Song Review: Chanyeol (EXO) – Tomorrow

Chanyeol - TomorrowEXO are one of my all-time favorite K-pop groups. In fact, much to my surprise they sit just below Infinite on this site’s “Bias List Scorecard” – a cumulative, weighted ranking of the acts with the most songs in my monthly round-ups. So, I say this as a major fan: EXO has some of the dullest solo releases of any major idol act.

Of course, there are exceptions, but it feels like almost every solo track has been lodged in the same downbeat energy. Even main dancer Kai debuted with the solid (but sluggish) Mmmh. I’m glad the guys seem to be given leeway to record the style of music they want. I just wish it had a little more oomph.

Shortly after his enlistment, Chanyeol’s Tomorrow offers a yearning message for fans eagerly awaiting his 2022 return. Pre-and-post enlistment songs can’t be reviewed with the same criteria as proper title tracks, since they’re as much about sentiment as they are music. And for those clamoring to hear Chanyeol’s voice, I’m sure Tomorrow will offer some comfort.

His tone fits this acoustic pop sound well, and Tomorrow is relentlessly pleasant. It has a warmth and resonance, even if the end product amounts to little more than a capper on this stage of his career. At just over two minutes, the track feels like something Chanyeol wanted to quickly get off his chest – almost like a demo or spur-of-the-moment live performance. In context, this sense of authenticity works well. As a K-pop release, free from the emotion of enlistment, I don’t see myself returning to it often.

 Hooks 7
 Production 7
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7


6 thoughts on “Song Review: Chanyeol (EXO) – Tomorrow

  1. It’s fine! I don’t see myself whipped by it. I have always loved EXO, they have a solid collection of vocalists and one of the best single runs in all of K-pop, but there Solo material has been lacking of that charisma and charm they showcased in their EXO Comebacks. I am killing for an EXO comeback, and probably something ambitious from them.

    Off Topic: I am using this space to comment on the Top Three Songs of The Month. We all know at some point, SHINee and TVXQ will dash through the competition.


    • To be honest, I get so bored with these songs, I skip every five seconds if it doesn’t take an interesting direction. I am not sure If I hadn’t even heard the track properly. To be fair, I hate boring songs more than I do for songs which I consider awful. I can at least get some Ironic enjoyment out of ZE:A’s Mazeltov, this? I am not sure.

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      • So here is the really sad thing. I click off of a two and a half minute song to listen to a four hour long video that I have already listened to several times before.

        (This one, once again, in case anyone was wondering ‘

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  2. I actually like the song for this exact reason! I felt that it didn’t really need any extra oomph compared to a song like Mmmh (which was exactly one of my qualms with Mmmh). I thought that the downbeat energy worked well in this particular instance.

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