112, Puff Daddy's four-man crew of smooth-crooning R&B loverboys, come on so aggressively sticky and heart-on-sleeve earnest throughout their second album, Room 112, that it's often difficult to wade through the torrent of molasses pouring down and through each of the songs. Combining old-school doo wop harmonies with '90s hip-hop trappings -- robotic beats, mechanic vocals, half-baked ideas -- 112 do very little to distinguish themselves from the pack. And because this is a Puffy project, the occasional heavy-handed sample creeps in for an unwelcome visit (the biggest offender here is the use of Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home" during one particularly uninspired tune). The best cut here is "Love Me," a bit of new jack breakdown that swings and hammers with convincing verve and groove, something prominently absent from the rest of the dreary Room 112.
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AllMusic Review by Michael Gallucci
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