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  • Summary: The seven-track mini-album release from the South Korean boy band features a guest appearance from Halsey.
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HOME
방탄소년단 (Bangtan Boys) BTS - Home Lyrics BTS - Home Hangul 미칠듯한 설레임에 인사조차 못했어 Yeah I'm going out baby 온... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 95
    It’s the songs themselves that should guarantee the album’s global success. Throughout the mini-album are references to BTS’ past and reflections on their growth as artists and individuals.
  2. 91
    The EP moves easily through different spheres of young love, young fame and young ambition, all of it audible through coruscating backgrounds and intense vocal deliveries that channel the high-running tensions of technicolor teenage drama.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    90
    The 7-song album is taut musically and thematically (the group is a septet consisting of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook), although things get into murkier territory lyrically. Fans of the group dig deep into the meanings behind the songs.
  4. Apr 18, 2019
    70
    Map of the Soul: Persona is a bold, if tempered, call to Western media.
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    61
    The arrangements on PERSONA are busy and convoluted, and many lyrical highlights are buried in meta, self-referential schlock rock. ... PERSONA is not a failure, but it’s tough to call it a triumph.
  6. 60
    They’ve formed their own blueprint in which the messages they purvey and the grandiose shows they stage are our main point of interest, but the music, production-wise, falls a little by the wayside when it comes to breaking new ground.
  7. Apr 19, 2019
    60
    A valiant and partly successful attempt from K-pop’s biggest band to move forward in their music. While they undeniably remain a success, the recycled sonics and multiple references to past music makes it hard for old listeners to let go of past glory and for the new to connect with their current music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Apr 16, 2019
    10
    What surprised me the most about this album was the depth of its lyrics, some bordering a sense of melancholy, going along with catchy andWhat surprised me the most about this album was the depth of its lyrics, some bordering a sense of melancholy, going along with catchy and happy pop/R&B melodies. Very nice to see artists with such compromise of bringing something new and so experimental. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    With the presence of Greek myths and exploitation of psychoanalysis through Jung, BTS shows what is lacking in the pop artists of today:With the presence of Greek myths and exploitation of psychoanalysis through Jung, BTS shows what is lacking in the pop artists of today: identity. A cohesive album, with music gender variability and production, shows why they are one of the biggest groups nowadays. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2019
    10
    A modern pop masterpiece.
    One of the things that interested me the most when I've first listened to BTS was their ability to go through
    A modern pop masterpiece.
    One of the things that interested me the most when I've first listened to BTS was their ability to go through different music genres like pop, hip-hop, and even rock. And that's exactly what they did with this album.
    I haven't seen and pop album with this versatility in a long time. Most pop artists these days focus in making hit songs and use trending music styles but forget about the essence, lyrics and share a message with their fans and the gp.
    BTS does that perfectly with this album. They deliver a powerful message of love and debate about their own history and achievments with sincerity and a open heart and with amazing music productions.
    I am really excited to see more from them and from this new era.
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    Apr 14, 2019
    10
    The diversity in this is insane and they manage to pull off every genre. Particularly enjoyed the connections to both Carl Jung's work ANDThe diversity in this is insane and they manage to pull off every genre. Particularly enjoyed the connections to both Carl Jung's work AND their own discography. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    Stop xenophoby. BTS shows to have the map of our soul when give us an album of great quality and evolution for the artists. "Home" is theStop xenophoby. BTS shows to have the map of our soul when give us an album of great quality and evolution for the artists. "Home" is the style of music you can imagine being played everywhere. As well as "Boy With Luv," which sounds like a great summer hit. "Jamais Vu", also one of the best, is the powerful ballad of the album that brings the members Seokjin, Jungkook and J-Hope. Without doubt, another work that will bring more success and acclaim to the kings. Expand
  6. Apr 13, 2019
    9
    Definitely pleased with this album. Really liked the direction they took in terms of sound and how the album flowed well from start to finish.Definitely pleased with this album. Really liked the direction they took in terms of sound and how the album flowed well from start to finish. BTS never shy away from exploring new sounds for them and looking back from their debut to now, it is great to see how far they've come as artists. Boy With Luv was surprisingly a great title track, i am not really too fond with light poppy type of tracks, but they made it work for me and i was hooked from the first listen. if i had to pick three standout tracks for me, it would be HOME, Dionysus and Boy With Luv Expand
  7. Jul 11, 2019
    0
    Terrible, just another generic and boring album filled with the most naive and obnoxious tracks. I like the fact that they just use "LoveTerrible, just another generic and boring album filled with the most naive and obnoxious tracks. I like the fact that they just use "Love Yourself" trends and Mental Health issues to boost their album sales. Congratulations, it worked. The problem is it's not gonna change anything especially with those generic tracks. Expand

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