11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone longing for the R&B-flavored sound of ’90s boy-band pop will love the fifth album from EXO. The nine-member group once again revels in the era’s huge grooves (“Tempo”), sugary harmonies (“Damage”), and singalong choruses (“24/7”). There’s always more to this crew than their retro streak though. “With You” is a slice of falsetto-soul unexpectedly powered by chilled-out, club-ready breakbeats, while “Bad Dream” fuses the upbeat rush of house music with the moodiness of trap. But even with those new tweaks to their sound, it’s the period-perfect dance-floor bops (“Gravity”) and slow jams (“Ooh La La La”) that continue to make EXO one of South Korea’s hottest exports.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone longing for the R&B-flavored sound of ’90s boy-band pop will love the fifth album from EXO. The nine-member group once again revels in the era’s huge grooves (“Tempo”), sugary harmonies (“Damage”), and singalong choruses (“24/7”). There’s always more to this crew than their retro streak though. “With You” is a slice of falsetto-soul unexpectedly powered by chilled-out, club-ready breakbeats, while “Bad Dream” fuses the upbeat rush of house music with the moodiness of trap. But even with those new tweaks to their sound, it’s the period-perfect dance-floor bops (“Gravity”) and slow jams (“Ooh La La La”) that continue to make EXO one of South Korea’s hottest exports.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
581 Ratings

581 Ratings

bckfjfhs ,

🗣THE WORLD WASNT READY

Constantly evolving and setting musical trends, EXO has, yet again, blessed us with a full album with back to back bangers. Everyone say thank you exo.

BiancaBinx ,

When I see the bad reviews I wonder...

Because this album is really good, starting with Tempo that keeps you on your toes the entire song. By the time you think you’ve figured out their pattern, they switch up again. It’s an awesomely upbeat song. Their lyrics are much more mature this album and the strength of the strong vocal line is evident in the a cappella and ad libs. The Chanyeol/Sehun rap line is strong and it showcases a lot of individual talents. Suho and Minseok hold a lot on their own and Jongin (Kai) shocked me with his voice.

I’m not sure what some of the complaints really are-the production is of good quality and it’s a great mix of their R&B roots, infused with their unique pop sound. As an R&B enthusiast, I found EXO because American R&B has been lacking for me. I still very much appreciate their pure R&B sound like White Noise, Thunder, Hurt, Baby Don’t Cry, and Tell Me What Is Love by Do Kyungsoo; but right now I’m definitely feeling Don’t Mess Up My Tempo, Signs, and Oh Lalala. I hope any of the criticism of this album is truly constructive and no empty hate because this album has a shine to it. Give it a listen.

Ahad.87 ,

I can’t believe

The KINGS are back with a ROYAL album 🙌🏻
Thank you for the amazing work EXO

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