Review

EXO – OBSESSION: In-Depth Album Review – Ya Ya Ya

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


YA YA YA

The most polarizing element on EXO’s Obsession is likely that repeated vocal sample that becomes part of the song’s percussion. Ya Ya Ya takes this approach even further, cribbing not only the central hook from girl group SWV’s 1996 hit You’re The One, but a good portion of its beat as well. This may seem problematic, but the producers have chosen a solid 90’s jam to draw from. Ya Ya Ya’s sample is just as repetitive as Obsession’s, but it’s warmer and more nostalgic.

However, the question must be asked: what do EXO bring to this tried and true production? Honestly, Ya Ya Ya’s melody is pretty light. It feels more like riffing than well-structured, fleshed out songwriting. But in this case, I think that’s okay. The chorus is instantly catchy, even if it’s as repetitive as the instrumental that supports it. It lets the guys have fun, riding the groove rather than forcing them into some tightly choreographed structure. Ya Ya Ya feels authentically 90’s, which is a vibe SM has been chasing for awhile now. Its only misstep is a trap-driven bridge, which instantly upends the retro charm the track has worked so hard to build until that point.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.75

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

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  4. I agree with the trap bridge portion. Even though I’m not that against trap, it did kinda throw the vibe off. The rest of the track while likeable I found it kinda grating/tiring after a couple of listens and have taken it off of my playlist.

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  5. It’s OK. Its the kind of B-side that if one has the whole album on play or all EXO songs on shuffle while working, one may or may not hit the skip button depending on one’s mood.

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  6. Pingback: EXO – OBSESSION: In-Depth Album Review – Baby You Are | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  7. Pingback: EXO – OBSESSION: In-Depth Album Review – NON STOP | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

  8. Pingback: EXO – OBSESSION: In-Depth Album Review – DAY AFTER DAY | The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

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