So…about that EXO.
Nope. Not working. I was going to try to do this with minimal squeeing but…
I can’t! I really can’t! Oh my gawd! It’s EXO!!!!!! They’re back! And they’ve already won their first award! In their comeback week! I’m a happy and proud mama!
EXO: the group I fangirl over more than almost any other group. The illogical, irrational fangirl just spews forth from me when it comes to EXO, and I just have to let her go at it.
So, here she is again. Sorry.
Dear GAWD! EXOOOOOOOOOOO! Have you seen the videos?! Both of them, Korean and Chinese versions?! Of course you have! And if you really haven’t, why not?! They’re just the greatest, most incredible, most beautiful, most amazingest things in the history of EVERYTHING! You’ve got to see them!!!!!
Whew! Okay. I’m calmer now. Sorry. But EXO. I just can’t control myself when it comes to these boys.
But, for the sake of reviewing their new song “Call Me Baby” and the subsequent videos, I will rein in the fangirl, just slightly. So, about the song. You know I’m super biased when it comes to EXO. Therefore, it was automatically going to be my Song of the Week, regardless of its quality. Again, I’m biased like that.
But, you know what? Ignoring the fangirl in me, I really like the song! I won’t go so far as to say it’s my favorite EXO song. It’s not even my favorite song on the album (SM never chooses my favorite song as the single. NEVER.), but it’s such a tune! It’s reminiscent of the boy bands of the late 90s/early 2000s (think *NSync) and I’m thrilled about that! That’s my favorite era for American boy bands!
The beat is groovy and understated. Fun actually. It’s not as powerful as “Growl” or as serious as “Overdose”, but it’s incredibly catchy! The heavy back beat holds the whole song together, while the lilting voices playfully fall over each other. The vocals literally sound like a roomful of boys all vying for your attention. The harmonies are pure boy band, in the very best of ways. The singing is top notch, especially those high notes from Chen. That boy has one of the best voices in K-Pop.
And the videos are great because they’re simple and clutter-free, set in various rooms of a warehouse. The videos are merely vessels to let the boys shine. And boy do they! Every member is showcased, and I was surprised by how charismatic each of them are in their individual stand-out solo parts of the video.
And can I just say, Chen and Lay steal the show for me, followed closely behind by Suho and Tao.
When did these boys get so playful and sexy?! Where did that come from?!
Then, when they all come together. Ugh! It’s magical! Every one of the members has improved so much in their dancing. Not that they weren’t good dancers before, but now the vocal and rap lines blend in so well with the dance line that any non-fan would be hard pressed to pick out the “non-dancers” of the group.
The choreography is probably some of my favorite they’ve ever done. And that’s saying a lot, because I love EXO’s choreo. It’s always so dramatic and hard-hitting. But this is probably the first time I’ve seen them dance so relaxed, at least with the choreography for a single. It’s still precise and clean, but the boys look like they’re enjoying themselves more than they have in a long time.
Where “Mama’ was sleek, “Wolf” was clever, “Growl” was smooth, and “Overdose” was cool, “Call Me Baby” is slinky and sexy. There are so many fun dance points in the choreo. Their body rolls rival VIXX’s “Eternity” move,
and the little tiptoe move reminds me of sexy-cute BTS at their most playful,
and the crotch grabs and hip thrusts are performed with wanton abandon (cover your eyes if you’re innocent).
Thank you for that, EXO. I can’t wait to see a practice video to get the full scope of the wondrous choreography.
The thing I probably love most about these two videos is the fashion. I adore that the boys aren’t in costumes or uniforms or suits. They change outfits at least four times each in this video, and each outfit showcases each boy so well. It seems like they’re wearing their own street clothes at times. I love that they seem so accessible and “normal” (as normal as ten insanely hot guys dancing together in a warehouse can look anyway).
So, what do you think of “Call Me Baby” the single? Does the title give you sweat-inducing flashbacks of Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe”? Did I just put that in your head? Are you gonna hate me forever now?
And what about the videos? Do you love them as much as I do? Is there a version you prefer? Does a new boy shine for you and make you question your bias list? *cough*Chanyeol*cough*
Let me know below! I love talking about anything and everything with you all, so don’t be a stranger. And if you’re a super fangirl over EXO, all the better!