Eddie Murphy’s character in the 1992 comedy Boomerang is, from the vantage of 2017, a goofy but charming lothario with somewhat confusing standards; he’s a playboy but also kind of a sucker—he’s going to have his world upended, he’ll get burned, he’ll fall in love. Just as the arc of the film bends toward stable romance, the high points of its soundtrack are its sincerest moments: Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” (recorded for the album), P.M. Dawn’s “I’d Die Without You,” Toni Braxton’s “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” (her first single!). LaFace records made sure Murphy’s movie had a soundtrack of the best in rap, new jack swing, and R&B ballads for its time. Ross Scarano