Growl Cont’d

Ah, the song that MC’s always say is their favorite. Seriously, on every show they go on when MC’s and other celebrities are asked what their favorite EXO song is they always say 으르렁. Some have danced with them to it.

Some have sung with them.

We’ve even previously posted on Sunday Funday on our Tumblr about a dad doing the rap from Growl on * Singing Battle *. It has become their unofficial signature song.

I could go on and on but what I’m really here to do is talk about the music, not the reactions to and around the song. (Although maybe Admin Pisces and I can do an experiment at some point about that…) So let’s get into the music.

**Warning: The following discourse is based solely on an aural analysis. Y’all already know how I feel about that…

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The song begins with an electronic keyboard plugin effect playing the beginning two notes of the vocal melodic line of the chorus repeatedly four times as if it were a skipping record. Following this , the entire vocal melodic line of the chorus is heard. Of course there is a steady, heavy beat. A finger snapping effect joins immediately after the introduction. Throughout the majority of the verses and the chorus, the vocal melodic line of the chorus is mirrored in the electronic keyboard effect. The melodic line only changes three times; when they sing these passage before going to the chorus,

EXO-M Version

[Lay]
Girl 我真想藏着你
Girl wo zhen xiang cangzhe ni
Girl I really want to hide you

[Kris]
藏着你
cangzhe ni
Hide you

[Lay]
藏在我的怀里住
Cang zai wo de huai li zhu
Hide you inside my embrace

[Kris]
I’m so serious

[Lay]
那些视线 让我有一点不开心
Naxie shixian rang wo you yidian bu kaixin
Those other people’s stares make me a bit unhappy

[Chen]
我真的快生气
Wo zhen de kuai sheng qi
I’m really getting mad

&

[Luhan]
Girl 在黑白世界里
Girl zai heibai shijie li
Girl in this black and white world

那样鲜艳和美丽
Nayang xianyan he meili
That fresh kind of beauty

看着你的眼睛 现在警报响起
Kanzhe ni de yanjing xianzai jingbao xiangqi
Looking at your eyes the alarm in my heart is sounding

EXO-K Version

[Suho]
아무도널 못보게
amudo neol motboge
So no one can see you

[Chanyeol]
절때
Jeolddae
Never

[Suho]
품에감추고싶어
pume gamchugo shipeo
Want to hide you in my arms

[Chanyeol]
I’m so serious

[Suho]
눈이 널보는
nuni neol boneun
Stares spotting you

시선들내안에일어나
shiseondeul nae ane ireona
A strong tornado

[Baekhyun]
거진소용도
geojin soyongdo
started in me

&

[Baekhyun]
흐린공간속에서
heurin gonggan sogeseo
In a foggy space

[D.O]
흐린공간속에서
heurin gonggan sogeseo
In a foggy space

[Baekhyun]
선명하게빛나는
seonmyeong hage bit naneun
Shining brightly

눈이부신성들내안에울리는
nuni bushin seongdeul nae ane ullineun
Glances targeted on you

[D.O]
경보울림소리
gyeong boullim sori
Warning growling in me beeps

during the rap

EXO-M Version

[Tao]
另一个狼在看这个女人
Ling yige lang zai kan zhege nuren
Another wolf is looking at this girl

你就是这么完美的女人
Ni jiushi zheme wanmei de nuren
You’re this perfect of a girl

多想抱抱你
Duo xiang bao bao ni
Oh how much I want to hug you

在怀里不放下
Zai huai li bu fangxia
I’d never let you go once you’re in my embrace

一分一秒过去
Yi fen yi miao guoqu
Every minute, every second that passes

我变得兄悍无常
Wo bian de xiong han wuchang
I become more aggressive and erratic

[Lay]
最后厉害的男人 得到女人香
Zuihou lihai de nanren dedao nuren xiang
In the end the strongest man will earn the girl

[Kris]
That’s right

[Lay]
难道真不能再有转环的机会
Nandao zhen buneng zai you zhuan huan de jihui
Is there really no more chance to turn around?

[Kris]
快回去结束了 你的结果是零了
Kuai huiqu jieshule ni de jieguo shi lingle
Just go home, it’s already over, your result is zero

[Xiumin]
如果想赢他的心
Ruguo xiang ying ta de xin
If you want to win her heart

先打败我再放电
Xian dabai wo zai fangdian
You have to defeat me first

EXO-K Version

[Chanyeol]
yeah

또다른늑대들이 볼새라
tto dareun neugdae deuri bol saera
Another wolf is coming

너무나완벽한내여자라
neomuna wanbyeoghan nae yeojara
My girl who’s so perfect

품속에부드럽게널안고
pum soge budeureobge neorango
Hug you in my arms softly

너만을위해 나는 난폭해지고
neomaneul wihae naneun nanpoghae jigo
I get violent just for you

[Kai]
결국엔 강한자가
gyeolgugen ganghan jaga
At the end the strongest

얻게되는미인
eodge doeneun miin
gets the beauty

자리가없으니까 그냥돌아가
jariga eobseu nikka geunyang doraga
No space for you here so just go back

가능성제로야
ganeung seong jeroya
Zero possibility

그러니까 그만봐
geureo nikka geumanbwa
so stop looking

[Sehun]
그녀를넘본다면
geu nyeoreul neombon damyeon
If you want her

나를먼저 넘어봐
nareul meonjeo neomeobwa
get over me first

and the section immediately following the rap section.

EXO-M Version

[Chen]
除了我们 全部删去
Chule women quanbu shan qu
Besides us, delete everyone from your mind

就是这样爱了
Jiushi zheyang aile
Let’s love this way

[Xiumin/Luhan/Lay]
留下了爱情 和我和你
Liu xiale aiqing he wo he ni
Keeping love, you and me

全停止运行
Quan tingzhi yunxing
Let’s stop running here

EXO-K Version

[D.O]
우리만큼하나둘씩
uri mankeum hana dul sshig
Erase everything

지워버리잖아
jiwo beori janha
but us two

[Suho/Baekhyun/Chen]
너하나고나만 여기남아
neo hanago naman yeogi nama
You and I just stay here

멈춰진듯이
meomchwojin deushi
like we stopped

The form of the instrumentation of this song is A’ A B A A B A C D A. Take note that sections B, C and D are the aforementioned areas that deviate from using the vocal melodic line of the chorus as an accompaniment.

The vocals…..

That “Sexy” at the beginning, and we know who said it now. I’m looking at you EXO Leader, Suho.

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Okay, okay enough jokin’ (No I’m not). Once again there is an ebb and flow to the intensity given phrases. The verses and vamp following the rap are smooth and sweet-sounding, whereas the chorus and rap section are aggressive, with disjunct, enunciated syllables. It’s interesting that delivery makes all the difference in the world. For example, the difference in the trio during this section.

EXO-M Version

[Xiumin/Luhan/Lay]
留下了爱情 和我和你
Liu xiale aiqing he wo he ni
Keeping love, you and me

全停止运行
Quan tingzhi yunxing
Let’s stop running here

EXO-K Version

The trio in the EXO-K version while mellow, has warm undertones. The EXO-M version, on the other hand is more ethereal in delivery.

Now if you’ll excuse me, Admin Pisces and I have some music videos to watch.

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Video Credits: Marc Meyer  &  ATV K-Music Live KBS

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