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K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Transformer

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Transformer (from Exodus / Love Me Right – 2015)

With a militant hip-hop beat and distorted electronics, Transformer stands as one of EXO’s more aggressive tracks. It’s also one of their most fascinating. The verses are phrased with hip-hop flow even when the vocals take charge, but the pre-chorus warps layers of voices into a dynamic build that carries through to the chorus. I love the interplay between ascending and descending melodic lines here. The arrangement echoes this balance, offering moments of dramatic harmony followed by a more submissive response, giving the hook a seesaw sense of instability that makes Transformer quite a thrill.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9


One thought on “K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Transformer

  1. The strength of the pre-chorus (“oh baby baby baby~”) was strong enough for this song to make my playlist. I think the chorus is underwhelming, though.


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