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on April 29, 2009
By the time 112 came out with "Only You", Bad Boy Records were at the top of the hip-hop game. Not to say "Only You" wasn't a monstrous hit, but I always thought it did well because of Bad Boy's hot streak at the time. Nevertheless, the Atlanta-based quartet impressed me even more when "Come See Me" hit the airwaves. I have been a fan ever since, and they haven't disappointed me with their body of work since. It all started with 112, the group's debut album. Here are the highlights.
As mentioned, "Come See Me" is the best track overall, but other tracks to check out are "Cupid" (radio hit) , "I will be there" (midtempo relaxer), "Just a little while" (smooth coaster), and "Throw it all away" (balladry at its best). There are others that can be played, but after a few spins, you would want to skip them.
Not that I'm a harsh critic, but the overall tone of 112 was too syrupy. Ballads get weary after a while, and unfortunately, 112 did. However, this was the only album from their catalog that was ballad-heavy and guess what: It's not THAT bad. In fact, the few uptempo cuts that are featured rate as some of their best. 112 would respond with more uptempo songs (perhaps with the success of "Only You" and "Come See Me")on later discs, but this is the trial run, so it can be forgiven. As a result, I recommend 112 for fans of soft, mellow R&B, but NOT for completists who like balance in their music.