One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
My Lady (from XOXO / Growl – 2013)
Closing out EXO’s first full-length album, My Lady offers a bluesy slab of r&b groove. The tempo is always faster than I expect for a song like this, especially as the two-part chorus picks up for a swinging blend of rhythmic, MJ-style phrasing followed by a searing vocal performance underlined by airy harmonies. There are almost too many ideas stuffed into My Lady for its 3+ minute length, making it feel slightly unfinished. But, there’s a briskness to the track that’s quite satisfying. It has a refreshing, jam-session appeal whereas many of EXO’s tracks (and K-pop in general) can feel studio-perfected to the point of rigidity.