Every day until the end of March, we’ll highlight one of our favorite kpop boy group vocalists on a countdown to #1.
Smirking his way to the number 25 spot issss…
…D.O. of EXO!
I can’t help it, guys ,when I think of DO, I think of this video:
EXO is a true powerhouse when it comes to vocals, and they are as skilled at getting under D.O.’s skin as they are singing. Despite his near-constant suffering from the antics of his hyungs, D.O. always manages to blow me away with his talent.
On his own, D.O. has the perfect voice for R&B singing. He packs each and every note with emotional expression, and whether he’s crooning out low notes from his chest or moving into the higher register of his head voice, his tone never fails to be clear and resonant.
His style doesn’t just lend itself to R&B tracks. Just listen to EXO’s cover of Journey‘s soft rock classic Open Arms to get a feel for his versatility.
One of the most amazing things about EXO is how perfectly harmonized their vocals are when you consider the individual qualities of each member’s voice. Kai, Chen, Xiumin, Suho and Baekhyun all have very unique vocal textures. You’d think that they’d get in one another’s way and sound discordant when they come together.
I’d argue that D.O. is a big reason why their sound is so successful. To see what I mean, listen to the harmonic section in Tempo. Suho and Baekhyun do the bulk of the vocal work here. Their voices work well off of each other but when D.O. is added in the classic do-wop vibe they’re going for fully takes shape.
For another example, click to the drop in Call Me Baby around the 2:30 mark. Baekhyun, Kai and Chen’s voices layer on top of one another just fine but D.O.’s provides that final special something that turns it into a masterpiece.
EXO’s most famous songs wouldn’t be the same without his voice, and for that reason (and his resilience in the face of his crackhead hyungs), he’s found a spot on our list. Check out our mini D.O. playlist to hear him in action and come back tomorrow to meet #24.
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