First Hit #1: December 3, 1994
Boyz II Men is an appealing group, but maybe not the most varied one out there. On Bended Knee isn’t terribly different from I’ll Make Love To You musically, it’s also a ballad, also trades heavily on the group’s vocal harmonies, but is otherwise not actually that different in sound. Oh sure, it’s a different subject, a pretty typical “take me back” narrative from the group, again portraying them as the sensitive party that just wants to make the lady happy. It’s a much more desperate song than the previous, but if someone who isn’t an English speaker was listening, they would be hard pressed to tell the difference. It’s a style of music for which Boyz II Men is certainly adept, and they acquit themselves well, but one also wishes they had more in their bag of tricks. Then again, for 1994 at least, they had enough success that maybe they didn’t need much more in that bag.