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EDITORS’ NOTES

EXO's annual winter-music release returns for its fourth year and boasts its most inclusive message yet. The boy band's vocalists shine on the moving title-track ballad and nail the vocal acrobatics in "Lights Out," while bringing an emotional depth to snappy, modern R&B productions via the hopeful, synth-heavy "Been Through" and acoustic-leaning "Fall." But what might be the biggest present to fans is how the entire album uses gender-neutral pronouns, a progressive decision that makes Universe a release that anyone can appreciate.

EDITORS’ NOTES

EXO's annual winter-music release returns for its fourth year and boasts its most inclusive message yet. The boy band's vocalists shine on the moving title-track ballad and nail the vocal acrobatics in "Lights Out," while bringing an emotional depth to snappy, modern R&B productions via the hopeful, synth-heavy "Been Through" and acoustic-leaning "Fall." But what might be the biggest present to fans is how the entire album uses gender-neutral pronouns, a progressive decision that makes Universe a release that anyone can appreciate.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
270 Ratings

270 Ratings

SLUPPER! ,

Time to get them on Billboard chart.

The album is amazing! They need to be big in the U.S.!🎊🎉

Cinder_333 ,

EXO Flawlessly Tackles a New Album

EXO's winter albums consistently deliver the ballad of the year. The addition of rock elements to this year's ballad "Universe" was done flawlessly, with the strong vocalists' powerful voices belting over the band. The beginning of "Been Through" is reminiscent of PVC instruments with dreamlike vocals. The tune of "Stay" is catchy and sounds like it would belong in a mystery video game. The chorus of "Fall" totally contrasts the gentle guitar persistent throughout the song; it includes techno sounds with opera/chorus vocals, and it is hauntingly gorgeous. "Good Night" is sweet, like a mix between a sad love song and a lullaby. Chen, an EXO member, wrote the poignant lyrics of "Lights Out" with pain and comfort. It demonstrates his strength as both a skilled singer and songwriter. Overall, this album is more mature and emotional than their older winter albums. Considering the current events, it is appreciated. This album speaks about darkness, loneliness, and the strength to continue and see the light at the end of the tunnel. It easily thrones itself as one of my favorite EXO albums. Beautiful.

MrLowBrass ,

Wow

This is my first time hearing this artist and wow this is really nice. Amazing.

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