SINGAPORE: US Grammy award-winning R&B group All-4-One, best known for the hit song I Swear, said that they found the 90s “a more romantic era” than the present day, in an interview with Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (Feb 5).
“It is definitely a more romantic era. In the 90s, people weren’t afraid to show their sensitive side. Nowadays, I think songs are a little more sexual in nature. Where it's like: ‘You can dance on a pole, that don’t make you a Ho’, and that’s a big hit. But in the 90s, it was more about love, not about sex.
“I don’t disapprove of those songs. I listen to those songs. I like those songs, but that is the difference between the songs of the 90s and today,” said All-4-One’s Delious Kennedy.
“I would even go so far as to say that even the songs which were thought of as being overly-sexual back then, like I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd, if you really look at the lyrics, it wasn’t that bad. Now, they’re just cursing and being very graphic,” added his group mate Jamie Jones.
“They are a little more ‘detailed’ now than they were back in the day,” said All-4-One’s Alfred Nevarez. “Video games, what you see on TV, are more sexual now. I think people are more desensitised to it,” said All-4-One member Tony Borowiak.
While many have criticised the lyrics of I Swear and many other songs from the 90s as being “cheesy”, Jones believed that songs from the 90s focused on love as well as relationships, and “meant something to you”.
“They weren’t songs that you forget once the radio stops playing it,” said Jones. “I don’t think love can ever be cheesy!” said Kennedy.
All-4-One is in town to perform at the Retrolicious 2015 concert at Fort Canning Park on Saturday (Feb 7). They also revealed that they are currently working on a special 20th anniversary album which contains mostly new songs, and will be released this year.
But for now, they intend to enjoy their trip to Singapore, the quartet’s first since 2004, before meeting their fans at the big concert, which also features Colour Me Badd and Tommy Page.
“We’re looking to have some fun at the concert. We hope the audience will come with the same energy and we’ll have a blast!” said Kennedy.