantic, Warner
Producer Mark Morrison, Phil Chill, Cutfather, Joe
Mark Morrison chronology
Return of the Mack
(1996)
Only God Can Judge Me
(1997)
Singles from Return of the Mack
  1. "Crazy"
    Released: 7 April 1995 (1995-04-07)
  2. "Let's Get Down"
    Released: 20 September 1995 (1995-09-20)
  3. "Return of the Mack"
    Released: 18 March 1996 (1996-03-18)
  4. "Crazy (Remix)"
    Released: 9 July 1996 (1996-07-09)
  5. "Trippin'"
    Released: 17 October 1996 (1996-10-17)
  6. "Horny"
    Released: 19 December 1996 (1996-12-19)
  7. "Moan and Groan"
    Released: 5 March 1997 (1997-03-05)

Return of the Mack is the debut album by English recording artist Mark Morrison, first released through his Mack Life Records imprint in the United Kingdom and then Atlantic Records in the United States with distribution via Warner Music Group. The album is known for featuring the popular song, "Return of the Mack" which spent a remarkable forty-one weeks on the Billboard charts.

Upon its release Return of the Mack received mixed reviews from music critics, who praised Morrison's strong voice and entertaining songs, but described the album as having weak production. The album spent thirty-eight weeks on the UK Albums Chart where it debuted and peaked at number four, and has since been certified platinum by BPI.[1] On the US Billboard 200 chart, the album reached a peak of seventy-six, however, it would eventually be certified platinum by RIAA due to the success of the lead single there, "Return of the Mack".[2] The album has since sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

The album would make Morrison the first artist in British pop history to have five top 10 singles from a debut album to chart on the UK Singles Chart. These included "Let's Get Down", "Return of the Mack", "Crazy (Remix)", "Trippin'", "Horny" and "Moan and Groan". The first single "Crazy" became a top 20 hit in the UK; a remix was also released, which peaked at number six in the UK. When "Return of the Mack" was released in spring 1996, it would become an international hit, spending two weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart and one week at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was listed at #8 on the Billboard year-end chart for 1997 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Morrison became the first black male solo artist to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart in the 1990s.[3]

In 1997, he received four Brit Awards nominations, a Mercury Prize nomination, an MTV Europe Music Awards nomination, and five Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBO) nominations. He would go onto win Best R&B song in the 1996 MOBO Awards for "Return of the Mack".[4]

Background[edit]

The album was released on 22 April 1996 (1996-04-22) through his own record label, Mack Life Records. The album was largely self-produced by Morrison, and was recorded over a two-year period. The album's release was preceded by the release of three singles.

Release and promotion[edit]

At the 1997 BRIT Awards held on 24 February 1997, he performed "Return of the Mack".

Singles[edit]

The debut song "Crazy" became a top 20 hit in the UK. It was later featured in the 1997 film Speed 2: Cruise Control and appeared on the film's soundtrack album. The second single was "Let's Get Down".

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]

Return of the Mack received mixed reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly writer Matt Diehl wrote "its title, "Return of the Mack" sounds like another rap tale of gangsta paradise; instead, Mark Morrison comes off more like a funked-up Seal, promising revenge to a deceitful lover in a warbly croon." He goes onto add, "the end result is an odd but infectious new-jack-swing variation on Hey Joe, buoyed by bubbly beats and the insistent title refrain."

Track listing[edit]

Standard tracklist
No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Home Part 1 (Interlude)"   Billy Moss Mark Morrison, Phil Chill 1:08
2. "Crazy" (featuring Angie Brown and Daddy Wattsie) Jim Abbiss Mark Morrison, Phil Chill, Mykaell Riley 3:41
3. "Let's Get Down" (featuring Lady Juice, Yvonne J. Lewis, Darae, George Hammond Hagan & John Hammond Hagan) Marcellus Fernandes Brockpocket for CBL 3:53
4. "Get High With Me" (featuring Imaani) R. Herrington, Mark Taylor, Phil Chill Mark Taylor, Phil Chill 3:58
5. "Moan and Groan" (featuring Bev Skeete) Phil Bodger, Billy Moss, Don E Phil Chill 5:27
6. "Return of the Mack (C&J Street Mix)" (featuring Angie Brown) R. Herrington, Phil Chill, Al Christie, Mike McEvoy Phil Chill, Mark Morrison, Cutfather, Joe 4:35
7. "I Like" (featuring Yvonne J. Lewis, Darae, George Hammond Hagan & John Hammond Hagan) Marcellus Fernandes Brockpocket for CBL 3:49
8. "Trippin'" (featuring Bev Skeete and Darae) Billy Moss, Phil Chill, Don E Mark Morrison, Phil Chill 4:45
9. "Tears for You" (featuring Imaani and Mica Paris) Phil Bodger, Phil Chill, Mike McEvoy Mark Morrison, Phil Chill, 4:43
10. "Horny" (featuring K–La) Mike McEvoy, Phil Chill, Jim Abbiss Mark Morrison, Phil Chill 2:59
11. "I Really Love You" (featuring Imaani) Phil Bodger, Phil Chill Mark Morrison, Phil Chill 4:06
12. "Crazy (D-Influence Mix)"     D-Influence, Mark Morrison, Phil Chill, Mykaell Riley 4:21
13. "Home Part 2 (Interlude)"   Billy Moss Mark Morrison, Phil Chill 1:16

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (1996–1997) Peak position
UK Albums Chart 4
US Billboard 200 79
US R&B/Hip Hop Albums 30

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label(s) Format
United Kingdom 22 April 1996 (1996-04-22) Mack Life Records, Warner Music Group CD, cassette, vinyl
United States 22 March 1997 (1997-03-22) Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group CD, cassette, vinyl

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