BTS (aka Bangtan Sonyeondan, Bangtan Boys, Beyond The Scene, Boys That Slay and all kick-ass names you can think of) finally dropped their much-anticipated music video last September 18, after months of agony ARMYs have experienced along the wait. It was an exciting ride nonetheless; for BTS had been feeding ARMYs with tweets, posters, highlight reels days (and weeks) before their comeback.
I’ve yet to receive the album I’ve pre-ordered through their official site; however, I’ve finished listening to the full album as soon as it became available on iTunes. I just needed to hear it ASAP. Also, since my Korean is almost non-existent, I took the effort to check out on Youtube the English subs and Romanization of each song. So here I am now, wanting to share all my thoughts about the whole album.
But first, let me just get this out there… I FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!
ARMYs have already heard this song before the tracklist was dropped. Thanks to it being the INTRO for the album, a Comeback Trailer MV featuring Jimin was released on September 4.
It was the first time that someone from the vocal line was featured and I can’t help but think how perfect Jimin looked in the MV. The video itself was aesthetically pleasing to watch and adding Jimin, with his angelic blonde hair, makes everything more beautiful. The dominant yellow color and blue hues against the neutral backdrop is just too appealing for all my senses. Jimin’s voice fits the song perfectly. It is a pretty chill and relaxing song, and I’ve played it too many times to count. My favorite part of the song was where he sang 넌 내 푸른 곰팡이 (You are my blue mold/penicillin) at 1:14. The melody and Jimin’s voice is just overall perfection.
This is BTS’ Title Track, and I was at work when the MV was released last September 18.
As a title track, it took me a few listens to really get down to it. I find the sound entirely different from their previous releases, which I know isn’t a bad thing because they always try something new with every comeback and we have their albums to prove it, it kind of left me wondering the first time if it’s a good Title track or not. Don’t get me wrong, the song itself isn’t bad, it’s just me questioning if it was a great Title track. Nevertheless, I love all of V’s parts in this song (not that I am biased, but yes he’s my UB) and I really appreciate that he was singing in his natural voice. And Jin! We finally get to hear Jin sing more lines and have more solo shots in the MV. I’m pretty sure a lot of Jin stans are very happy.
BEST OF ME
The song they’ve collaborated with The Chainsmokers.
I find this collaboration a great success. Best of Me is an excellent BTS song, and you can definitely hear the influence of The Chainsmokers in the beats and melody as you listen to it. Though I’m not a huge fan of The Chainsmokers, they do have songs that I really love and made me look forward to a lot more of BTS’ collaborations with other artists. If this song is any indication, ARMYs would hear more great music from BTS.
Vocal Line in their element. Probably my favorite song from the vocal line second to House of Cards (because that song is just sexy af). The line distribution for this song is so satisfying, and the song itself is very catchy. Of course, I can’t get over the fact that they’re able to create “illegirl” and use it in their lyrics – only BTS can do that.
That Dimple is illegal (ille-gal)
No, it’s dangerous, oh yes
So I call you illegirl (ille-gal)
Your existence alone is a crime
Before I heard this song, I’ve already seen a lot of tweets saying that this was BTS’ diss song to ARMYs. Of course, dissing ARMYs is never a good idea unless you want to dig your own grave, but BTS is the only one who can diss ARMYs and get away unscathed. In fact, ARMYs find it so sweet and endearing that BTS would create such a song. Yes, I know… it’s weird and funny but cool for us ARMYs.
Anyway, after I’ve heard the song for myself and seen the lyrics, I don’t think it’s a diss song at all – it’s a SEDUCTION SONG! Don’t believe me? See these lines….
You’re not being punished
Come here, I’m your paradise
Can’t close your eyes (2x)
You can throw a fit, but it’s no use (Don’t reject me)
Just close your eyes, tune your ears
And that is only a small part of the lyrics. Probably the reason why I’ve seen someone (fan of another group) who is trying her best to petition the banning of this song and BTS – I would love to post the receipt for this claim, but I cannot find the tweet anymore. Will do a screenshot if ever it still exists because last I saw it, ARMYs are everywhere in the comment section.
SKIT: BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS SPEECH
The iconic speech of Bangtan’s great leader Kim Namjoon. Why am I not surprised that they’ve included this on the album? One of the things I love with BTS albums are the Skits, and I must say that their Billboard moment is the perfect Skit to add in their new album. Pretty cool actually.
Now, this is a BTS Song! I knew this song would be my jam the first time I heard it. I even wished Mic Drop was the title track after hearing it – I was that in love with the song and I have not even seen the English lyrics yet. The song just gave me this visual image of a sexy Bangtan and with kick-ass choreography. Well, I wasn’t far off the mark on that one because in their first Comeback Stage they performed Mic Drop and it was LIT!!! I can’t stop (internally) screaming!!! It’s pure perfection – the outfits, the choreography, the stage, the camera works, the boys themselves! I knew MIC Drop is THAT song and I just can’t stop playing it!
Take note: this song also has the perfect line distribution among the members.
Loosely translated as “Rather than worry, Go”, but mostly known as Go Go, is another one of those songs with a very catchy tune. The YOLO YOLO YOLO part sticks to you the same way it did for me with BST’s (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) WONHE MANHI MANHI. I also adore its’ fun lyrics of spending earned money while still young and not to worry too much and have fun. BTS also performed this song in their Comeback Stage, and I was really caught by surprise by the choreography. I never expected it to be cute, fun and full of memes. This is like the 21st Century Girls of this album. I have a feeling that this would be the song they would do a Halloween dance version of and I just knew it would be full Bangtan fun!
If the vocal line has their song, so does the Rap line. The song was co-produced by our genius Suga and is the perfect Outro for this album since the album is basically named HER. The song reminds me so much of the classic BTS sound – somewhat School Love Affair Era if I’m right, and I believe ARMYs who have been with BTS from the start would feel a little nostalgic with this classic tune.
So those are the main tracklist in the album. There are, of course, two hidden tracks that Rapmon mentioned and I’ve already heard both on Youtube. One was a Skit: Hesitation & Fear where BTS mentions they’re BBMAs win, they’re achievements, of how far they could go up and their fears of falling after reaching the top. It’s a very heartfelt conversation and I can’t help but admire them more. They are just so real to me and I never stanned a group as much as I do with BTS.
The next hidden track was called SEA, and it has the most soothing melody I could fall asleep with it on repeat. It was produced by Rapmon and said to be inspired by Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84” (I feel the need to check that book out). It’s also another of BTS’ songs where I feel is very personal and real – I guess that’s what differentiates BTS with other idols I’ve admired. BTS songs just felt more personal for me. You know that they have a hand and a say in every song they release and that makes their music so relatable.
As a whole, this album is a 100% BOP! The vocal line shone brightly in this album for me – Jin has the lines he deserves, Taehyung is no longer growling but is singing in his deep, natural voice, Jimin did the perfect Intro, and Jungkook is just overall the golden maknae that he is. Of course, I’m not going to forget the rap line because seriously they add the perfect spice to every song and are the embodiment of BTS’ sound.
After hearing the whole album, I also understood why they chose DNA as the Title track, despite me thinking that MIC Drop would have been a better choice – DNA has that fresh sound that is different from the rest of the songs. It’s a new and unique BTS sound and worthy of being the Title track on its own.
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