Universe (Chinese Version)
Universe (CD Version)
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.