K-Pop A-Z

K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Forever

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Forever (from The War / The Power Of Music – 2017)

Forever is the kind of lumbering, almost industrial beast that SM boy groups do so well. Its arrangement has a tense energy, constantly on the build without ever reaching a sense of calm conclusion. Special mention has to go to the synth brass, which opens the track with trumpeting fanfare before returning for the bombastic chorus. I also love the stomping percussion that takes over the bridge. There’s a dense brew of instrumentation here that rewards repeated listens. The jittery melodies aren’t quite what I prefer when it comes to pop songs, but their off-kilter structure matches well with the track’s intensity.

 Hooks 7
 Production 9
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8

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