Guilt comes out of the gate sounding considerably more soulful than Mims's last release, but quickly dissolves into an exercise in derivative swagger-jacking. Love Rollercoaster resembles a throwaway cut by the-Dream. Move (If You Wanna) appropriates the quiet/loud vocal pattern on Busta Rhymes's Touch It (though much less effectively). And by the album's halfway mark, it's obvious Mims has been studying Kanye West's wordplay. Perhaps Guilt's biggest offence, however, is the inclusion of three rap-rock tracks, one featuring horror-rap veteran Tech N9ne. Talk about alienating your intended audience.
What could have been a fresh start for Mims is instead another reheated slab of club fodder. There are a couple of moments of idiosyncrasy here, particularly on the title track and On & On, but Guilt's formulaic approach makes it easy to pass on the whole album. Instead, head over to your favourite download site and cherry-pick the radio bangers.
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