EXO Album Review: MAMA (Debut)

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    This is the review of the Korean version.

    The album is overall very solid. Wasnt too time consuming to review, because I have listened to it before, thus easier to write a thread on.
    My ranking is based on how engaged I was to the song.

    My ranking:

    1 - MAMA: This song is hands down one of the best title tracks Exo has ever released. they show their vocal strength from the get go. I would have been extremly impressed if they had debuted in the 4th generation with this type of song. The rap was fitting for the song. It could be cringy if you watch the video. But wothout it its actually fits really well.

    2 - Angel: I mean Exo are one of the best groups to sing Ballads. This is still one of my fave till today. D.O, Suho and Baek's voice blends really well. Suho's sweet gentle voice with Baekhyuns strong, and D.O's deep smooth one. Heaven!!

    3 - What is love: Ranking this here just because of the vocals. I mean Im in awe at how well Exo sing tbh. However The instrumental wasnt AMAZING tbh.

    4 - Machine: this was also quite the engaging song. The chorus was Amazing! And they went High. Low. High. Low. It makes wants me want to listen to it again.

    5 - History: Another one of Exo's good title tracks! Suho's part was one of my favourites.

    6- Two Moons: This song reduced me to tears at how bad it was!

    All of the songs are listanable except two moons.

    Overall rating: 7.5/10
     
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    Better late then never! :oops::teeheek:
     
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    I wish they would re-release their old songs xD
     
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    the disrespect saying What is love's instrumental is not amazing. I am offended the song was written by the amazing Yoo Young-jin(check my occupation)
     
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    Honestly it took time for What is love to grow on me.

    I started liking it while writing my review. Otherwhise it would be in the lower 3 normally.
     
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    1. Mama is a great song. The chorus is amazing. Honestly I agree, one of their best title tracks ever. I still don't like the rap (that screaming fits the song but it is not for me) but it is indeed better with just audio.
    2. What is Love- I used to love this song. It still has that effect on me.
    3. History- I really liked this one, so catchy and fun
    4. Machine- So SM
    5. Angel- a cute song but not my style, it felt a little boring
    6. Two Moons- this felt like the predecessor to the NCT songs later on but not in a good way.

    The first 3 song were perfect, the others definitely not for me.
     
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    I adore machine. Especially this live version:
    I put a time stamp.You should watch if you haven't yet


    Did you listen the chinese version. It's good as much as the korean one.
     
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    Two Moons is one of the few songs in their discography that's just a big NO to me lol
    MAMA and What Is Love are my faves ^^ Angel is pretty but I never listen to it
     
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    Angel
    What is love
    History
    ///WALL ///
    Mama
    Machine
    Two moons
     
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    1. I think MAMA is one of the hardest debut songs vocal wise or choreo wise. It shows how strong exo is. Rock is my favourite music genre but I can't say this song is it.

    The style is on point though
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    I listen from time to time to feel nostalgic and for kyungsoo's opening. And to entertain myself with scream part.


    Vocal legend....

    2. What is Love- Predebut single. Another vocal showcase. Really is there another rookie who can pull of that song? Show me I'll stan them. I love it, I don't know korean but I've listened so much I can (pretend to) sing along.


    3. History- I am a history supremacist. ı love it as much as I love monster. Maybe even more. I don't know. Also in the bridge when they show exo-m/exo-k. Isn't it the best moment...
    I want them to perform this song so much when they return from the military.

    I went round and round and came back here to start again
    Yeah, EXO-M, EXO-K – the future we are about to start – history

    That part makes me emotional.
    Every, every, every day, the history that I make

    4. Machine- I adore it like I said.

    5. Angel- a classic exo ballad. Harmonisations are heavenly.
    A song dedicateed to exo-ls. They sing it almost every year.
    2012

    2013

    2014-2015

    2016-2017

    2017-2018


    6. Two Moons-
    Gave us this:
    AYOO WADDUP KRİS
    AYYYYO WASSSUUUUP
    Roll like a buffalo

    I'm grateful. Listen some real music.
     
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    It's not live but the most iconic mama stage. It's like a demonic ritual

    Exo didn't climb so easily...
     
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    Exo really outsang the kpop industry in their debut. I have yet to see anyone attempt singing MAMA or what is love
     
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    Actually they covered it in produce x, but they didn't have a choice
     
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    I don’t watch produce but those guys did really good.
     
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    i can’t believe i just discovered machine this year it’s a really good song
     
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    Baek's ending in what is love still f me up :)) it's been 6 years isnce I firts heard that song. I like Mama but it's not my favourite song from them obviously. Also History and Machine are nice. The others I have listen but not so much.
     
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