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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]EXO is K-pop’s poster boy for being a global sensation, achieving a spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 and having the highest sales for a K-pop act. Following a tough year in 2014, with the departure of two group members due to lawsuits, the now 10-member group returned with their second full-length album, “Exodus.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Leaving behind the bubblegum ballads of 2013’s “XOXO” and delving into a more mature sound featuring R&B beats and poetic lyrics, “Exodus” is one of their most solid albums to date. The title track, “Call Me Baby” maintains EXO’s distinctive dance pop sound with addictive lyrics and an earworm hook, living up to high expectations for a new record-breaker.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The album plays up EXO’s sexier and mature side, with mellowed synth beats in “What If…” and a smoke lounge-esque R&B sound in “Playboy.” With simple harmonies and falsetto tones, the members’ vocals are able to shine, especially on piano ballad “My Answer”, proving the group’s versatility.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][image_with_animation image_url=”8733″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]One of the strongest suits on this album are the instrumentals: the tribal beats in “El Dorado” resonate as a declarative anthem; the fast-paced lyrics in “Exodus” creates a sense of urgency throughout the song; the carnival-themed opening in “Hurt” leaves a chilling effect on the listener. The variety of sound displays the band’s ability to adapt to different genres.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A commonality among many K-pop songs is the tendency to mashup several genres into one song, creating jarring transitions and an uneven flow in the song. “Transformer” barely sits on the edge of messy, while the bumpy distribution of rap and singing in “Lady Luck” leaves a hollow feeling for the audience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Despite the few shortcomings, this is EXO’s most solid album to date. Even though they’ve won Best Album of the Year for the past two years, the awards they will receive for their second album will be well-deserved and cement their position as global superstars.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZlbWJlZC5zcG90aWZ5LmNvbSUyRiUzRnVyaSUzRHNwb3RpZnklMjUzQXVzZXIlMjUzQWhlYnJvbmhhd2tleWUlMjUzQXBsYXlsaXN0JTI1M0ExRGJqNmR4R0tRSUVEWFNURDNOZTBSJTI2dGhlbWUlM0R3aGl0ZSUyMiUyMHdpZHRoJTNEJTIyMzAwJTIyJTIwaGVpZ2h0JTNEJTIyMzgwJTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwYWxsb3d0cmFuc3BhcmVuY3klM0QlMjJ0cnVlJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGaWZyYW1lJTNF[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”2281″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][tabbed_section][tab title=”Pros” id=”1430583725638-10″][vc_column_text]

  • Solid sound from beginning to end
  • Balance between upbeat songs to more mellowed songs
  • Good blend of R&B and dance pop

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  • Rushed lyrics at times
  • Genre mashup makes certain songs fall short

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