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K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Hurt

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Hurt (from Exodus / Love Me Right – 2015)

Even when EXO tracks brood, they usually do so over an interesting hodgepodge of instrumental elements. Hurt perches itself atop an aggressive stomp and sweeping, distorted synth. It opens like a dark carnival ride, but retains its blustering energy across the next three-and-a-half minutes. The impassioned vocals compliment this mood, but I’ve always found the melody to be too one note. Hurt is a good song to play when you need to release some angry energy, but beyond that I find its structure too plodding to stand as a highlight in their discography.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7



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