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K-pop septet BTS trade in their larger-than-life soundscapes and psychoanalytical concepts for something far simpler yet equally comforting on their fifth album 'BE'. With a universal message of upliftment that seeks bring some clarity into the chaos of 2020, the now- Grammy-nominated supergroup indicate the dawn of a new era with their latest. Opening with…

K-pop septet BTS trade in their epic soundscapes and psychoanalytical ideas for something far easier yet equally comforting on their 5th album ‘BE’. With a universal message of upliftment that looks for bring some clarity into the chaos of 2020, the now- Grammy-nominated supergroup suggest the dawn of a brand-new era with their most current.

Opening with introspective stylings of lead single ‘Life Goes On’, the band delves into their expect the future in an uncertain world as they deal with the results of the COVID-19 on their own strategies. The stripped- back offering swerves into a less-explored modest production that doesn’t load quite the same punch as the band’s previous outings, but its’ style of acknowledging and drawing from inner strength throughout hard times is precisely what the band’s fans require to hear from them.

There are heart-warming helpings of hope throughout the eight-track record, whether on ‘Fly To My Room’ featuring just four of the seven members– Suga, J-hope, Jimin and V– where they motivate individuals to concentrate on the intense side throughout these difficult times. They keep the mood light on the funky, creative ‘Telepathy’, which explores the connection of human hearts and minds regardless of physical range.

As artists who have made themselves as advocates of psychological health delving into anxiety, self-love and imposter syndrome among other stigmatised topics.

Being Available In as an intermission is a skit which exposes the group’s real enjoyment to scoring their first Signboard Hot 100 chart-topper with ‘Dynamite’ in August. For their die-hard fanbase which commemorates every accomplishment with the very same, if not more interest as the group itself, this spoof is one that sits snugly in the most psychological corners of their hearts. However, for a casual listener this is a completely skippable interlude prior to the quickly approaching end of the album.

For the last stretch, BTS mainly abandons the contemplative vibe as they utilize memorable slices of vintage hip-hop on fearlessly transparent ‘Dis-ease’ which advises everyone to progress, before the EDM stylings of last new song ‘Stay’ reminds fans sweetly they’ll always be with them no matter how far away them may appear. With imaginative lyricism which sees the band reference how technology binds them together with listeners, the album gives way to celebration with ‘Dynamite’.

‘ BE’ is on-brand for the band who have actually always acknowledged difficulties but never left things without a resolution of recovery, nevertheless, everything about the album seems like a gift to their fans instead of a passer-by listening in. From the act to the music video for acoustic-tinged ‘Life Goes On’ – which showcases a pyjama-clad septet before transitioning into them singing in an empty arena – the album doesn’t rather catch-on in the very same way that the majority of are utilized to when they think of BTS.

No, it might not always have lots of outside their core fanbase reaching constantly for the replay button, however its healing nevertheless as the band delivers what they have actually guaranteed; a personable, relatable collection of tracks that strip away their blinding shine as idols, replacing it with their warm glow of mankind.


Words: Malvika Padin

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