After a majorly successful album last year, followed by their first arena tour in the U.S., EXO has undoubtedly cemented itself as one of the top boy bands around the world. Today's releases from new album Ex'act launch them even higher.
The K-pop outfit have two new singles to promote their third full-length album that showcase two separate sides to them. "Monster" is the more hip-hop/electronic-leaning track that, at first, sounds like the type of aggressive and dark track many young boy bands are trying to pull off in the K-pop scene. Yet, the chorus is on another level of pop perfection and is a reminder of how EXO is not on the same level as other male acts.
The accompanying music video shows the nine members at their edgiest with intense piercings and smudged, bruised faces. It isn't the most distinct storyline, but EXO is performing some of their most extreme choreography.
EXO is also promoting a new single "Lucky One" that brings out a feel-good side to the group with a funky pop sound. Once again, the group delivers an excellent chorus with a disco-influenced guitar, flutes and synths that would make Earth, Wind & Fire smile. Just like they did with "Call Me Baby" and "Love Me Right" last summer, EXO is delivering a one-two punch when it comes to their singles this year.
The accompanying video to "Lucky One" is also on the brighter side, visually. The guys explode the heads of gorgeous scientists as they scheme their way out of a pristine laboratory, where they're being experimented on. Perhaps it's a metaphor to show EXO are hotter than ever?
"Monster" and "Lucky One" promote EXO's new album Ex'act that comes in both a Korean and Chinese version that you can stream on Spotify now.