One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
Baby (from XOXO / Growl – 2013)
A large portion of EXO’s first full-length album was devoted to retro, mid-tempo r&b jams, and Baby slots within that framework well. Over a blend of fitful synths and skittering, 90’s throwback percussion, the track manages to generate momentum despite its relatively subdued energy. The chorus injects some resounding stabs of synth to forge an unexpected build that adds to the track’s organic ebb and flow. Through it all, EXO’s layered vocal performance gives Baby enough character to stand out. It still feels a bit extraneous when compared to similar tracks in their discography, but it’s hard to argue with a group operating in their sweet spot.