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BTS’ latest album does not disappoint

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Love Yourself: The physical copy comes with a poster and photo album with two hidden tracks.

Love Yourself: The physical copy comes with a poster and photo album with two hidden tracks.

Karla Gutierrez

Karla Gutierrez

Love Yourself: The physical copy comes with a poster and photo album with two hidden tracks.

Karla Gutierrez, Photo Editor

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BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond the Scene, has been growing worldwide with their top hits such as, “DNA” and “Mic Drop,” and their flashy choreography is another thing that does not go unnoticed. I can’t forget that they also have their huge “A.R.M.Y” (fans) backing them up. They recently released a new album late last year called, “Love Yourself: Her,” which features two hidden tracks if a person orders the physical copy. The physical copy also comes with a poster, a photo album, and two collector cards as well.

BTS is a Korean boy group that contains seven members. They all have different role in the group. For instance, Jimin is one of the four main singers and dancers. Another example is Suga, who is one of three rappers and is one of the composers of the group. Most of the members incorporate their own style into composing.

I listened to this album three times as soon as I received it in the mail. The first time, I listened to it was to get the sense of what the songs were going to sound like since I do not speak Korean. After that, I listened to the album while reading the English translation of the lyrics, which then got me more intrigued into the songs. The last time, I actually did some research of what the lyrics meant to the boy band themselves.

RM, who is the leader and rapper of the group, talked with Billboard where he mentioned that the order of how the songs are aligned has a story to it. For example, he said that they included their BBMA (Billboard Music Award) speech before their song “Mic Drop” because they knew that in that moment, they revolutionized K-Pop and have made it worldwide known artists. They don’t need to prove anything to anyone from that point forward. What I did like about this album is that they talk about their own insecurities and the serious events that are occurring in society today.

One example is the song “GoGo” which explains that society leaves the young generation to have no choice other than living without a care in the world and putting their life to waste. RM referred to the lyrics as if someone were to spend $30 on a claw crane machine and later realizing that they spent it all on that machine without any regrets. That is where the phrase “YOLO” comes in the song. One of the hidden tracks, “Sea,” essentially is a reflection of how they used to be looked down upon by the big world of K-Pop and how people did not believe that they would make it until they finally proved that they are worthy of being successful. At the same time, they did not feel satisfied because even if they were receiving rewards and getting publicity, they felt like they should be setting the bar even higher.

They recently finished their WINGS World Tour this past December where they traveled to four different continents. They came to North America where the performed at Chicago, Anaheim, and Newark, with only five concerts around the United States and sold out all of them. They are currently touring in Korea for this new album and are making and an appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at Los Angeles in March.

I would recommend this album to people, even if they do not speak Korean or like K-Pop because their songs, throughout the album, always change and have deep meanings. For instance, the album starts with a slow song, “Intro: Serendipity”, and then it transitions into “DNA” which is a very swell song. BTS’ music can be enjoyed by all age groups.

5 out of 5 Stars

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7 Responses to “BTS’ latest album does not disappoint”

  1. steph on January 24th, 2018 10:56 pm

    The average age for fans of BTS in mid thirties. Most bts fans are in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. One of the best things about the fans is how wide the age range is with fans from many backgrounds. Also we are gaining a lot of male fans.

  2. Mingchu, lin on January 25th, 2018 2:57 am

    There concert is incredible, One a song call born singer of the past of their hardsift just make me 😢

  3. joyous-sunshine on January 27th, 2018 6:32 am

    Thank you for your sincere review of the boys’ album! I think you really captured all that makes the boys special. I just wished you touched on how diverse their fans are, which shows how meaningful their raw lyrics are.

  4. TaeTaeTrash on January 28th, 2018 3:08 pm

    Thank you for a great, heartfelt, thoughtful article on my NEW FAVORITES who really do deserve all the best of everything. I really enjoyed your article, and appreciated your efforts to highlight how their music transcends genres, languages, age groups, and demographics. They may have started out as a Voice of Their Generation and their earliest advocates may have been the Millennials. True. But now they belong to the whole world, and to the wide cross section of people everywhere.

    I myself am in my 50s, and I have always considered BOYBANDS as the great evil to be eradicated ever since I first heard of the concept back in the early 80s when Menudo were sweeping certain sectors of the American populace. I was then into Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

    Then came New Edition, who were rather decent, but it wasn’t my scene. I was then into The Clash, Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, New Order. At best it was a respectful MEH for me. When Backstreet Boys and NSyNC arrived on the scene, I was all There goes the MTV neighborhood!!!!! Eradicate! Eradicate! I thought they were so uncool and cheesy. Some of the other acts that followed them were even tone deaf, and their forced harmonizing gave me the willies. By now I was into Morrissey and Leonard Cohen, and deeply into lyricism.

    When I first happened upon BTS I was less than thrilled although impressed. They were a bunch of little boys striking a pose and acting tough and complaining about stuff (my generation did quite a bit of that and a lot more outrageously). And I was a grown woman of carefully cultivated taste … and I couldn’t relate. But I did note the amazing Visuals and the SHEER TALENT on these beautiful boys. The voice. The high quality production all around. The presence. The star quality. The force ambition coming through the focused eyes of RM, whom I now know as Sexy NamJoon The Snack. I took a mental note, and hoped they would give me something to chew on.

    That was a MISTAKE because I had only surface-explored these Serious Artists … and FAILED to realize that AT THAT TIME they already DID offer me plenty to chew on with their earlier tracks that I would have totally gotten into and addicted to. I had just mentally reduced them
    (from the popular youtube videos pushed into my view) to a TYPE too fast: hip-hop, rap, boyband, accomplished and high production end of k-pop but ultimately Not My Thing. It was a MISTAKE and I lost years of deep enjoyment of a group that is already LEGEND and that will grow into so much more, as they are really just getting into gear.

    Let me make this clear again. Even their Juvenalia is great. Even for non lovers of hip-hop and rap. Plenty there. I would have found it out had I just given them a deeper look, and checked out their other tracks, the less rowdy tracks, the quieter rap segments, the addictive disco-infused pop songs, etc. I should have LISTENED to their lyrics which dealt with THE EXACT ISSUES OF MY HEART that I had been trying mightily to bring to the awareness of the World at large through my daily continuing struggles as a decades-long activist. They were voicing a smorgasbord of all my pet issues. (Thank you, BTS, my heroes)

    And then I saw the LIGHT …
    And my life has indeed changed.
    I feel like all my efforts through the past decades weren’t in vain.
    I feel like I am not alone in this deeply meaningful struggle.
    I am so much happier now in my daily quest to CHANGE the world.
    I know that The Kids Are Indeed Alright.
    I wake up smiling every morning and put on BTS and shriek in delight.
    Just like a teenybopper.
    It’s all BTS all the time for me now.

    Yeah, I do sneak in (so feels like cheating) a bit of Suede, Pulp, Blur, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Michael McDonald (whose voice reminds me of V aka TaeHyung) whom I had known of before but didn’t exactly DIG, and etc … but it’s basically BTS 24/7 … because they do fulfill most of my daily music needs because their offerings are so varied and interesting.

    I speak as a classical musician who has played 2 instruments in 3 orchestras, who has accompanied various choral acts on piano, who has sung on a nationally released album, and whose play list spans most continents and genres. This is not a fleeting thing. Every single day I am drawn even deeper into BTS and their sound. I love their wordcraft and turn of phrase and wordplays. I love their honesty. I love their maturity and grace. I love their courage and guts.

    I have seen big acts come and go.
    Often from the front row and center of the mosh pit.
    And I really do think this is THE NEXT BIG THING that we’ve been talking about.
    Sorry, Terence Trent D’Arby.
    Yep. My memory is looooong.
    And I am a cranky snob.
    And BTS is here to stay and to slay.

    This is REAL and this is BIG and this is only going to GROW AND GROW.
    They have already changed the k-pop industry and will keep on doing it.
    They have already changed the global Music industry and marketing.
    In this post-Napster era, they have SHOWN the way forward for starving musicians.
    The game is back on now.
    Music, revive yourself.
    We’ve missed you so much.
    I do remember when Music was a series of Big Events. As big as LIFE itself.

    I feel that now. Again.

    Thank you, BTS.

  5. J on February 1st, 2018 2:45 am

    Wow I really enjoyed your response to the article and your love for the boys. I too am an older gal who’s fallen for their charismatic style, visuals, voices and stage presence. I’ve been hooked since Dark and Wild. Love all their music but this album speaks to me.

    Anyway just glad to see someone else my age enjoying their music. By the way, I fangirl over them like I did New Edition!

  6. Heartfingers212 on February 19th, 2018 9:21 am

    I loved your response. If you aren’t already on Twitter, there are some good discussions there. Follow @undercover_pop.

  7. ... on February 13th, 2018 12:27 am

    Its not beyond the scene tho.

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