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K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Baby, Don’t Cry

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Baby, Don’t Cry (from XOXO / Growl – 2013)

One of EXO’s most iconic slow jams, Baby, Don’t Cry opens with an evocative piano riff that sets the tone for an extended r&b plea. In doing so, it pulls the best from EXO’s vocal line. The track has a sucker-punch of a chorus, supported brilliantly by minimalist percussion and that insistent, instantly-memorable piano. Cry’s bridge offers dynamic interplay between rap and vocals, gradually adding harmony before building to a fevered pitch of impassioned ad-libs. Once that storm has passed, Cry finishes as it began — that omnipresent piano bolstered by a renewed weight from the aural melodrama that preceded it.

 Hooks 9
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.75

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7 thoughts on “K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Baby, Don’t Cry

  1. Wow, an actual mid-tempo in kpop!
    Funny, I was half-expecting a sudden drop into something harder.

    Its OK. Vocals are great. The chorus repeats the word “cuh-rye” with a hard C and two syllables a few too many times for me. By the 2nd repeat of the chorus, I was hoping they would start with “why’s” and “bye’s” and “sky”s” and “lies”. (OT: also why the Beyoncé song “Halo” drives me nuts. Way too many hard breath Hhhhhalo’s. repeated at volume.)

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