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Exo’s “Overdose”

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I expected worse.

I really like the concept, styling, and how it goes with the song. Everyone’s griping about the white blouses, but I like how they look like highly stylized straitjackets, which goes with a song that’s about addiction and trying to find a cure. (“Someone call the doctor, I need that girl.”)

Putting aside whether or not the listener should be romanticizing this kind of love, I like that the song is dark(er) and that there’s this unhinged quality to the singer, who has a dramatic and urgent obsession. He’s a flawed hero, if that, with his shades of megalomania and narcissism. (“Oh she wants me, oh she’s got me, oh hurts me.”)

But I dig it, I dig everything from the song to the presentation. The song beckons you to come in at the beginning … into the mental asylum where its reigning overlord is your song’s protagonist/antagonist. I love the way the verses build up before going into the chorus — the “Oh she wants me” verses are so striking — then the chorus actually tries to say something and doesn’t rely at all on one word/two words/three syllable hooks.

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