Review

EXO – OBSESSION: In-Depth Album Review – Trouble

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reviewing every song in EXO’s discography, from A-Z. That will continue, but I’m taking a brief break to write about the songs on their newest album, Obsession.

Be sure to check back every day as I take a look at each and every track!


1. Obsession // 2. Trouble // 3. Jekyll // 4. Groove // 5. Ya Ya Ya // 6. Baby You Are // 7. Non Stop // 8. Day After Day // 9. Butterfly Effect


TROUBLE

When Trouble was described as “incorporating elements of trap and reggae,” I prepared myself for the worst. That’s pretty much a recipe for mind-numbing boredom as far as I’m concerned, and K-pop has scoured these genres to death over the past few years. But, Trouble turns out to be more interesting than those labels would suggest.

Yes, the verses bob with a slight reggae beat and, like almost any K-pop song nowadays, there is definitely a trap influence. However, Trouble compensates with a great chorus. The melody itself is fine, but I’m more interested in that distorted instrumental and its unexpected jolt of symphonic flourishes.

I often use the word “lurching” as a criticism when describing music. However, Trouble‘s chorus lurches in the best way. It’s disorienting and almost off-rhythm, which creates a tense, post-apocalyptic atmosphere. I just wish that the verses were as memorable. The song’s climactic power note suggests a more dynamic arrangement that might have been. Instead, too much of Trouble feels oddly subdued. It’s an unbalanced track, and that works both to its benefit and detriment.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8

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9 thoughts on “EXO – OBSESSION: In-Depth Album Review – Trouble

  1. “Lurching” is about right. The sung part of the chorus sounds half a tick behind the instrumental part of the chorus.
    If I hadn’t heard Jekyl and Hyde already, I would have said oh this is the usual SM experimental track.
    I dont this song works for me. If the interesting part is that off-beat arrangement (literally), I think it would have been better to play with that, and make it more off, then less, then snap to, then off again.

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