An impressive debut from one of the brightest stars in the pop galaxy...
'Antares'

Chinese-Canadian singer, actor and model Kris Wu first found fame as part of phenomenally successful boyband Exo, but in recent times he’s proven to be a solo force to be reckoned with as his collaboration with Rich The Kid - 'Coupe' - soared into the Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart. Now he comes back with his first full-length album ‘Antares’.

The 14-track debut album - which features a mix of both English and Mandarin tracks - includes prior releases including ‘Freedom’ ft Jhene Aiko and ‘Deserve’ ft Travis Scott, as well as showcases the singer’s talent with an array of new songs.

Starting with the mellow vibes of ‘November Rain’ his debut album starts off strong with this sing-song melody before ‘Coupe’ ft Rich The Kid makes an appearance. What follows this collaboration is a track that personally remains a stand-out, ‘Tough Pill’, which leaves you grooving and reaching for the repeat button.

But the pace of the album slows as tracks, ‘We Alive’ and ‘Selfish’, both end up sounding like the same track split into two. But prior releases like ‘Freedom’ and ‘Deserve’ - both popular for good reason - breathe some life back into the rapidly stagnating offering.

The album still has standout moments as the singer manages to showcase his vocal range with the feathery light delivery of ‘Explore’, which is followed by feel good track ‘Like That’. The album closes out with pop-esque track ‘Hold Me Down’, which comes in two versions; Mandarin and English. An area that remains constantly weak within the album is the lyricism, which sometimes renders the well-made music a bit bland.

But overall, Wu’s debut is an obvious departure from the singer’s Exo days as he explores new sounds. 'Antares' – as revealed by Wu himself - is one of the brightest stars in the galaxy. And with what appears to be an impressive debut, he establishes his potential to definitely be one of the brightest stars of his generation.

7/10

Words: Malvika Padin

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