Disclaimer: This post, though informative, contains some fangirl-ing and quite a bit of spazzing. 🙂
EXO, is a 12-member South Korean-Chinese boy band under SM Entertainment agency formed in 2011. Though considered and promotes as one group, they are subdivided into two subgroups, EXO-K (korean) and EXO-M (mandarin), to target both Korean and Chinese audience. Group members include Suho (leader), Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun, Kris (EXO-M leader), Xiumin, Luhan, Lay, Chen and Tao.
Despite being overly publicized months before their actual debut, I wasn’t impressed. When I heard that a group of 12-member boys are going to debut under SM Ent, the first thing I thought of was Super Junior. Is Lee So Man trying to make a group like SuJu? I know that Super Junior members are already at an age where they would be enlisting in the army, in fact a few members had already done so, and thus hindered them from promoting as a whole. So this made me think — is EXO another of Mr. Lee’s clever ideas to not stop promoting in China? Well it seems like it to me, especially since EXO has a subgroup named EXO-M, just like Super Junior has a subgroup named Super Junior-M (or SJM), where they sing songs in Mandarin and do promotions in China.
Anyway, I wasn’t initially in awe of EXO. I guess it was because I am a big Super Junior and Big Bang fan and I find EXO too young for me to spazz over. However, since it was an SME group, I am inclined to watch their first debut MV (History) and my first impression was that they are a cross between SHINEE and SUPER JUNIOR — they have SHINEE’s youth and Super Junior’s number. LOL! So far I wonder if they would have the charm and versatility that Suju had, because Suju seriously did almost everything. They are not hailed as the “Kings of Hallyu Wave” for nothing you know. In any case, I have to say that Lee So Man did right with EXO what he did wrong with Super Junior, and that is in debuting both Korean and Chinese members together. Of course, I’m not going to elaborate any further, SuJu fans know exactly what I’m talking about — “SuJu 13” anyone?
Going to the reason why I’m doing this post, I just saw EXO’s latest MV “Growl” a week ago and fell in love. Unlike their previous song releases, this song is a bull’s eye! Like Cupid’s arrow finally hit me and I just can’t help but drool over my one true love (ok that’s too much! LOL!) What I was trying to say is that the song just fits EXO to a T as compared with their past singles. I never totally got hooked with History, Mama etc — I just don’t think the songs match with EXO vocally speaking. It just feels like the songs were forced on them —
like that isn’t exactly the case with most kpop groups under SME.
So back to the song, “Growl” is a great EXO song and the music video is just O-M-G! I think I’ll just let you watch first to see. There are two versions, obviously, and both are muy perfecto! 🙂
To better appreciate the song, below is one with english subs (+romanization+hangul)
I think the idea of shooting this MV in one take is just brilliant! The boys are great dancers and the video showcased just that! (apart of course from their great style and good looks 🙂 ) The lighting, the location and the outfits are young, cool and fresh. The boys never looked so appealing to me as they did in “Growl”. I feel like growling myself. LMAO!
To end this post, I finally get to have my EXO bias 🙂