Exo on Weekly Idol (8/14) (aka, Exo notes, August)

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This is the funnest fandom flail I’ve had in a while. A whiiiiiiile. So I guess, long overdue Exo notes-ish as part of a running commentary on Weekly Idol?

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Exo’s “Growl” practice video + choreography

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YOOOOOOO this is what I’ve been waiting forrrrrrrrrrrasdklf;jalskdfjalskdf. (Watch the practice video here.)

Overall I’m pretty indifferent about the song. There are some nice elements — the electric guitar, the chorus, the division of singing lines, Chanyeol’s rap break — but it’s not genius, and if you listen to it enough without watching the performance that goes with it, it gets boring pretty quickly.

But! Exo doesn’t need genius at this point. So far, they’ve been so esoteric a group that this is exactly the kind of radio-friendly, middling, run-of-the-mill dance track that they need to gain a bigger, more casual audience.

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Questions for SM Entertainment

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Dear SM Entertainment,

I’m a long-time listener of the mostly poop you guys release. Because I’ve been listening for so long and have spent so much time, money, and effort on your products, I had a couple of questions I was hoping you guys would be able to answer!

Is that all there is to f(x)’s comeback? Is it that hard for SM to show some understanding of cohesion? Is “don’t start something you can’t finish” that hard to wrap its head around? Does SM have no artistic standards? Does nobody in SM ever feel bored of their own shit?

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I Hear Your Voice, episodes 5 to 8

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I’m still enjoying “I Hear Your Voice,” but it’s beginning to feel a little unfulfilling to watch. The first quarter of this drama was satisfying and engaging. Now that it’s taken a much darker turn, I’m left wanting a lot more. There are many gaping holes of logic and it’s evident that the writers are trying to make the drama more than what it is — a romantic drama — by disguising it as a show about the law, and they just don’t have the breadth to do the law justice.

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Awooooooo!

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Two and a half weeks of close listening should be enough to write this, right?! I feel like I spent these two weeks half listening out of enjoyment and half listening in a mode of study and it’s time to put this post to bed so I can stop listening to the album altogether.

(JK, this album is really great, and you should listen to it now if you haven’t already.)

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