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K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Promise (EXO 2014)

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Promise (EXO 2014) (from Love Me Right – 2015)

Despite its title, Promise (EXO 2014) was released in the middle of 2015 as part of the group’s Love Me Right repackage album. The track blurs the line between ballad and mid-tempo, borrowing the structure from the former but the production from the latter. It’s an odd hodgepodge, segueing from tense percussion to moments of near-silence. Promise builds to one of the most passionate, breathless rap verses in EXO’s discography, only to be outdone by a few climactic power notes moments later. Yet somehow the song still feels forgettable when stacked against other material on Love Me Right. This might be due to its placement at the tail end of the album, or its relatively long running time.

 Hooks 7
 Production 7
 Longevity 8
 Bias 7
 RATING 7.25

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