D.O’s solo debut project ‘공감 (Sympathy)’ was official revealed on the official EXO twitter account, and will be released on July 26. The upcoming record will reportedly include a total of eight tracks, including six new songs along with two additional “bonus” tracks, per a report by Sports Dong-A.
디오, 첫 솔로 앨범 ‘공감’ 7월 26일 발매!
오늘부터 예약 판매 시작!
— EXO (@weareoneEXO) July 1, 2021
South Korean news outlet SpoTV News originally reported on June 25 that the EXO vocalist was preparing to release his first album sometime in July, per Soompi. His agency, SM Entertainment later responded to reports, confirming that he is “scheduled to release his first solo album in late July”.
D.O. previously released the song ‘That’s Okay’ for SM Entertainment’s ‘SM STATION’ project in 2019, as well as contributed tunes to the soundtracks of several South Korean television dramas. However, the upcoming project will be the singer’s first album as a soloist, nine years into his career with EXO.
Meanwhile, the boyband recently made their long-awaited comeback with a futuristic music video for ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’, the lead single from their special album of the same name. It also marked their first comeback to feature D.O. and fellow member Xiumin, since they completed their mandatory military service.
In a glowing four-star review, NME’s Natasha Mulenga praised EXO’s new single for its “uplifting vibe” in the age of COVID-19. She also called the five-track project a “seamless transition into the next phase of the boyband’s journey”.