Review

EXO – Lightsaber

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I never thought kpop and Star Wars would find a need to combine, but I guess Disney knows what it’s doing in terms of international outreach, because they paired with Korea’s biggest group for a themed track. Now, a short clip of a 2012-ish EXO demo called Lightsaber has been available for some time, but it’s unclear whether or not this is the same song (it’s probably not). When I first heard this version, I groaned at the inevitable dubstep with one-word repetition that makes up the chorus, but I’ve grown to really love the song. It’s definitely not proper, full-fledged comeback quality, but as an unexpected treat it’s shown a lot more staying power on my playlist than I’d anticipated it would. The melodic EDM verses are especially catchy and transition nicely to the hook, which is really just an excuse for some elaborate, special-effects driven dance breakdown. It’s not exactly a direction I’d prefer EXO to go in the long run, but I don’t think it will be after Call Me Baby and Love Me Right brought them so much success.

 Hooks  8
 Production  8
 Longevity  8
 Bias  8
 RATING  8

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