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EXO’s Baekhyun Drops Dark R&B Debut Album City Lights

Baekhyun from K-pop group EXO has made his debut as a solo artist with the release of City Lights. The six-track EP takes an R&B route, highlighting his smooth vocals and charisma.

The title track “UN Village” is an enticingly smooth alt-R&B number. The seductive track invites someone to spend time with him romantically and lie under the moonlight at “Hannam-dong UN Village Hill.” UN Village Hill is known as an upscale neighborhood in Seoul. “You and me, relax and chillin’,” he croons in English.

The music video takes on an old-school cinematic feel with certain scenes reflected in black and white. We see the crooner taking a stroll around the titular neighborhood, as his expressive laid-back attitude complements the groovy tune extremely well.

The second track, “Stay Up,” continues the alluring R&B content and features rapper Beenzino. Complete with lyrics such as “tell me how you want it, tell me how you need it,” the sensual track is another impressive display of the K-pop singer’s vocal range.

“Betcha” is an upbeat, tropical number that’s already a fan favorite. Lyrically, Baekhyun is as confident as ever as he tries to win over a potential lover. No doubt fans will be jamming to this song throughout the summer. “Betcha, we are destiny; I’m gonna getcha,” he sings.

“Ice Queen” once again dives into a laid-back, sultry R&B territory as he sings about melting your heart. In “Diamond” the versatility of his vocal range is on full display with his crooning falsetto. The melodies in this jazzy synth-pop song are also a standout. The EP closes with the future bass dance track “Psycho.” The intense and dark production of the song suits the lyrical content as we definitely get the feeling that he’s a bit unhinged. “As you can see, I’m dangerous / Come close, I need you / My head feels like it might burst,” he sings in Korean.

Whether or not you were expecting this type of music from the K-pop star, it’s certainly worth keeping up with Baekhyun as a solo artist, as he continues to develop his artistic style and sound. The main vocalist of EXO showcases a relaxed side with this album through an ambient production and undeniably smooth vocals to match.

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Featured Image: SM Entertainment

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