Finally… EXO ARE BACK! And yes, you’ve guessed it, I am very excited!
Honestly, I’m a little confused with Lay’s involvement with this comeback. Initially SM had released an announcement saying he was only going to be a part of the Chinese version but there is, looking all sexy in the teaser. So I’m confused! I could talk forever about Lay and the whole China/Korea thing that’s unfortunately happening at the moment but this isn’t that kind of review.
Am I ready for this? Hmm….no, I’m not. I will apologise in advanced for the craziness that may ensue. Purely depending on if biases keep their clothes on, I’ll try to stay calm!
The intro is heavy electronic but has really weird timing during Chen’s vocals. I can hear some serious harmonies happening as well which is a surprise. This whole first section is giving me PENTATONIX vibes and I’m super interested on how much they’re going to use this harmony thing.
I think it’s hilarious they’re trapped in a cube again! What, they didn’t learn anything from “Overdose”? FOOLS!
It sounds a little slower than I thought it would but as soon as the first chorus hits I know I’m in for a ride. The hook is really catchy, the set looks amazing and the choreography, as usual, is on point. But–
IS KAI WEARING A CROP I CANNOT AGAIN JESUS!!!
I don’t even mind all the mullets here. I’m kind of into it…but they need to go. Quickly.
The chorus sounds a little empty instrumentally at times but there’s a weird bed spring sound in the background which is annoying me. I dislike that sound a lot anyway so I’m a little iffy about it right now. It is giving me some 90s vibes though.
Xiumin’s section is SO WEIRD!! I don’t know why they decided to use this demonic effect on his voice but it’s strangely not taking anything away from the song at all. I almost feel like I’m drawn in… I’m curious to see what’s going to happen next.
SEHUN’S AT THE START OF A SOOOOOOOONG!!!!!
His voice is super deep, he looks like perfection and his frowny face is doing something to me – BIAS PAHLEASE!!!! This section is giving me some serious Exodus vibes with the heavy electro-pop sound.
OMG IS SEHUN STILL GOING?! WHY IS HIS PART SO LONG?!
Suho’s greasy middle-parted hair is a good look for him. It almost makes him look a little fuck-boy and I’m into it.
I don’t know what’s happening in this MV at all! Like, what the hell is happening?! Oh well, I don’t care that much. JUST KEEP SINGING, KINGS!
OMG CHANYEOL’S CONTACTS!! Wow, they’re so light it’s creepy when matched with his black hair. But wasn’t he supposed to have grey hair?????? And yes, I sure as hell can hear him singing so don’t you worry about that!!
THE CHORUS HAS CHANGED!!!
I can’t think of any specifics right now but I’m sure the chorus sounds different this time around….
Wait, was that Chanyeol’s only part?! That was super short, what the hell?
D.OOOOOOOOOOOO!!! AHH I MISSED HIM!!! HE LOOKS SO HANDSOME!!!!!!!!
Wow, this review is going to be super long – I’m only 1 minute and 24 seconds in haha
URGH KILL THAT CHOREO KYUNGSOO!!
OH, they used that same demonic noise for Baekhyun’s part. He was actually super far into the song. I did hear his runs at the start but I haven’t really heard him or noticed his presence until now. It looks like he has his “Call Me Baby” hair!
Chanyeol’s back! AND SO IS HIS GREY HAIRR!!!
The glitchy effects are really cool. It matches with the overall direction of the MV but it also relates to the ‘cube’ concept.
The vocals in the background are killing me! So beautiful!
ARGH THAT FUCKING CHORUS CHANGED AGAIN AND I FEEL SOME 90s R&B VIBES WOW THE GOOSEBUMPS!!!!
OMG I SAW LAY WTF?!
This bridge is really nice! Kyungsoo, I can hear youuuu!
The piano part gave me goosebumps! When Kai hit that last key I screamed out loud for the 100th time since the MV started.
OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW??? Where did the music go? It just stopped…
UMMM ARE THEY DOING AN ACAPELLA BRIDGE RIGHT NOW?
Or is it a different chorus?
OMG WHAT ARE THEY DOING?!
FUUUUUCK THIS IS A DAMN BRIDGE!!!! AN ACAPELLA BRIDGE!!!! I HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS IN MY ENTIRE 28 YEARS OF LIFE!!!!
WHAT. IS. HAPPENING.
Ugh the background vocals!!!!!
OMG my goosebumps won’t leave me!!!
Whoever this man is….cool. Maybe, along with the cube in his hand, he can collect my dead body as well.
I need a break.
Ok, I’ve calmed down now. I’m okay… but I’m not.
I don’t know WHAT I just watched or heard but FUCK do I love!
There’s so many amazing things about this song, I can’t pick anything I didn’t like. Honestly, this song is the closest thing to perfection I’ve heard all year.
Not. Even. Joking.
I love me some EXO title tracks but tend to be a little meh about their electro-pop songs. This song does technically fit under that genre as well but because of the rollercoaster of beat changes, music variety and the vocal progressions….this bitch is happy!
K-Pop songs cater to either their vocal or rap lines – EXO songs tend to drift towards their vocal. Which makes sense – their vocal line are the best out there, in my opinion. But I’m finding this song to be strong vocally AND rap-wise. The rap verses were great and a lot longer than I was expecting. I don’t know who Sehun thought he was but go off, I guess!
This song is so amazing. I have no more words to say.
What did you all think of “Tempo”? Let me know down below or leave me a message on Twitter!
Sorry about the hectic-ness of this review. Clearly I was having a difficult time!!!