EXO’s D.O. makes earnest confession of love through solo EP ‘Empathy’ – Album Review

by Asif Ali
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Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feeling of another. From the singer who gave us a song like ‘That’s Okay, it doesn’t come as a surprise that popular K-pop group EXO’s vocalist D.O. (Doh Kyung-soo) would give an album that shows the capability and emotion to understand another human being. Undoubtedly, one of the highly anticipated solo releases of 2021, D.O.’s first solo EP Empathy has won hearts worldwide. The album contains 8 tracks, each narrating a story unique to itself.

Prior to the EP release, in proper SM Entertainment fashion, teaser images and highlight medley for the album were released. The highlight medley video was no less than a short story itself. D.O. stuck to R&B and pop genre for his EP. The trilingual solo album is no less than an auditory and visual treat for the fans. With slice-of-life lyrics, to D.O.’s soft vocals, in addition to an animation-infused music video for ‘Rose’, D.O.’s Empathy has something for every kind of listener. The album was released on July 26, 2021.

The first four tracks of the album – ‘Rose’, ‘I’m Gonna Love You, ‘My Love’ and ‘It’s Love’ – present a love story. From the initial phase of feeling the emotions of love to being immersed in it, the songs are brimming with the emotion of romance. There comes a small leeway with the track ‘Dad’ which is like an ode to all the fathers. With I’m Fine, D.O. departs from the notion of romance and onto something very basic and human. The final track ‘Si Fueras Mia’ is a completely Spanish language track about romance.

Let’s take a deeper look at each of the eight tracks from D.O.’s solo EP Empathy.

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