Kpop music review

BTS Map of the Soul: Persona – Taking a Deeper Look into the Album

It took me a while to write this, mostly because I’ve been researching the heck out of this album. Not to mention I’ve had it on repeat.

The golden group of Kpop are also the kings of album concepts and hidden messages and this album is no exception.

Intro: Persona

RM starts the album in this hip-hop rap song. This song he questions who he is. Even after all these years he’s still trying to figure out his identity. RM exposes his doubts and fears and he is really honest with the listener. His honesty is what makes these lyrics so darn relatable. I think everyone shows a different “persona”, or side of themselves, to different people. Overall this is a great track to kickstart the album.

Boy With Luv

Boy With Luv is one of my top favorite tracks on this album. This song is dedicated to ARMY (their fans). It’s sweet, it’s fun, it’s catchy, it’s colorful. It gives a contrast to the album. Some songs are deeper in theme, but this song is a breath of fresh air. They show love towards their fans by asking the little things about their day.

With Halsey being part of the song and mv, BTS could’ve made this track all English with heavy western influence. But instead Halsey accommodated to BTS. She sang their lyrics, she danced to their choreography. She didn’t take anything away from the group, instead she joined them. I think she is a good representation of the fans.

By the way, here’s my reaction:

Mikrokosmos

My top favorite track (well…it’s tied with Boy With Luv). I love everything about this song. The melody and vocals are superb. There’s something about this song that is slightly emotional, not sure if it’s the melody, vocals or the lyrics.

Out of all the songs this one holds my favorite message. It is based off of microcosm, that everyone has a world within them. In this song BTS compares everyone to stars.

My favorite part (this is translated in English, I got it from Genius).

“One history in one person, one star in one person, 7 billion different worlds shining with 7 billion lights.”

Mikrokosmos -BTS (lyrics translated from Genius)

Also the part when they sing “You got me….I got you.”, is one of my favs as well. Overall it’s sweet and it’s an absolute beautiful song. It’s a gem.

Make it Right

The trumpet-synth track is one of my favorite elements in this song. BTS sings/raps about going back to the basics, going back to “you”. I believe you is another reference for the fans.

One of my favorite lyrics from the song (again this is the English translation):

“I became a hero in this world. The loud screams that seek me out. My hand, trophy and a gold microphone, all day, everywhere. But all of this is about reaching you. it’s the answer to my journey…”

Make it Right – BTS (lyrics translated from Genius)

Home

Home isn’t a place, it’s wherever a person is. This is another song BTS dedicated for the fans. Despite BTS’ fame and the craziness of their career, BTS will always consider ARMY their home. I personally loved when Suga mentions in the lyrics “big house, big cars, big rings” which is a reference to one of their older songs, “No More Dream”.

I think BTS should get an award just for “Best album written for fans.”

Jamais Vu

The opposite to the definition of deja vu. Jamais Vu is when something that’s usually familiar to you becomes unfamiliar.

This is another song that showcases BTS’ honesty and vulnerability. Jungkook, Jin and J-Hope open up about their flaws and insecurities. Many celebrities hide the pain of being in the “lime-light” and the pressure that comes with it, especially in Kpop. But BTS doesn’t sugarcoat it.

Some of my favorite lyrics are:

“It’d be better if it was a game because it hurts so much. I need to heal my medic but I’m another star. Blame myself since I was imperfect. Brake in my head, brake in my step, always. All I wanted was to do well. I wanted to make you smile…

I’m fine but I’m not fine. I told myself I was used to it. It always hurts like it’s the first time.”

Jamais Vu – (lyrics translated from Genius)

Dionysus

Listening to this song the first time made my jaw drop. Especially that high note Jin hits towards the end. This song is a mix of everything. Rap, Hip-Hop, Rock, you name it…it’s probably mixed in this song somewhere.

I like the reference they have to Dionysus, the god of wine and harvest, someone who would make everyone dance with his music. Basically this is a metaphor for BTS.

In the song, instead of drinking alcohol they get drunk on art. I think this song shows their stage persona.

Final thoughts on this album…

From the first song to the last one we see a range of who BTS is. We hear them sing about their flaws, their doubts, their fears. But they also share their genuine love and passion for their fans and their music.

Overall, this album was great. Musically it takes a couple of listens to really get into the songs. But once you understand the lyrics each song comes to life and makes them 100% better.

Good job BTS and everyone who helped make this album happen.

-EliMarie

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