Ralph Tresvant isn't like all those other guys; he has sensitivity. At least, that's the message he's pushing on this smooth track. Jam and Lewis wanted to show off Tresvant's vocals by letting him sing everything, all the backgrounds and all the leads. Jam told Billboard
that he and Lewis "borrowed a page from Marvin Gaye, but even more than Marvin, a guy named Leon Ware, who produced and arranged a lot of the vocals on Marvin with a lot of layering." (Ware produced Gaye's 1976 album, I Want You
, including the hit title track
The result was a song tailor-made for Tresvant's voice and persona. "'Sensitivity was born out of the way we saw Ralph."