The K-Pop giants latest is a fine addition to their catalogue; with one glaring flaw.
It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded here (my apologies) but as my EXO reviews have always been so warmly received I thought I’d put in the effort to do a release-day review.
On the surface The War (the fourth full-length album from the EXO boys) looks like a big change: their logo, once again, has been reinvented (the floral design is far removed from the geometric designs they’ve favoured up to now); it’s the first full album to not feature a title based off their group name (see: XOXO, EXODUS, and EX’ACT); and , most noticeably, it’s the first album not to feature the last remaining Chinese member, Lay.
So, going into this album I was expecting something new, and whilst I always look forward to a group trying something unexpected I didn’t want to see a complete overhaul. Since their inception EXO have slowly pursued their own style and they’ve done so with more success and experimentation since 2014’s Overdose mini-album. Last year’s EX’ACT was a fine pop album by any measure and their best work so far. I’ll applaud experimentation and innovation but I hope they haven’t thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Continue reading