BTS ‘Love Yourself 轉: Tear’ (album review)

Ash's Music Reviews

 

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Consisting of 7 members (V, Jungkook, Jimin, Suga, Jin, R-M and J-Hope) BTS have been active since their well-recognised debut back in 2013. With a dedicated fan base known as ‘ARMY’ and 2 Billboard Awards under their belt (the first K-Pop group to reach this feat), its no wonder that many have experienced active BTS fever. With solid in-group writing and infectious band chemistry, BTS are more than your average music group, they are a group with sheer humbleness, working power and sheer talent projected to all that listen to them recognising their star power from the get-go actively.

BTS’s ‘Love Yourself 轉: Tear’ released on the 18th of May 2018.

As BTS said in an interview with Chelsea Briggs of Billboard.com on the album’s title:

“We’re trying to say that if you, in love, when you’re not true to yourself, the love won’t last, because love is complex and we always have the dark sides and the sad sides.”- RM (BTS’s Group Leader)

Having spawned one single from the album already (to critical and commercial acclaim), BTS has shown us early on that they are game changers in their own right. With their chameleon-like ability to mould into various genres, absorb complex dance steps and keep crowds swooning over them with their charm. They are South Korea’s biggest asset at the moment in the world of K-Hip Hop and RnB.

Well received single

The first single Fake Love (off their latest album) has already been watched the most times in Vietnam and has amassed a very impressive viewership of 123 million views (YouTube.com) in less than 3 weeks of surfacing on the internet. These numbers themselves prove the longevity and demand of BTS, further showing that demand for them won’t slow down for a while as it keeps going up at a rapid pace.

Overall Fake Love, (a poetic track narrating love, loyalty and chance encounters) has an equally impactful music video to go along with it. It will certainly keep rising on the charts with its solid writing (from BTS) and well thought out narrative.

 

On the whole Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ is an audio-based letter to their fans appreciating all of their support, love and devotion to the band itself. With a wide variety of instrumentation and genres explored within the album, Tear is less formulaic and more unique in its delivery when compared with other world hip-hop and rap albums. Further boosted by each band members own unique delivery, persona and stage presence Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ is an album that won’t escape your ears for a long time, adding to its general longevity and appreciation from the masses alike.

Ashish’s Attics Rating: ****

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Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ is available now via Big Hit Entertainment

*Album Cover: BTS Album Official Cover Art

References

1. allkpop. 2018. BTS start a mysterious countdown on their website. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.allkpop.com/article/2017/09/bts-start-a-mysterious-countdown-on-their-website. [Accessed 18 June 2018].

2. Youtube/ibighit. (2018). BTS (방탄소년단) ‘FAKE LOVE’ Official MV. [Online Video]. 18 May 2018. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C2z4GqqS5E. [Accessed: 18 June 2018].