One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
Angel (from Mama – 2012)
As EXO’s earliest ballad, Angel provided the template for stirring work yet to come. It’s still one of their enduring melodies, underlined by a simple, piano-led arrangement that’s bolstered by the evocative vocals of the group’s then “K” and “M” teams. This review covers the Korean version, sung by Baekhyun, D.O. and Suho. Though Angel regurgitates the SM ballad sound of its era, the song is driven by a gentle rhythm that keeps it from becoming mired in its own sentimentality. This is accomplished with a strong focus on percussion, which lends the track anthemic heft in all the right spots. Angel‘s warm refrain echoes similar 2012/13 work of agency-mates SHINee (specifically Fire and 1,000 Years) — though EXO would quickly go on to forge a path all their own.