Part III

Bad Boy Records/BMG Music Canada
Ranking 8.5/10

As much as I hate to admit it, I fell into the lure of this album.

With my beautiful girlfriend a little more than 1000 clicks away, the lush R&B ballads swept me away, while the more upbeat dance tracks kept my heart thumpin'. As much as I want to be a 112 hater because of their association with P. Diddy, I can't do it. Sure 'Part III' packs some cheese with lyrics like "If you're sexy and you know it and you really want to show it, clap your hands" (takes me back to kindergarten) and "Peaches & Cream". But if you're able to look past that, I guarantee their vocals will be left swirling in your head. Don't be mistaken though, this isn't the ideal romantic evening mix for your girl: "It's Over Now" and "Player" are sure to break your flow. However, I found myself craving my baby boo on the tracks "All I Want Is you", "Missing You", "Sweet Love," and the R. Kelly produced, "Do What You Gotta Do",. The infectious club track, "Dance With Me" is sure to blaze up any dance floor. The "Q, Mike, Slim, Daron" interlude was possibly one of the most infectious beats on the whole album, combining smooth vocals and an R&B bounce. Twista is the only featured artist complementing 112's flow on "Don't Hate Me".

'Part III' is one of the best danceable R&B albums that I've heard in quite some time. If 112 can shy away from the cheese, they're only but a step from having it all together. I'm still amazed at their ability to imprint their vocals into my head. I'd find myself repeating a chorus over & over again in my head at the most unpredictable times. 'Part III' might not be the most soulful album, but if you're into clubbish R&B, then this album deserves a place in your collection.

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This review was written June 7, 2001