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Pleasure and Pain

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112 3/29/2005

Review

What's more surprising? That Pleasure and Pain, One Twelve's fifth album, is not a greatest-hits compilation named after a song off their 1996 debut, or that it comes with a parental advisory label? In nearly a decade of existence, the group has amassed enough charting singles to warrant a concise best-of, and not many artists coming up with them during the mid-'90s are still active. In the wake of parting with P. Diddy and Bad Boy, they've taken the opportunity to work with a mostly new pool of collaborators, including Mario Winans, Jermaine Dupri, and Bryan-Michael Cox, who each pitch in once or twice. They remain self-sufficient otherwise, with member Daron Jones handling a good portion of the production duties. The result isn't much different from the previous albums, with a few standout singles and album tracks surrounded by a generous amount of forgettable moments, and a similar ratio of upbeat numbers and ballads to match. The parental advisory label (a first for the once squeaky-clean group) can actually be pinned on previously unlikely collaborators Three 6 Mafia. (Who could've ever predicted that a line as forthright as "Is she gonna chew me up or she gon' swallow up my nads" would ever appear in one of their songs? Nobody.) [A clean version of the album was also made available, presumably with the group members' mothers in mind.] ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Intro 112 0:55
  3. 2 Let This Go 112 3:59
  4. 3 What If 112 5:23
  5. 4 U Already Know 112 3:17
  6. 5 Damn 112 3:43
  7. 6 Nowhere 112 3:52
  8. 7 Last to Know 112 3:57
  9. 8 I'm Sorry (Interlude) 112 0:45
  10. 9 My Mistakes 112 4:38
  11. 10 If I Hit 112 3:53
  12. 11 The Way 112 3:21
  13. 12 We Goin' Be Alright 112 1:33
  14. 13 Why Can't We Get Along 112 4:14
  15. 14 That's How Close We Are 112 3:53
  16. 15 Closing the Club 112 4:0
  17. 16 What the H**l Do You Want 112 5:24
  18. 17 God Knows 112 5:5

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