Of course this made all of us die hard fans scream with excitement and finally on October 10, 2016 the album was finally released. Here’s my review of the album and the title track’s video.
Intro: Boy Meets Evil
The intro is the song in the background of a dance routine that was done by JHope. Pretty standard intro for BTS now, where it’s either a ballad or a short rap track to lead you into the album.
Blood Sweat and Tears (피 땀 눈물) - The Song
The song was a bit of a surprise to me in that it’s in the style of a lot of western pop songs with the down tempo EDM style. Not saying I don’t like it, just never thought they would go this route. The song actually does work with the mix of rap and vocals. But now for the lyrics… it’s a bit…suggestive to say the least. I’m not sure if I’m taking the lyrics too literally but it’s like they’re singing about being in a relationship where he gets tied up and wants to be drunk with her love deep in his throat (*ahem* take that how you want).
Blood Sweat and Tears (피 땀 눈물) - The Music Video
Let’s start by saying the visuals in the video (not just the guys), are awesome. It’s like they took over an art gallery or museum for this.
Some of the dance moves and scenes are pretty suggestive… I’m looking at you Jungkook.
And blindfolded Jimin… srsly?
The surreal scene of the group at a dining table with Jin at the head was a bit confusing for me… Not sure what that was supposed to symbolize.
But then there was the scene with Jin and the statue… and everyone is totally wanting to be the statue now…
And yet, you then see V as an angel with no wings…
So is it where Jin is lusting after V? Oh the fanfiction there!
And then motherly statue cracks and you see Jin’s face cracking at the end…
What does it all mean?!?!
The wall scene was a bit weird too… I think it translates to One Must Still Have Chaos In Them To Be Able To Give Birth To A Dancing Star…
Watch the video below and you tell me what you think the videos means in the comments. Please, I really wanna know.
The track is a slow shifty R&B track which focuses on Jungkook’s singing. Our little Jungkook has grown up so fast and know has his own song highlighting his vocal skills. I like how the chorus actually speeds up a little even though it is a bit repetitious. At first I thought the song was for a girl, but after listening to the lyrics it’s more toward a good guy friend. Maybe it’s a song toward his fellow band mates about how they’ve been there for him and he wants to be there for them.
Lie is Jimin’s turn for a solo. The song itself seems really shifty with it’s sliding beat and occasional scream like background sounds. And then, the chorus opens up and it’s like a ray of sunlight is shining on me (no seriously, I got goosebumps when the chorus hit). But the song seems to be a song about being in pain where the chorus is like a plea to get him out of the lies and pain. The eding is a bit abrupt… kinda wish it come to a smoother end.
V’s solo track is a slow R&B ballad which totally suits his voice. His vocal range is tested as it starts of low, then reaches a high during the chorus. But his voice sounds great and it doesn’t sound strained but instead you can feel the pain of the song lyrics. If you remember from the Young Forever videos, V killed a person that was abusive to a girl. This seems to be the song that is asking for forgiveness.
Suga’s solo song is about the piano that got totally trashed in the preview videos… just kidding. But am I? With a title like first love you would think it’s about a person… but it’s not. It’s about his love of music (and in a sense, is that such a surprise?) The song has the raw feelings that was present in his solo AgustD mixtape. And as such, I love it. And when he uses that controlled tone in his voice toward the end… melting…
Rap Monster has his solo shot with a song with somewhat emotional lyrics. The lyrics are a little self-depreciating which is a little concerning for me. It’s where he says he hates himself and has a lot of dark feelings. If music is an outlet that’s good, but hopefully it’s not a long-term thing (we’re here for you Nam Joon). I hope you can love yourself because all of us fans do care for you.
J-Hope’s turn… and I’m here hoping for a big bubbly tune (cause you know he’s just that energizer bunny of the group). The swing backing track and mid-tempo hiphop beat was promising, then you hear the lyrics. The song is a like a thank you to his mom who supported his career choice; thus making her having to work hard to support him. J-Hope is now saying that she and the family shouldn’t worry and that he’ll take care of her since she took care of him. Now I can see why he gets so emotional when he talks to his parents.
Jin Jin Jin… the band member that probably is most like me personality wise… the oldest one that might not be the best at dancing, but will try his best…. though I totally don’t have his visuals >< In this song you can hear just his vocals shine through and I’m wondering why they don’t let him have more lines sometimes. When he hits the high note in the chorus… just yay. The song lyrics is making me wonder a bit about what these songs are trying to say… This song in particular has a line about how maybe he can’t fly but he wants to run and keep trying a bit more. And how he’s holding onto six flowers tightly in his hands (the other members) and accepting his fate… So is it where he wants to stay with them forever, or is it where he’s wanting to go away…
Now it’s time for the vocal line to have a song… so Jungkook, V, Jimin and Jin are all featured. I could see this being performed as a comeback stage song (if they’re allowed to have 3 stages… one for them, one for the rapper line then the title track — I can dream right?) The song to me seems like about someone unsure about where they’re going in their life. They have a goal but there are so many obstacles that make them lose their way. Just keep trying guys, you’re sure to find your way.
BTS Cypher Part 4
Of course… the rapper line would be Cypher Part 4… should have seem that coming from a mile away. It’s not screaming hit song like the other tracks, but the Cyphers are all fun to listen to and see what they’re rapping about. It’s pretty much a hater response track but not overly harsh, just pointing things out… well maybe Suga’s lines are a bit more digging, but still. The bottom line message is for the haters to just love themselves and not care about how BTS is successful…
Am I Wrong
The entire group is back together again for this track. This could totally be a followup or co-promotion track. It’s a midtempo R&B swinger which a somewhat sassy taunting chorus. The song is about how the world is seeming to go crazy with how people are spewing so much hate online and offline. The song seems to be a play on how you can try to deny it but if you really think about it, rhetoric these days is pretty bad… Am I Wrong?
21st Century Girls (21세기 소녀)
War of Hormones Part 2? Seems so… But at first I thought it was totally going to go into Missy Elliott’s Work It style lyrics lol. The song though is about the guys telling their girls that they should stay strong and confident and not worry about what other people think. SO in a sense it’s a reverse War of Hormones song in that it’s telling them to be themselves, stand up for themselves and to love themselves. (i.e. don’t fall for the bad boys they were in War of Hormones) lol The almost reggae beat breakdown at the end… awesome-sauce.
2! 3! (Hoping for More Good Days) (둘! 셋! (그래도 좋은 날이 더 많기를))
The last full track of the album slows it down a bit (but it’s not a ballad). It’s more of a reflective song hoping for more good days in the future. At the same time, it’s realistic that it won’t be all flowers and butterflies. But everything is just fine because we’re all together. This song is like Young Forever Part 2, and would be an awesome song to close out a concert to.
When the last track on the album started, I was like… ooh! A dancey track, and was like, damn it it’s too short. WHY!! Next time make it a full length song. This totally could have been the next single if they needed another one… or maybe there will be a repackage with a full version…hah…The song is about having confidence to go out and do what you want and to experience things. It may be the first time, but it sure won’t be the last.
Overall the album was a bit of a change from their prior albums and mini-albums. This time you got to see them showcase their talents individually as well as a group. Part of me is making me wonder if they are hinting that they’re going to branch off into solo or side groups. But after listening to the album all the way through, it seems that they’re going to be together as a group for a while (if I believe what the lyrics say) and even if they do their separate things, they’ll come back together again. For fans, the change might be a little jarring as there aren’t songs like Dope or War of Hormones that are screaming pop hits. But musically, the lyrical content of the album is great and a meaningful. Do you agree, or not? Let me know in the comments!