Pleasure & Pain (112 album)

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Pleasure & Pain
Studio album by 112
Released March 29, 2005
(Release history)
Recorded 2004
Genre R&B
Length 62:39
Label Def Soul
Producer L.A. Reid and 112 (executive)
Marcus T. Grant, Shakir Stewart, Daron Jones, Jermaine Dupri, Mario Winans, Sean Garrett, Bryan-Michael Cox, The Track Boyz, Focus..., Ken Fambro
112 chronology
Hot & Wet
(2003)
Pleasure & Pain
(2005)
TBA
Singles from Pleasure & Pain
  1. "U Already Know"
    Released: November 23, 2004
  2. "What If"
    Released: March 11, 2005

Pleasure & Pain is the fifth and final studio album from 112 named after the song "Pleasure & Pain" on 112's 1996 eponymous debut album, 112. This album did not fare as well as their first three albums, but the album did manage to spawn one hit single in 2005; the single "U Already Know" peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second single "What If" reached #74. It was the first 112 album to get a Parental Advisory sticker (although a few songs from earlier releases contain profanity as well). The single, "U Already Know", has two official remixes, the official Murder Remix featuring Ja Rule & Harry O and the official Roc-A-Fella Remix featuring Foxy Brown.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at #4 on the charts with sales of 118,000 copies its first week.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
Stylus Magazine C+[3]
USA Today 3/4 stars[4]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic reviewed, "What's more surprising? That Pleasure and Pain, 112'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.)"

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, D. Jones Daron Jones 0:55
2. "Let This Go"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, D. Jones Daron Jones 3:58
3. "What If"   Darrell "Delite" Allamby Darrell "Delite" Allamby 5:22
4. "U Already Know"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, S. Garrett, B. Edwards Jr., P. Ivers, J. Parker Focus..., Sean Garrett* 3:16
5. "Damn"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, D. Jones Daron Jones 3:42
6. "Nowhere"   J. Dupri, B. M. Cox, J. Austin Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox* 3:51
7. "Last To Know"   M. Winans, M. Jones, R. Leslie, U. Raymond Mario Winans 3:58
8. "I'm Sorry (Interlude)"   D. Jones Daron Jones 0:45
9. "My Mistakes"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, D. Jones, J. Kent, M. Williams, S. Garrett The Track Boyz 4:37
10. "If I Hit" (feat. T.I.) M. Winans, S. Garrett, C. Harris Mario Winans, Sean Garrett* 3:53
11. "The Way" (feat. Jermaine Dupri) J. Dupri, J. Austin, S. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Grant, M. Cox, R. Thomas Jermaine Dupri 3:21
12. "We Goin' Be Alright"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, D. Jones Daron Jones 1:33
13. "Why Can't We Get Along"   Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, K. Fambro, S. Garrett, K. Dean, B. M. Cox Ken Fambro 4:14
14. "That's How Close We Are"   W. Campbell, H. Lilly, L. Haywood, M. McQueen Jr., W. Williams Jr. Warryn Campbell, Harold Lilly 3:53
15. "Closing The Club" (feat. Three 6 Mafia) Q. Parker, M. Keith, M. Scandrick, D. Jones, A. Macon, R. Bowser, S. Garrett, S. Crawford, J. Houston, P. Beauregard Antonie "Bam" Macon, Ryan Bowser 4:00
16. "What The Hell Do You Want"   D. Jones Daron Jones 5:23
17. "God Knows"   D. Jones Daron Jones 5:04
  • (*) Denotes co-producer.

Samples[edit]

  • "U Already Know" contains a sample of "Can We Fall in Love Again", as performed by Phyllis Hyman
  • "The Way" contains an interpolation of "Change the Game", as performed by Jay-Z featuring Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel
  • "That's How Close We Are" contains a sample of "That Sweet Woman of Mine", as performed by Leon Haywood

Personnel[edit]

  • 112 — Vocals (bckgr), Executive Producer
  • L.A. Reid — Executive Producer
  • Shakir Stewart — Executive Producer, A&R
  • Marcus T. Grant — Executive Producer, Management
  • Tara Podolsky — A&R
  • Everett "LA" Quarles — A&R
  • Leesa Brunson — A&R
  • Daron Jones — Producer
  • Bryan-Michael Cox — Producer
  • The Track Boyz — Producer
  • Jermaine Dupri — Producer, Mixing
  • Kevin Wales — Producer
  • Mario Winans — Producer
  • Ken Fambro — Producer
  • Sean Garrett — Producer, Vocal Producer
  • Focus... — Producer
  • Michael Keith — Vocal Producer
  • Quinnes Parker — Vocal Producer
  • Clifford Henson — Vocal Engineer
  • Paul Osborn — Vocal Engineer
  • Roxanne Estrada — Vocals (bckgr)
  • Jeanne Allamby — Production Coordination
  • Darrell "Delite" Allamby — Producer, Engineer, Editing, Mixing, Tracking, Vocal Engineer, Instrumentation
  • Bam — Producer, Instrumentation
  • Butch Bonner — Guitar
  • Floyd "Tag" Merriweather — Guitar
  • Vernon Mungo — Engineer, Mixing
  • Alvin Speights — Mixing
  • Bruce Buechner — Engineer
  • Eric Hunter — Engineer
  • Tommy Jamin — Engineer
  • Brian Frye — Engineer
  • Manny Marroquin — Mixing
  • Phil Tan — Mixing
  • Ben Arrindell — Mixing
  • Jim Beeman — Mixing
  • Jean-Marie Horvat — Mixing
  • Ryan Evans — Assistant Engineer, Assistant
  • James M. Wisner — Assistant Engineer
  • Josh Monroy — Assistant Engineer
  • John Horesco IV — Assistant
  • Khary Menelik — Assistant
  • James Mungo — Assistant
  • Rob Skipworth — Assistant
  • Amber Noble — Marketing
  • Erica Bowen — Recording Director
  • Sandra Campbell — Project Coordinator
  • Warryn Campbell — Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
  • Sean Cooper — Sound Design
  • Tom Coyne — Mastering
  • Nichell Delvaille — Art Producer
  • Roger Erickson — Photography
  • Sybil Pennix — Wardrobe
  • Robert Sims — Design, Creative Director
  • Eric Weissman — Sample Clearance
  • Matthew Betmalik — Prop Stylist

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[5] 4
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[5] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States March 29, 2005 Def Soul CD -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pleasure & Pain (112 album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Haord, Christian (2005-04-21). "112: Pleasure And Pain : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  3. ^ Shipley, Al (2005-04-29). "112 - Pleasure and Pain - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Elysa (2005-03-28). "112, Pleasure and Pain". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Pleasure & Pain > Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-05.