by: 112

As the first romantic soul group on Puff Daddy's Bad Boy label, 112 at least has the appearance of originality. However, their eponymous debut demonstrates that this is only an appearance -- in reality, they are much like a Boyz II Men clone. That's not necessarily bad, actually. 112 have strong voices, and their smooth harmonies are quite seductive, making the lack of originality in their music easy to overlook. A little more variety on 112 would have been nice -- the album consists almost entirely of ballads -- but the group's sound and Puffy's professional production make it a pleasurable record nevertheless. ~ Leo Stanley

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