Another week, another unboxing post. It probably was about time I talked about an EXO album, since EXO is actually one of the first South Korean bands I got into at the very beginning of 2015.
The story of how I discovered this particular band starts with the 2014 MAMA Awards, when I first saw Oh Sehun during the performance of Born Hater by Epik High and all the other artists that were sharing a stage with them. I remember that the EXO K member caught my eye, and that was the moment I knew I wanted to know his name and if he is part of any South Korean band.
I had to do a little research, I read a lot of comments from that performance video on YouTube, but I finally found out his name and from there it was easy to figure out what band he belonged to. And that’s when and how I started listening to EXO.
Well, the truth is I actually started watching all their MVs, because I wanted to see more of Sehun. Sehun got me into EXO, so it seemed like it was fair enough to buy his version of EXODUS.
I usually don’t watch unboxing videos before buying any merch or album. I said usually because there are times when there are two versions of that particular album, and I am torn between them. It’s a good way to decide which one to buy, but then again most of the times you figure out that both versions are great and the best way to go would be to just get them both, if you can afford that.
I like to be surprised, so I just patiently wait for my merch to come from South Korea. Let’s face it, it’s a lot nicer to open your package and not know what’s inside, rather than to open it and put the album on the desk, since you already know how the photo book looks like.
For the EXODUS album I went with the surprise, I didn’t even know that the photo book was all Sehun photos, and a sprinkle of EXO’s leader Suho. Not that I am complaining, Suho is my bias list ruiner and I was actually thrilled when I figured that out.
All the photos in the photo book are so pretty and Sehun made me remember why he was my ultimate bias a long time before discovering BTS and all the other bands and artists I know by now.
I have to say that I just love the fact that almost all the pictures from the photo book are black and white, I always felt like black and white photography has a certain charm. For me, black and white photos look a lot more elegant and beautiful, but that’s just how I feel.
This Sehun version of the album was actually pretty hard to find, since it’s sold out on almost all the places that sell k-pop albums and merch. I started my search on all the South Korean websites, then I went to eBay and Amazon, to finally find Sehun’s Korean version on this one online store from UK, Kuuru Pop.
I will tell you more about this store in another post. I was happy to find an online Korean merch store from Europe that ships to Romania, and has almost all the albums one could wish for.
I really wanted the Korean version, since I liked the cover more that the one that came with the Chinese version.
I assume both versions have the same photos of Sehun, but truth is I just had my heart set on this particular version. And of course, the fact that thi version was so hard to find made me want it even more.
I also liked that the Korean version comes with a golden cover, but then again, I am not saying no to ever getting the Chinese version as well. I would also like to have Lay’s version of the photo book, or Baekhyun’s, but for the moment I am all set with Sehun.
For the Korean version I feel like Sehun’s cover is the prettiest, but for the Chinese version I would go with Lay, since the picture on the cover is my favorite picture of him. That boy sure knows how to rock a turtleneck and ruin my bias list all over again.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t just buy all the versions if I had the money to, I am pretty sure all the photo books are just as awesome as the one that comes with the Sehun version of EXODUS.
I honestly have soooo many albums on my wish list but I have to admit that, with all the new ones being released almost every month and all the other cute official merch, it seems really hard to complete my South Korean music collection anytime soon.
For the moment I should just be thankful and say that I am really happy I finally got a chance to add an EXO album to my collection.
I told you before that I recently changed the furniture in my room and I actually designed it myself. That gave me the opportunity to also include a special shelf for my Korean merch collection, and all the other non-korean music albums I own.
Favorite song from the album: Transformer.
What version of this album would you like to get?