Release Date: April 11, 2012

Track Listing

  1. MAMA
  2. What Is Love
  3. History
  4. Angel
  5. Two Moons feat. Key
  6. Machine


EXO is a 12 member Korean/Chinese boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2011. They are separated into sub-groups EXO-K (Korean) and EXO-M (Mandarin) which allows them to promote their music simultaneously in Korea and China.

This group has been one of the most hyped new groups in K-Pop. SM Entertainment has done a lot to get the salivating K-Pop fan all jacked up and hyped for them through flashy teaser trailers and the singles What Is Love, History and the self-titled song from this album.

The question is whether all that effort was worth it or was it all a waste of time?

That’s hard to say. What is on this EP very much follows the standard SM formula so if you’ve heard any boy band out of that camp you should have a good idea of what to expect here. Is that a positive or negative? That would depend on how you feel about the music coming out of SM at the moment.

What is on MAMA is rather formulaic but with the exception of Two Moons everything is perfectly consumable. I’m all for adding some Hip-Pop flavor but perhaps Two Moons would have been better as an instrumental. The beat is hot, the rapping is not.

Since this album is being promoted in Korea and China it comes in two versions and if you can’t figure out the significant difference between the two? Well..

In the end this was a decent album. Nothing more, nothing less. Some who bought wholesale into the hype might walk away disappointed but let’s be honest here, the majority will love this until the next boy band comes around to replace these guys when their 15 minutes is up or mandatory military service takes them out of the idol game.


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  1. For a group who has had hype around them for a while and also has a few members who have been around for as long as 6 years training, their live performances are a joke. The biggest problem I have with them is their concept in “Mama” is way over the top. That type of song and concept is something an artist does a few years down the line. If they try to start of at this type of plateau, how are people suppose to accept them if they release a cookie cutter/r&b love song next (which will definitely happen)?

    • I have yet to see one of their live performances but I am interested to see if they are as big of a train wreck as you make them out to be.

      I’m thinking with EXO SM is thinking “go big or go home” and MAMA is definitely something that follows that motto. And I think they have already released a cookie cutter R&B song with What Is Love.

      Whether it’s straight downhill after premature musical ejaculation will depend on how SM manages to keep the hype behind this group going once the honeymoon phase with fans ends.

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