Album Review • If Babyface has his hand in any production of an album, please know that it will be nothing less than amazing. Amazing is exactly what we got when the Boomerang Soundtrack was released the Summer of 1992. With the production from L.A. Reid, Babyface, P.M. Dawn, A Tribe Called Quest & other big producers this soundtrack was just as smooth as Marcus Graham.
Just like the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, the Boomerang soundtrack was star studded. From Johnny Gill to Toni Braxton, Babyface pulled out a lot of all-stars of the 90’s and they did not disappoint. This soundtrack is where we were first introduced to Toni THE LIVING LEGEND Braxton. Due to Anita Baker passing on “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” & telling Babyface to let the girl singing the demo perform is where Toni’s career took off & she never looked back. The hit was so big it became her first official single & was placed on her solo debut album.
It’s the early 90’s so you know the soundtrack gave us some new jack swing like “Reversal of a Dog” with The LaFace Cartel & “It’s Gonna Be Alright” with Aaron Hall & Charlie Wilson. You can’t have a LaFace soundtrack without the classic ballads & “Love Should Have Brought You Home” & “End of the Road” gave us that timeless sound. One of my favorite lines from the movie is “love should have brought ya azz home last night.” That’s what Toni should have said in the song. Boyz II Men gave us the classic breakup ballad with “End of the Road” which is still one of their biggest hits & ranked the 6th most successful song of the decade.
In my opinion, the best song on the soundtrack is “There You Go” by Johnny Gill. That song feel like the moment you light a candle right after cleaning your house. The background vocals from Babyface only make the song that more special. This hit was made for Johnny, so much that I can’t think of anyone else who I would want to sing it. “Hot Sex” by A Tribe Called Quest is another standout on the album. That beat was so crazy, that it was sampled years later by Mary J. Blige.
At the end of the day, if you want a well put together movie soundtrack you need to have LaFace on your line. They will get it right EVERYTIME! There will be an all-star lineup with some of the best productions that the people will still be listening to 30 years later.