It's Only Rock N Roll 1990-1994 follows the pattern of JCI's It's Only series, offering a seemingly random collection of 20 hits from a given genre or style for a period of five years. These songs weren't necessarily the biggest hits of these five years, although there are a number of classics and smashes here. It may be hard to deduce exactly why these songs were chosen -- especially since the compilers apparently define "rock & roll" as anything that reached the Top 40, since nothing here fits even a loose definition of "rock & roll" -- but the end results are nevertheless quite entertaining. All of the songs are featured in their original hit versions, not remakes, which isn't always the case with midline collections. Furthermore, there a few cuts that aren't easy to find on other collections or even greatest-hits albums, which means it's interesting to collectors as well as casual fans. Most importantly, each volume captures the feeling of the era, even if it's missing several big hits, and that's what makes the series a nice introductory overview for curious listeners. Among the highlights on It's Only Rock N Roll 1990-1994 are Us3's "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy," Technotronic's "Move This," Wilson Phillips' "Hold On," Expose's "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me," MC Hammer's "Pray," C&C Music Factory's "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...," Color Me Badd's "All 4 Love," Arrested Development's "People Everyday" and the Heights' "How Do You Talk to an Angel."
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine