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K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – The Star

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The Star (from Miracles In December – 2013)

You all know I don’t believe in the concept of “guilty pleasure,” but if I would classify any EXO song under this label it’d be The Star. As a holiday release, it’s free from self-seriousness or the need for inventive songwriting. Instead, the guys succeed in crafting one of the most enjoyably fun grooves of their career. The song is bright and goofy, but not without a palpable sense of funk. I love the retro synth that runs throughout most of the instrumental, but The Star’s highlight is that hilariously high crescendo to each chorus. Elsewhere, founding member Kris delivers an English-language rap that’s cringey in the best possible way, adding to The Star’s gawky charm.

 Hooks 9
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9



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