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Review: EXO-K Expand Their Sound On 'Exodus' The Title Track Of Their 2nd Album [AUDIO]

By Jesse Lent | March 30, 2015 07:25 PM EDT

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With all of the handwringing over Kris and Luhan of EXO-M suing the group's record label SM Entertainment for termination of their contacts last year and the label suing back for an unauthorized ad campaign, it is easy to forget that the lineup of EXO-K is the same as it's ever been.

Still without any major disruptions to the lineup since EXO was formed in 2011, the six members of EXO-K have clearly continued to hone their group sound to a fine point. Nowhere else on the group's second full-length album "Exodus," released on Monday, is the cohesion of this lineup more apparent than on the title track.

Perhaps, I should back up for a second.

For the uninitiated, EXO is made up of two different lineups or "sub-units" as they're referred to in K-pop. EXO-K performs in Korean. EXO-M performs those same songs in the Chinese language of Mandarin.

On the album "Exodus" both units of EXO sound as good as ever across the boards.

And though it doesn't seem fair to compare EXO-K and EXO-M's performance, considering the aforementioned struggles the members of EXO-M have dealt with over the last 12 months, it is hard not to be struck by the power of EXO-K on the title track.

EXO always seem to align themselves with the best producers and songwriters with "Exodus" being no exception.

There are a variety of sounds and styles on the "Exodus" album, all of them worth a listen, both on the first album of the double album, featuring EXO-K performing 10 songs and the second album where EXO-M perform the same 10 songs in Mandarin.

But as the highlight of both discs, EXO-K's "Exodus," has the sleek, modern sound EXO is known for without being robotic. And like their blockbuster 2014 hit "Overdose," the song manages to be both anthemic and danceable as hell.

The intricate backups, impressively delivered by both lineups, propel the chorus of "Exodus" into the stratosphere.

Considering how difficult the past year has been for EXO and how dark their sound is on previous hits like "Overdose" or "Wolf," it is interesting the group's second album sounds so soaringly upbeat.

Maybe the 10 remaining members of EXO just wanted to get back to making people dance.

Listen to EXO-K perform "Exodus," the title track from the first disc of the new double album of the same name by K-pop boy band EXO RIGHT HERE

Tagged :  EXO, EXO-K, Exodus

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