“We belong together… and you know I’m right”
From The Vault is back this week with possibily one of the biggest love song of the past few decades, it’s ‘End Of The Road’ by legendary quartet Boyz II Men.
Trio of titans L.A. Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons birthed the 1993 gem which was included on the ‘Boomerang OST’ and later on was part of the tracklist of the reissue of the boys debut LP ‘CooleyHighHarmony.’
Without an iota of doubt, it’s this very song that made Boyz II Men a household name. Indeed, after a bevy of top 10 hits, ‘Road’ eclipsed all of the previous success thanks to a then record-breaking 13 weeks stint at #1 on the Billboard chart and multiple Top 10 placings the world over.
Though the track’s video drips all sorts of cheese, it is a a great representation of the “90s love song” model which remains a strong visual reference of the era.
At the top of the year, we were very vocal about wanting diversity in the male arena, especially on a lyrical tip. Narratives surrounding “sex” and “partying” have produced a number of hot hits could, however it’d be refreshing to see some of today’s talent expand their lyrical discourse to include some of the more true to life aspects of love – namely vulnerability. For, as ‘Road’ has shown, such artistic honesty can yield iconic results.