Relatable Songs About Not Having Your Life Sorted Yet

Some people know exactly what they want to do. They have passion, conviction and need to be encouraged to pursue their dreams. But some people have no idea what they want to do. It’s not because they are lazy or unmotivated. They’re not any less driven, intelligent, talented or worthy. They simply haven’t found what they want to do yet. I belong to the latter group.

Sure, I have vague ideas of the type of thing I would like to do and I definitely know what I don’t want to do, but equally I don’t have one specific dream I am working towards either. I love songs which address that kind of uncertainty which I feel is sometimes looked down upon, so I thought I would share a couple with you today!


BTS- Paradise


It’s alright to stop, you don’t need to run without knowing why. It’s alright to not have any dreams if you have moments where you can feel happiness.

Suga, one of the members of BTS, addressed the idea that it’s okay not to have a dream as long as you can find a way to live happily in his New Year welcoming speech and this song is an elaboration of that concept.


Panic! At The Disco- Roaring 20s


Oscars and Emmy’s and Grammy’s, everyone here is a trophy, and I’m sipping bourbon, the future’s uncertain.

This song talks about a stage which I haven’t reached yet, not being in my twenties, but talks about the feeling of seeing everyone around you achieving things in their careers whilst you still feel unsure about what you are doing with your life.


So that’s it! I wanted to keep this piece fairly short, so I thought I’d just recommend a couple other songs that discuss this sort of thing! Stray Kids’ My Pace is good if you like a more playful, fun song and So Far Away by Agust D ft. Suran is great if you like your songs a little bit more serious!

What other amazing songs are there like these ones? Do you also have no idea what you want to do with your life? Let me know in the comments below!

If you have any suggestions of songs about chasing your dreams please let me know so that I can make a second part to this post!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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GCSEs & IB

Hello everyone!

Today was my first day of school, so I thought I would just talk to you a little about how my GCSEs went and what I’m doing now!

So, if you don’t know GCSEs are an exam we take here in the UK at 16 which determines what kind of education we can do from 16 to 19! There are lots of options, but the most popular are probably A-Levels, BTECs, apprenticeships and the IB!

GCSEs are marked out of 9, with 9 being the best (they used to be A*-E or something like that, but it changed recently to 9-1). Anyway, I got my results a couple of weeks ago and I was really happy. A bit in shock, but very happy!

So now I’m doing the IB Diploma Programme, which is an international qualification in which you study six subjects! Usually you do three at higher level and three at standard level, but I’m super indecisive so at the moment I’m doing English Literature, German, Psychology and History at higher level as well as Biology and standard level and the easiest Maths I can possibly do!

So yeah, life update! Let me know if you did GCSEs recently or started a new step in your education and I’ll be sure to update you when I have more news about school or other general life things!! Love, Keira x.

What kind of music do you study to?

Hi there! I don’t know about everyone else, but I go to college on Wednesday! (FYI: that’s UK college, so 16-19 not university 😉 )

With going back to school, whatever kind of school you’re doing, that means you’re going to be doing a lot of studying and if you’re anything like me you need to listen to something whilst you work!

Some people love listening to regular music, whereas others can’t listen to anything with lyrics in it!

Me? I’m a bit of a mix. Most of the time I can listen to whatever, but if I’m writing an English essay I cannot listen to German music and vice versa, because my brain will desperately try to switch between the two languages and that just doesn’t end well!

In any case, today I thought I would share with you seven different things I like to listen to when I’m studying!


#1: Ambient Sounds and Classical Music


This is a great option for people who need music to stop them getting distracted by the outside world, but also find themselves easily distracted by music itself. There are tons of classical music and ambient sound playlists on platforms like Spotify, so I definitely recommend browsing them and finding some you like!


#2: Modern Instrumental Music


Firstly, let me just say that Lindsey Stirling is an incredible artist and I love her so much! Modern instrumental music like this is a great option for people who can’t listen to lyrics when studying, but want something a bit more modern or engaging than classical music or ambient sounds. You might want to avoid watching the music videos on YouTube though, because Lindsey Stirling’s music videos are gorgeous and you will end up watching them for hours… trust me, I know!


#3: Upbeat, Catchy Songs


This is the kind of music I like to listen to when I’m studying for maths, because there’s so little writing involved and also because I struggle a bit with maths, so some fun music makes studying a little bit less stressful. These sorts of songs are great for giving you a three-minute dance break whilst still actually revising!


#4: Songs to Encourage You


Sometimes studying is hard, but songs telling you that it’s okay to struggle and it will be okay are just what you need to get through that one really hard maths question or finally start your English essay!


#5: Playlists Of Unfamiliar Songs


If you don’t know a song very well, you’re less likely to get up and dance to it! Or maybe you just want to find some new music to listen to. Either way, just pick a playlist randomly on Spotify (maybe not a Top 40 one) and listen away! I quite like this one because it has some softer music and I often like to listen to it when I’m reading!


#6: Your Favourite New Songs


On the complete opposite side from my previous option, why not make studying fun with some of your new favourite releases!


#7: Music in a Foreign Language!


So maybe you’re one of those people who can’t listen to English music (or whatever language you speak) because you get distracted or start writing the lyrics. Why not listen to some Spanish music, some Japanese music or a Chinese song like the one above?! Really, anything that you don’t know the language well enough to distract you!


So that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed.

What do you listen to when you’re studying? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! Happy listening, Keira x.

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COUNTDOWN | TOP 10 BTS SONGS


Hello everyone! It feels like forever since I’ve greeted you since the past couple of posts have all been reviews! Have you been reading all of my BTS posts this week? If not, be sure to check them out! Today’s post is a countdown of my top 10 favourite BTS songs of all time. Will you be surprised?


#10- Awake


“Maybe I, I can’t touch the sky. Still, I want to stretch my hand out, I want to run, just a bit more”

This song is incredibly heart-breaking and yet somehow relatable and emotional all at once. Jin’s voice is perfect for this song and the gorgeous instrumentation is just wow. I learned how to play this song on the flute because I love it and can’t sing to save my life.


#9- Trivia 轉 Seesaw


“Is there really a need to keep repeating ourselves, saying this was love and this is love? We’re both tired and holding onto the same card”

Suga’s rap has always been my favourite in BTS and in this song we get his rap and his husky, gorgeous vocals so really, I couldn’t ask for much more! The song has a sort of jazzy R&B sound which I’m loving at the moment as well ❤


#8- House of Cards


“A house made of cards, and us inside, even if you say you see the end, even if you say it’ll collapse soon”

I love dramatic R&B music generally, but something about the sincerity and tone of the vocals in this song makes it even more special; they give it a sad yet sensual atmosphere. Also, the part at 1:40 is just so pleasing.


#7- Tear


“This goodbye came to me at the end of my play that was only filled with lies, that’s the price I’ll pay”

The rap line’s most recent song has a gorgeous instrumentation and mixes a variety of rap styles with rap-singing to create an absolute masterpiece that deserves way more attention than it gets. Like, really, wow.


#6- Spring Day


“Honestly, I miss you, but now I’ll erase you, because that will hurt less than resenting you”

Catchy, beautiful and moving, there isn’t much more I could ask from this song, to be honest. It manages to perfectly capture an astonishing range of emotions. This song is a masterpiece and I’m so glad it exists.


#5- Save Me


“It’s dangerous how wrecked I am, save me because I can’t get a grip on myself”

I don’t actually know why I like this song so much. It’s a genre that really isn’t my favourite and even has a repetitive chorus, which I usually hate. And yet, somehow I can’t get enough of this song and find it quite beautiful…


#4- Stigma


“Deeper, deeper, the wound just gets deeper, like pieces of broken glass that I can’t reverse”

Another R&B track… you can probably see what kind of music I gravitate towards. This song is full of some kind of raw pain which almost hurts to hear, yet is somehow so beautiful and captivating. Also, those high notes. 


#3- Blood Sweat & Tears


“Kiss me, I don’t care if it hurts, hurry and choke me so I can’t hurt any more”

Apart from being an incredible song, Blood Sweat & Tears will always hold a special place in my heart not only as the song which got me interested in BTS, but also as the song that introduced* me to K-Pop.

*I had heard K-Pop songs before, but this was the first one that I actually listened to outside of being forced to by friends.


#2- Singularity


“Tell me, if my voice is fake, should I have not thrown myself away?”

V’s most recent solo track has a similar sort of R&B sound to his previous and if I’m not completely in love with this style and this man’s voice then I don’t know what love is. The song is haunting and dramatic and as close to 100% perfect as it is possible to get.


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Before I move on to my number one choice, I wanted to include a few honourable mentions!

First up, is place #11: the vocal line’s newest song The Truth Untold. It showcases their gorgeous vocals and is just a very beautiful song.

Secondly, the only music on this list is from the HYYH era and later, so there is none of the group’s earlier hip-hop stuff simply because I prefer the songs from later albums. However, my favourite song from the group’s early albums has got to be Danger. It’s such a catchy song and the choreography is top-notch.

Finally, I don’t have very many exciting, hype songs on this list because although I love them the music I find most appealing tends to be more sorrowful or R&B, so I want to give a shout out to Dope for being just a great song!

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#1- Lie


“Take me out of his hell, I can’t free myself from this pain. Save the me who’s being punished”

Jimin’s solo has a very dramatic, theatrical atmosphere, with a lot of R&B influences. His voice is incredible and the lyrics talk about being unable to escape the pain which a lie has caused. This song gives me goosebumps and chills and I can’t stop listening to it.


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my reviews for Love Yourself ‘Her’, Love Yourself ‘Tear’, and Love Yourself ‘Answer’!


And that’s it! Were you suprised by any of my choices or do you agree with me? This was my final BTS post for now, but I’m sure I’ll do some more in the future! If you haven’t seen my previous four BTS posts, please go and give them some love!

What are your favourite BTS songs? Did you discover any new music today? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


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Love Yourself 結 Answer Album Review

BTS Love Yourself 'Answer'The Love Yourself 結  ‘Answer’ repackage album was released on the 24th of August 2018 and is the third and final part of the Love Yourself series.

The album consists of 7 new tracks, including solo songs from all of the members except Jimin and V, as well as three songs by the group together.

The album also contains three remixes, a full length edition of the song Serendipity as well as some other songs off of the ‘Her’ and ‘Tear’ albums.

The album’s concept is largely about learning to finally love yourself and not caring what other people think, and should have quite a celebratory and euphoric feeling to the music.

For the purpose of this review, I will only be reviewing the seven brand new tracks and Euphoria. I will not be reviewing the remixes nor the new full length version of Serendipity but I will mention them in my overall review of the album at the end.


TRACK 1- Euphoria


This song was previously featured in BTS’ Wonder short film and was released officially for the first time in this album. It is a solo song featuring the main vocal and maknae, Jungkook.

  • reminds me of Magic Shop (Jungkook’s music style)
  • similar EDM sound
  • euphoric atmosphere
  • open and moving sound, creates feeling of elation and exhilaration

“You’re the sun that rose again in my life, a reincarnation of my childhood dreams”

Similar to many BTS songs off recent albums, this song could easily be heard as a love song. However, with the theme of this album, we could also surmise that the lyrics are talking about the narrator’s love for himself being the “cause of [his] euphoria”, which is a very powerful message.

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Overall, I liked this song on about the same level as Magic Shop, although I liked the lyrics of Magic Shop slightly more, so I’m giving this song a 3.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this short film which was the world’s first glimpse at the song! 


TRACK 2- Trivia 起 Just Dance


Trivia 起: Just Dance is a solo track by the rapper and dancer J-Hope.

  • sounds like a J-Hope song
  • upbeat and dance-y
  • mixed vocals with rapping, nice variety

I’m not a massive fan of the chorus (e.g. at 2:03) which is a shame as it repeats quite a few times. The flow of the lyrics is a bit annoying, and I’m not a fan of the beat at that point either. Apart from that, I quite enjoy the song.

I also love how each of the individual members is starting to develop a signature sound for their solo songs (hmm… maybe that’s a good blog post idea).

“It’s weird, we’re connecting too much… but you’re my friend… just”

As far as I have found, this song doesn’t have an official interpretation, so I’m just throwing out some ideas here.

It seems that this song is about someone who is developing a crush of some sorts on one of their friends. The references to having while dancing are also fitting for J-Hope, who is one of the best dancers in the group.

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Overall, the lyrics aren’t anything particularly revolutionary, although I do wonder whether they are personal at all considering J-Hope wrote and produced this song. In terms of the sound of the song, it was fun, but nothing particularly special and there were some parts I didn’t like, so I’m giving the song a 2/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D audio version!


TRACK 6- Trivia 承 Love


Trivia 承: Love is a solo track by the rapper and leader RM. 

  • slower rap, which I often enjoy but…
  • least favourite of the Trivia tracks
  • too repetitive

I hate the repetitive use of words in a song, so the repetition of “사랑 사랑 사랑” (love love love) and “사람 사람 사람” (people people people) (e.g. at 0:46) made me dislike this song, especially as the words sound incredibly similar in Korean (sarang vs. saram).

The idea behind this is good (that they sound so similar because they are so intrinsically connected), but the execution is irritating. Additionally, there is a lot of repetition of phrases throughout the song.

“Like the moon always rising after the sun, like nails growing, like trees shedding their leaves, when winter comes, you’re the one”

This song is definitely very much a love song, and it has some beautiful or interesting lines talking about the reliability and eternity of love.

However, it also has some lines which toe the edge of cheesy and genius (e.g.“JKLMNOPQRST I went past all those letters and reached you”). Unfortunately, I have a really low cringe-threshold, so they are too cheesy for me to enjoy.

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In conclusion, I’m not a fan of this song. RM is an incredibly talented rapper and songwriter, but this is simply a style where there is so much repetitiveness of lyrics and even of the same word, which I just can’t enjoy. Additionally, the lyrics made me cringe a bit when I was reading them, so I give this song a 0/5 as I simply cannot listen to it.

Just because I don’t like this song doesn’t mean you didn’t! If you did like it, check out this fan cam of RM performing this song live!


TRACK 11- Trivia 轉 Seesaw


Trivia 轉: Seesaw is a solo track by the rapper Suga.

  • jazzy R&B sound (think 134340)
  • smooth and playful flow, very hard to resist dancing
  • good balance between singing and rapping

Suga is my bias in BTS, but that has absolutely nothing to do with why this one of my favourite songs on the entire album. Suga has one of my favourite tones and flows of any rappers and I love his singing as well. It’s slightly husky, very deep and quite soothing.

“Is there really a need to keep repeating ourselves, saying this was love and this is love? We’re both tired and holding onto the same card…”

This song talks about a relationship which started out fine, but has become toxic on both sides. There is not a good balance in the relationship, and like a seesaw, the relationship is full of ups and downs to the extent that both people are now miserable and tired.

However, instead of moaning about it, the song takes a more mature and confident approach, with the narrator concluding that they should end the relationship and not drag out the pain.

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Overall, the idea of the song isn’t particularly unique, but the way Suga compared it to a seesaw and the lyrics are so beautiful, that it makes it amazing nevertheless. This combined with a phenomenal sound means that I’m giving this song a 4/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this fan cam of Suga’s live performance!


TRACK 13- Epiphany


Epiphany was initially released on the 9th of August 2018. It’s Jin’s solo song and served as a trailer for the album.

  • more dramatic, epic version of a ballad
  • piano sounds
  • open and round feeling
  • sweet and unique vocal tone add interest and flavour

Throughout the song the phrase “I’m the one I should love” is repeated, which really sums up the entire meaning of the Love Yourself series, making this the perfect comeback trailer for this album.

“Now I finally realise, so I love me, though I may lack some things, I’m so beautiful”

The song has a gorgeous meaning, the narrator singing about how although he is not perfect, he is still worthy of loving himself.

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Overall, this song has such a gorgeous meaning and is so beautiful as well, so I’m giving it a 4.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this fan cam of Jin performing his song whilst playing the piano!


TRACK 14- I’m Fine


I’m Fine is like a sequel to Save Me, and sounds reminiscent of the song. This was hinted at in the FAKE LOVE music video where the writing saying “save me” reads “I’m Fine” if looked at upside down.

note: this song starts at 1:54

  • similar opening to Save Me, establishing it as a sort of sequel/continuation
  • EDM

Save Me is one of my all-time favourite BTS songs and this one didn’t quite live up to it. I’m not a massive fan of the beat drop (e.g. at 2:22) and the whole song felt a bit rushed… to the extent that I had to check whether my playback speed was at 1.25x speed instead of 1x speed.

However, there are some parts which I liked, for example V’s opening at 0:08 and the song as a whole is still something I would listen to.

“Even if some day, I’m not me anymore, it’s alright, only I am my own salvation, I won’t ever die in this walk”

Whereas Save Me proclaims to need someone’s love in order not to fall, I’m Fine shows a greater inner strength.

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Overall, whilst the songs have a good meaning, this song didn’t live up to my expectations for it, which were admittedly fairly high considering how much I love Save Me and some parts of this song just weren’t for me. Hence, I’m giving the song a 1.5/5.

Did you like this song? If you did, check out the song’s predecessor Save Me or this 8D audio version!


TRACK 15- IDOL


IDOL is the title track of this album.

  • mixes traditional South Korean and South African music styles
  • upbeat, “hype” song (à la Not Today or Fire)
  • the music video is very busy, which put me off, but I like it more the more I listen to it

I will say that I’m not a massive fan of the more auto-tuney/edited sounding verses (e.g. at 1:55), but that is simply because I prefer cleaner, purer vocals.

I generally don’t love hype songs that much, and this song is no exception, but I would definitely feel the urge to dance if this were ever to play at a party. It feels like a great song to play to hype up for a World Cup (along the lines of Shakira’s Waka Waka).

“You can call me artist, you can call me idol. No matter what you call me, I don’t care, I’m proud of it.”

This is almost a hybrid between a diss track and a motivational song. Whilst addressing the group’s haters like they would in a diss track, the song is more about leading by example and showing the listener that it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you are happy with what you are doing and who you are, which is an important and inspiring message.

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In conclusion, the message this song conveys is incredibly important, and for what the song was I quite enjoyed it, so I’m giving the song a 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this remix version featuring Nicki Minaj!


TRACK 16- Answer: Love Myself


This song is a conclusion to the Love Yourself era.

  • sort of EDM, without the beat drop (à la Love Maze)
  • less edited, purer vocals and mellow rap
  • incredibly catchy (especially that part that goes “you show me I have reasons, I should love myself” e.g. at 1:12)

This song is about admitting that “loving myself might be harder than loving someone else” but that “even all the scars from your mistakes make up your constellation” and that we should do our best to love ourselves not only despite our flaws but because of them as well.

The lyrics of this song really ring true to me, so I definitely recommend you read them all hereYou can also find lyrics for all of BTS’ other songs on colorcodedlyrics.com as well!

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In conclusion, this was one of the better group songs on this album and the meaning is gorgeous as well, so I’m giving it a good 3/5.

Did you like this song? If you did, check out this 8D audio version!


Whilst there are some songs that I love on this album and the message is really important, there are some songs which didn’t do it for me. On a  side note: the full version of Serendipity is excellent. I seriously love it so much.

As far as a repackaged album goes, this was quite good and had quite a lot of new songs. I’m also glad that it contained so many solo tracks, as I loved that everyone had a solo in Wings era, so it only seems right that the same happens for the Love Yourself era.

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In any case, my love for a few of the songs on this album has gained it a rating of 3/5!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3 star album rating means I liked at least half of the songs, and there were some aspects that really stood out and amazed me. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my review of Love Yourself ‘Her’ and Love Yourself ‘Tear’!


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. Watch out for my final installment of BTS week tomorrow where I talk about my favourite BTS songs and be sure to check out the other posts in this series!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below! And what songs do you think might make my favourites list?!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!

ALSO I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: 

For album reviews like this, do you enjoy having a detailed breakdown for each song like this or would you rather have shorter reviews? Please let me know!


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BTS’ Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ Album Review

Love Yourself Tear Album cover

The Love Yourself  ‘Tear’ album was released on the 18th of May 2018 and is the second of three albums in the Love Yourself trilogy.

The album features eleven songs, including a solo intro from member V, a vocal line song and an outro from the rap line.

The album’s overall concept is the opposite of the previous album and focuses on the darker, less spoken-about and more toxic aspects of love.


note: all music videos and live performances in this video come with English subtitles, so please click the caption button if you wish to view these.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 1- Intro: Singularity


Intro: Singularity was first released on the 6th of May 2018 as a trailer for the album and features member V.

  • similar neo-soul (R&B) sound to V’s previous solo track Stigma
  • showcases his beautiful baritone (which I’m a sucker for)
  • overall seductive quality

“Tell me, if my voice is fake, should I have not thrown myself away? Tell me, if this pain is fake, then what must I do?”

Unlike how the song sounds, the lyrics are actually dark and desperately sad. Which is, of course, probably the point.

Singularity talks about losing yourself to a persona and being unable to discern what is real or not, and this conflict is also expressed in the dissonance between the sound of the song and the meaning of the lyrics.

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Overall, this is probably one of my favourite BTS songs of all time. It does V’s gorgeous voice justice, the meaning is both heart-breaking and deep and the lyrics themselves are poetic. The whole song flows very nicely and seems to melt into my ears. It reminds me of toffee melting on your tongue…. yum. Therefore, I can’t help but give it a 5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this awesome, LGBT+ dance cover!


TRACK 2- FAKE LOVE


FAKE LOVE is the title track on this album and also the song they performed at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

  • emo hip-hop sound
  • good rap sections and slower vocal sections
  • bad chorus

Firstly, the pronunciation of “fake love” as “fakeu love” bugs me (yes, it sounds better for the rhythm of the song and was intentional, but it’s also jarring to my ears).

Apart from that, the chorus felt like it interrupted the flow of the song and I also don’t like the vocals when Jimin and Jin sing “fake love” (e.g. 2:10). The flow within the chorus itself also doesn’t fit nicely in my opinion. Unfortunately, this ruined what could have been one of my favourite tracks on the album.

“Look at me, I threw myself away…. You say I’m strange when I changed into the person you liked”

FAKE LOVE talks about someone who changes themselves for love and how such love is fake and toxic.

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Overall, the song has a good meaning about how one shouldn’t change themselves in a relationship and should stay true to themselves, but the song itself didn’t do it for me because of the chorus. Hence, I give this song a 1.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this live performance, or this official rock remix!


TRACK 3- The Truth Untold (ft. Steve Aoki)


This track features the four vocalists of the group (Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook) and is a surprising contrast to the group’s previous collaboration with Steve Aoki.

  • beautiful ballad-like song
  • minimalistic piano instrumentation
  • shows off gorgeous vocal tones
  • sincerity and bitterness of the song delivered perfectly

I can’t point at a specific point I love because the whole song is so incredible and they really did a good job of highlighting the different attractive qualities of each of their voices.

“Maybe back then, if I had just a little more courage, and stood before you, would everything be different now?”

The lyrics of The Truth Untold read like a story or epic poem, so I really recommend you read them. Essentially, they tell the story of someone who ended up losing their love as they could not tell the truth about their desires.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, I love how the lyrics of this song are written, and they carry a great deal of emotional weight which the song perfectly communicates even if you don’t understand the lyrics. Hence, I give this song a 5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lower pitch version. I recommend playing it alongside the original to have your minds blown and ears blessed. 


TRACK 4- 134340


134340 is the number destination for Pluto since it is no longer considered a planet.

  • jazzy
  • airy, other-worldly quality like being in space
  • channels some Hope World vibes

The rap verses in this song are particularly exceptional and right up my alley, with a slightly muted and more understated style (e.g. 0:27).

“Why did you kick me out? Without a name, I’m still lingering around you…”

This song talks about someone, who like Pluto, was kicked out and discarded despite still existing and being there the same as before.

This whole song uses Pluto as a sort of extended metaphor for how the narrator is feeling and this kind of lyrical complexity and thought is part of what makes BTS’ music so special.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics of this song discuss a fairly common topic, but the way in which they address the topic is particularly unique, and the use of text-painting in the song is also particularly good. I give the song a 4/5. 

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 5- Paradise


Paradise builds on the idea first expressed in Suga’s new year wish.

  • more traditional R&B sound
  • sultry, but faster paced than Singularity
  • rap verses help keep momentum throughout
  • sparse instrumentation, largely light percussion, to support the vocals/rapping

This is one that has actually grown on me with time and is now one of my favourite songs on the album.

“It’s alright to stop, you don’t need to run without knowing why. It’s alright to not have any dreams if you have moments where you can feel happiness”

Paradise is about reassuring the listener that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want from life yet.

4 microphones out of 5
As someone who isn’t quite sure what I want to do in life yet, I love this message and think it’s very important. Additionally, I quite like the sound of the song as well, so I’m giving this song a 4/5. 

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 6- Love Maze


  • vintage hip-hop influence
  • mixed with something that is almost EDM but not quite
  • vocals in the chorus give overall lighter feel, balance harsher rap verse

(I may have struggled to figure out the genre of this song a lot…)

“All around us is a maze, different paths. We’re walking in this abyss, there’s a thin light over there, I hope we’re going toward paradise.”

Love Maze talks about navigating the difficulties of a relationship, where many things can go wrong and the chance of you finding the one correct route are small, just like in a maze.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
Overall, I really love the way this song compares love to a maze and I think it’s a very fitting metaphor. I also love the use of metaphor in songs in general. Additionally, I like the sound of the song as well, so I’m giving this song a 3.5/5.

Did you like this song? Pop on some headphones and check out this 8D version!


TRACK 7- Magic Shop


Magic Shop displays Jungkook’s first work in music production!

  • EDM
  • not too repetitive
  • Jungkook’s music tastes really come through
  • rap acts as a light guide for the sweet vocals

You may know if you’ve read my Love Yourself ‘Her’ review, but EDM is a hit-or-miss genre for me and, unlike Best of Me, this was a massive hit and is one of my favourite songs on the album! I especially like that the members sing through the drop, giving some more variety.

“You gave me the best of me, so you’ll give you the best of you”

Magic Shop is a massive thank you to the group’s fans. The lyrics speak about how the fans have helped the members to grow and become better people and hope that they can give some of that love and support to themselves as well.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics of this song carry a beautiful, powerful message and it sounds really pleasing as well, so I give the song a 4/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D version!


TRACK 8- Airplane pt.2


Airplane pt. 2 is the sequel to the track Airplane off of J-Hope’s 2018 mixtape ‘Hope World’.

  • latin-influenced pop
  • good flow and catchy, although not my preferred genre

Airplane pt. 2 talks about how the group is loving being able to sing all over the world and their recent popularity, but also ensures fans that they’re  “still the same as before” and still have the same passion and love for what they are doing.

1.5 microphones
Overall, the lyrics are okay, but on the weaker side compared to the rest of the album and the sound of the song isn’t really my thing, so I’m going to give this song a 1.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video!


TRACK 9- Anpanman


This song could be considered the Go Go of the ‘Tear’ album.

  • trap influences
  • reminiscent of Fetty Wap‘s music according to some critics
  • catchy and playful tune, but be careful of over-playing it!

The rap verses in this song are vital to break up the song and I also particularly like Jungkook’s section at 2:45.

“…I still wanna be a hero, but I can only give you an Anpan*, and tell you that you did a good job. But if you call me, I’ll fly over to you…”

Anpanman is based on a Japanese picture book series in which Anpanman* is a character who has no super powers or anything, but gives people in need bits of his head (which is made of bread). The idea is that he has to sacrifice himself in order to help others.

The song expresses something which the members often touch on: they aren’t superheroes, but if they can help the lives of their fans in any way, make them feel happier or touch them, then that is enough for them.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
Overall the song is pretty catchy, and the meaning of the lyrics is really sweet and meaningful as well. Again, I enjoy the group’s use of more figurative lyrics as opposed to more literally saying what they mean. Hence, I’m giving this song 3/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video!


*note: Anpan= a bread bun


TRACK 10- So What


  • EDM
  • longer, more instrumentation-heavy drop than Magic Shop
  • hence I don’t like it as much as Magic Shop, but it’s still pretty good

I very much enjoy all of the verses in this song and think they break up the song nicely.

My biggest bugbear is that the two drops at the end of the song are too close together, simply because I struggle to listen to the beat drop for that long.

“All your worries are just part of the swamp of your imagination that you created. Instead of worrying, go, go, don’t be timid, cheer up,
shout out, so what”

So What is a really empowering song, telling us to stop hesitating and second guessing ourselves so much and go for the things we want.

2.5 microphones
I think the sound of the song reflects the message behind the words quite well and I love the message, even though some parts of the song do annoy me a little bit. Hence, I’m giving this song a 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 11- Outro: Tear


This song features the group’s rap line: RM, J-Hope and Suga.

  • rap
  • stripped back percussive beat
  • occasional echoes of other instrumention, like a an echo in a cave
  • variety of rap styles, some sing-rapping

I said in my review of ‘Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ that pure rap songs are a hit-or-miss for me and this song is just a bit of a masterpiece.

“This goodbye came to me at the end of my play that was only filled with lies, that’s the price I’ll pay”

Outro: Tear talks about the painful end of a relationship, possibly due to dishonesty, and expresses the narrator’s feelings of self-hate and regret.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, I think the song portrays the emotions in a very raw and connected manner, and I enjoy the song from a music standpoint as well, so I’m going to give this song a 5/5. I originally planned on giving this song a 4.5 but it just keeps growing on me so.,.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


This album was what I wanted from Love Yourself  ‘Her’. It didn’t seem to forced or stereotypical, they covered important issues in creative ways and the overall music quality seemed much higher. Although I didn’t love some of the promotional tracks from this album (e.g. FAKE LOVE and Airplane pt.2) the rest of the album was gold.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
In conclusion, I give ‘Love Yourself  ‘Tear” a 3.5/5.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3.5 star album rating means I liked most of the songs, and the cohesiveness or variety were very good. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my introduction to BTS and my review of Love Yourself ‘Her’!


So that’s it for my review of BTS’ Love Yourself ‘Tear’. I hope you enjoyed and look out for my review of Love Yourself ‘Answer’ tomorrow!

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Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


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BTS’ Love Yourself 承 Her Album Review

BTS Love Yourself Her album coverThe Love Yourself  ‘Her’ album was first released on the 18th of September 2017 and is the first of three albums in the Love Yourself trilogy.

The album features eight songs and one skit, including a solo intro from member Jimin, a vocal line song and an outro from the rap line.

The album’s concept largely focuses on the positive, happy and somewhat clichéd parts of love, but also tackles some more serious social issues and includes two diss tracks.


note: all music videos and live performances in this video come with English subtitles, so please click the caption button if you wish to view these.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 1- Intro: Serendipity


Intro: Serendipity was first released on the 4th of September 2017 as a trailer for the ‘Her’ album and features member Jimin.

  • sweet, ballad-like chill-pop song
  • clear and pure vocals with a minimal instrumentation
  • beautiful tone of voice which helps express the meaning of the song

The universe has moved for us, without missing a single thing, because our happiness has been planned”

The song perfectly introduces the theme of this album and talks about a love which has saved the narrator’s life and brought him joy and which he believes to be ordained by the universe.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the song has a gorgeous song which I would happily listen to forever, but the lyrics are quite clichéd. Hence, I give it a 4/5 rating.

Did you like this song? Check out this clip of Jimin singing the song a cappella!


TRACK 2- DNA


DNA is the title track off of this album and was also the song they performed at the AMAs in 2017.

  • bright, poppy sound with some EDM influence
  • not my preferred style of music

However, I do want to commend both V’s opening verse (0:44) for his gorgeous low voice, and Suga’s rap sections (e.g. at 2:00), which I absolutely loved.

“Our encounter is a mathematical formula, the law of religion, the ways of the universe”

DNA talks about a universe-ordained love. Despite exploring the same theme as Intro: Serendipity I found the lyrics of DNA more cringe-worthy and cheesy, perhaps because the song lacks the simplicity and sincerity of Intro: Serendipity.

1.5 microphones
Overall, I didn’t like this song a lot simply because it’s not a style of music I enjoy listening to. However, if you are a fan of upbeat and cheesy pop with an EDM influence, then this may well be the song for you.
The lyrics don’t do anything for me, but the parts which I pointed out earlier that I did really enjoy raised the rating of this song from a 1/5 to a 1.5/5.

Want to listen to the full song? Check out this live performance!


TRACK 3- Best of Me


Best of Me is a b-side track off of this album for which The Chainsmokers helped produce the beat.

  • features The Chainsmokers, and the beat sounds like a Chainsmokers beat
  • too repetitive, cliched and predictable
  • really not for me

“It was raining, it was snowing, but all unhappiness stopped, you brought heaven to me”.

Best of Me is a cheesy love song.

Unfortunately, some of the lyrics in this song just irk me. For example the line “because without you there’s no me” . I hate the romanticising of love that is just so overwhelming that you forget who you are as your own person.

It is important to retain a sense of self and individuality in a relationship and, like many love songs, Best of Me seems to have fallen in to the trap of taking love and passion too far. Apart from this, it’s also a massive cliché and not at all original or interesting.

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Overall, even though EDM is not my type of music, I don’t think this is a particularly good EDM song either. Additionally, after looking at the lyrics I began to dislike this song anymore, resulting in me rating it 0/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video. 


TRACK 4- dimple


dimple (also known as Illegal) features all four vocalists of the group: Jungkook, Jimin, V, and Jin.

  • future bass sound (EDM/pop sub-genre)
  • not a massive fan of the instrumentation
  • actual melody not pleasing, don’t enjoy the interjections (e.g. at 1:55) as they break the flow of the song

“That dimple is illegal”

The lyrics are quite boring and typical of a cheesy love song. It’s also repetitive with not much variation except for two small sections, which often puts me off a song.

I don’t know whether puns like “I call you illegirl” made this song better or worse, although they are funny in a dad-joke type of way.

1 microphone out of 5
Overall, the song was just whatever and quite easy for me to overlook. I expect it could appeal to some people’s personal preferences as it isn’t a bad song, the sound just wasn’t for me and I’m generally not a fan of cheesy or repetitive lyrics. Hence, I give it a 1/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D version!


TRACK 5- Pied Piper


Pied Piper is a diss tack with a twist: rather than dissing the haters, this song disses the fans!

  • nu-disco sound
  • catchy and repetitive instrumentation
  • high-pitched vocals (e.g. at 2:44)
  • annoying if over-played, otherwise quite fun

“…start studying for the exams, your parents and boss* hate me”

Although BTS has written many diss tracks in the past, this is the first time they’ve written one towards their fans. This song displays the kind of down-to-earth sense of humour which makes everyone fall in love with the members.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
Despite my great love for the lyrics, I am only going to give it 3/5 simply because the song itself is not the most listenable. The song is great in small quantities, but if you listen to it too often you could end up with a headache!

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


*note: the Korean word 부장님 can mean boss, director (e.g. of a school), manager etc.


TRACK 6- MIC Drop


This is another diss track, this time targeting the haters and doubters. A remixed version of this song featuring Steve Aoki was released in November 2017.


note: in this post, I will be reviewing the original version.


  • trap beat
  • hip-hop diss track along the line of the Cyphers
  • highlights the excellent rapping skills of the group

I particularly love Suga’s verse at 1:07.

“Sorry mom, your son’s too hot”

In terms of lyrics, Suga’s verse at 1:07 is once again my favourite, with lines that are at once scathing, boastful and vulnerable. For example, the reference to Suga’s parent’s lack of support for his chosen career path, makes this song particularly special for those who are familiar with the rapper’s story.

However, generally speaking, this song lacks some of the clever word play which I so enjoyed in Cypher pt. 3 and the lyrics could have been better.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
In conclusion, whilst the song itself is very good, some of the lyrics do leave something to be desired and there was little that was particularly outstandinghence I am giving it 3/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out the music video for the Steve Aoki remix!


TRACK 7- Go Go


Go Go is a song which criticises society, something which has become a trademark of BTS albums and sets them apart from many other artists.

  • hip-hop song
  • boasts catchy tune and overall feel-good sound
  • rap verses mix smoothly with the vocals
  • no sections stand out as particularly impressive or interesting
  • annoying if listen to often

One of the group’s most goofy tracks to date, this song seems playful and fun, but actually addresses the struggles of today’s youth.

This dissonance between sound and meaning is entirely intentional and is reflected in the lyrics, helping to communicate that beyond materialism and shallow phrases like “YOLO”, is a much darker and more painful truth about the hardships of being a young person in society.

RM has said: “In Korea, YOLO has become a big key word for young people because we don’t have money and it’s really hard to get a chance to earn a lot of money.” Read more on this here.

2.5 microphones
Overall, this song has an important and complex meaning, and an egaging sound, although I find it can be a little bit annoying if you listen to it often. I also think that without knowing the meaning, I would not appreciate the song as much as I do due to the repetitive chorus. This repetitiveness is intentional and helps deliver the message of the song, but in terms of listening experience it isn’t the best. Hence, I give the song 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this special Halloween-edition dance practice! (Dance starts at 1:38.)


TRACK 8- Outro: Her


Outro: Her features BTS’ three rappers: RM, J-Hope and Suga.

The rap line’s unit songs are usually a hit or miss for me. Not because I don’t like the rap line, because I love them, but simply because I’m not the biggest fan of rap. I like rap in songs, but I struggle to listen to a whole song of just rapping. Hence, the instrumentation becomes really important.

  • rap is okay
  • dislike the instrumentation, which made me dislike the entire song

“All of my wonder, the answer to that,  I call you her, her, ’cause you’re my tear, tear”

The lyrics, however, are very clever. Not so much in terms of the meaning in relation to society or anything else, but in their subtle hints towards the rest of the Love Yourself era.

1 microphone out of 5
Overall, whilst this single line impressed me a lot, the song simply wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the beat and found the song too repetitive. Hence, I give the song a 1/5.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


I found this album disappointing. There were a few good songs,  but there were too many songs with sappy, cheesy lyrics and annoying or displeasing instrumentation.

Although the whole point of the album was to explore the happy, loving and exciting parts of young love, the album often felt stale and clichéd.

I would have loved to see BTS take a fresh and insightful view on happy love like they do with all of their other concepts, but the route they went feels insincere and unsatisfactory to me. The kind of love explored also felt a little bit unhealthy in some of the songs, as I mentioned previously.

In the context of the entire trilogy, it could be argued that the reason they went this route was to show how this kind of all-consuming love eventually develops into something negative (see my review for Love Yourself  ‘Tear’ tomorrow), and if this is the case then it makes me like the album a bit more and has caused me to increase my rating a little bit,

Overall, this album was not the best album from BTS and I’m giving it a 1.5/5.

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If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 1.5 star album rating means I liked some of the songs, but not all, and that either the cohesiveness or variety or music quality was good. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my introduction to BTS and stay tuned for more BTS posts to come!


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. This is the beginning of a series for the next couple of days, so watch out for my breakdown of my favourite BTS songs as well as reviews of the rest of the Love Yourself trilogy!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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an introduction to BTS

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on Twitter you wouldn’t know but this week’s them is “rags to riches”. As a special surprise, I will be posting every single day this week except for Sunday and Monday through Friday will be dedicated to BTS, a band that went from being nobodies to one of the biggest boy groups in the world.

Today isn’t for sharing the best BTS has to offer, but rather giving you a general overview of who they are, who the members are and a little bit about their discography! Stay tuned until the end of the post because I’ve recommend a couple of videos that you definitely don’t want to miss! So without further ado, this is BTS!

disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I got something wrong, please let me know! 


Who are BTS?


BTS are a 7 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for complex concepts and storylines linking much of their discography and for addressing important social issues in their music.

In recent years, BTS have taken these positive messages to another level, such as collaborating with UNICEF for the LOVE MYSELF campaign which is intended to help end violence. The group is also known for producing their own music.

BTS was originally intended to be a hip hop group, but their company (Big Hit Entertainment) then decided to debut them as a K-Pop group. Their company was very small and they struggled a lot at the beginning of  their career, making their current success even sweeter. Their fans are called ARMY.


Meet the members of BTS


namjoon.jpgRM (formerly: Rap Monster)

RM (born: Kim Namjoon) is the leader of the group. He is also the main rapper and participated in the Korean underground rap scene before becoming an idol. He helps write and produce most of BTS’ music.

RM was born on the 12th of September 1994 and is known for his clumsiness and his kind, well-spoken and wise nature. RM is the only member with fluent English and taught himself by watching the popular sitcom “Friends”.

Check out the music video for the song “Do You” off of RM’s 2015 mixtape RM!


jin.jpegJin

Jin (born: Kim Seokjin) is the oldest member of the group and also the visual. Apart from this, he is also one of the vocalist‘s of the group and is learning to play the guitar.

Jin was born on the 4th of December 1992 and is known for his love of flying kisses and dad jokes, as well as his impressive cooking ability. He has a bachelor’s degree in acting and is currently pursuing his master’s. He also has two sugar gliders.

Check out the music video for Jin’s song “Intro: Epiphany” off of BTS’ 2018 album LY ‘Answer’!


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Suga (born: Min Yoongi) was an underground rapper before becoming the lead rapper of the BTS. He plays the piano and was one of 25 songwriters and producers to be made a full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association in January 2018.

Suga was born on the 9th of March 1993 and is known for his tsundere personality, his savageness and his love for sleep. He has suffered from mental health problems in the past, and often tries to support others through difficult times through his music.

Check out the music video for the song “Agust D” off Suga’s 2016 mixtape Agust D!


j-hopeJ-Hope

J-Hope (born: Jung Hoseok) is a main dancer, rapper and sub-vocalist. He was a locally famous street performer before joining BTS and also helps contribute to some of BTS’ choreography.

J-Hope was born on the 18th of February 1994 and is known for his sunshine personality and extravagant sense of humour. He has declared that he aspires to be a beacon of hope and positivity for those who are stressed and worried.

Check out the music video for the song “Daydream” off of J-Hope’s 2018 mixtape Hope World!


jimin.jpgJimin

Jimin (born: Park Jimin) is the other main dancer of BTS, as well as the lead vocalist. Jimin was a top contemporary dance studio at his art’s high school and can often be found singing the highest notes in BTS songs.

Jimin was born on the 13th of October 1995 and is known for his sweet nature and eye-smile, his dual personality (adorable off stage, with a deadly charisma on stage) and for being a hard-working perfectionist. Luckily, Jimin isn’t quite so hard on himself now as he was when he was younger!

Check out the music video for Jimin’s song “Intro: Serendipity” off of BTS’ 2017 album LY ‘Her’!


aea0c7f1c9de95e2e0f7596af6ed043b.jpgV

V (born: Kim Taehyung) is a vocalist with a deep, soulful voice and, as of 2018, a member of the dance line. V was named the most handsome man of 2018 by T C Candler and also had a supporting role in the 2016 TV series “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”.

V was born on the 30th of December 1995 and is known for his creativity and unique ways of thinking, as well as his love for photography, fine arts and Gucci clothes. He is a sweet man who loves kids and his puppy Yeontan.

Check out the music video for V’s song “Intro: Singularity” off of BTS’ 2018 album LY ‘Tear’!


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Jungkook (born: Jeon Jeongguk) is the main vocalist of the group as well as lead dancer. He has recently become interested in song production and also enjoys video editing.

Jungkook was born on the 1st of September 1997 and is the youngest member of the group. He is nicknamed the Golden Maknae* because he is good at everything. He loves (and excels at) not only performing arts, but also sports and gaming.

Check out Jungkook performing his song “Begin” off of BTS’ 2016 album Wings!


*note: maknae= youngest


BTS’ Discography


BTS has an extensive discography, including 10 albums, 4 repackaged albums, 2 Japanese albums and 3 solo mixtapes (one for each rapper). Their discography can be split into four distinct sections: their hip-hop era, the HYYH era, the Wings era and the Love Yourself era.


note: please click the caption button for English subtitles on the videos below.


THE HIP HOP ERA

BTS debuted in 2013 with a hip-hop based sound which they kept throughout their 2013 and 2014 albums. Some tracks tackled social issues, whilst others were songs about love, some happier than others.

  • debut song, the title track of 2 Cool 4 Skool
  • hip-hop
  • talks about pursuing your dream and doing your best for yourself without judging others

THE HYYH ERA

“HYYH” stands for 花樣年華 (Hwa Yong Yeon Hwa), meaning “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life”, which is the name of BTS’ 2015 albums and their 2016 repackaged album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. With this era, BTS started branching out from their signature hip hop style.

  • the title track of The Most Beautiful Moment of Life pt.1 
  • hip hop, dance pop and R&B fusion
  • talks about needing the support of those you love (be that friends, family or a lover) and the anxiety of trying to hold onto a love and youth that cannot last.

THE WINGS ERA

The Wings era spans the end of 2016 and the first half of 2017. This era is the shortest of them all, consisting of only one album, Wings, and a repackaged edition, You Never Walk Alone. The group continued to explore different genres in this era and the albums featured a solo song for each member.

  • the title track of Wings
  • moombahton* trap with a reggae base
  • about temptation and a willingness to sacrifice everything for something, inspired by the book Demian by Hermann Hesse

*moombahton is a fusion of reggae and tropical house

THE LOVE YOURSELF ERA

This era spans the end of 2017 to the middle of 2018 and contained the largest variety of music styles of any era to this point. This era consisted of two albums and a repackaged album, talking about the positives of love, the negatives, and finally calling us to love ourselves.

  • the title track of Love Yourself ‘Her’
  • future bass*
  • DNA talks about a destined, overwhelming, world-changing romance

*future bass is a type of EDM with some influences from dubstep

MIXTAPES

Each of the rappers have released a mixtape and earlier this year Jungkook teased that he might be next^.


HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!


note: these are not music videos.

THE BEST INTRODUCTION VIDEO I’VE FOUND:
THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE AMAZING:
AND RM HAS A KNACK FOR SPEECHES THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO CRY:
BECAUSE PUPPIES:

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe learned something!

Are you excited to listen to some of BTS’ music now? Or are you already a fan? Please let me know what you thought and leave me a comment if you have any questions… I’ll do my best to answer them!

Thank you for reading this post today!  Watch out for tomorrow’s post on my favourite BTS songs of all time! Happy listening, Keira x.

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2 Books the World Needs to Read

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing with you two books that I feel are really important and life-changing.


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay HuntThis book is a middle grade novel and the main character has dyslexia. My younger sister has dyslexia and this really gave me a new perspective on her experience and was very eye-opening.

“Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.” (Goodreads)


 

Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little


Dear World, How Are You? by Toby LittleThis is a collection of heart-warming letters from a little boy to people all around the world and is honestly just a beautiful book.

“With the help of his mum, Toby started handwriting and posting letters to everyone from research scientists in Antarctica to game-keepers in Chad and even the Pope. Not only did Toby achieve his goal but the world wrote back.

Dear World, How Are You? is a collection of the most fascinating and heart-warming letters he sent and received. It shows that the world is only as big as your imagination and is full of potential friends, waiting to be discovered, no matter where you live.” (Goodreads)


And that’s it! Thank you for reading this post 🙂

What books do you think are really important? Let me know by leaving a comment below and maybe I’ll read them!

Happy reading, Keira x.


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5 Socially Critical Songs You Should Listen To

Hi everyone! Welcome to a new week and a new theme! Check out my twitter for the announcement of the theme each week. Today I’m going to be talking about songs which have something to say about the state of the world when they were released.


Neck Deep- Happy Judgement Day


Starting off the list, we have a very recent and very political song from 2017. The song connects to me on a personal level and, I think, may well resonate with you as well, talking about how the world feels like it’s going downhill. So much progress has been made in terms of equality and peace, but recent events such as Donald Trump being elected president and BREXIT seem to be taking us a step back. This song addresses those issues and feelings.


BTS- Go Go


BTS is known for writing songs which are both socially conscious and socially critical. Go Go criticises society for creating a situation in which the current generation can only spend their money, thinking “YOLO” because life is difficult and few people can get stable jobs which they enjoy doing. This is, according to the group, a particularly hot topic in South Korea at the moment. The group has also mentioned that people throw around terms like “no regrets” or “YOLO” all the time, and get criticised for it, but no one really stops to think about why those sayings and behaviours have become so popular.


The Black Eyed Peas- Where is The Love?


Going back a little bit older, this song criticises society for focusing on major problems elsewhere in the world but turning a blind eye to the issues the people closer to home are facing. The Black Eyed Peas call the government and society hypocritical for preaching love and peace when they themselves are hateful and violent.


VROMANCE- The Jobless


Even without English subtitles, the first few english words of this song already make it incredibly relatable. This is song about the difficulty of finding a job after university and feeling like everyone around you is getting on with their careers and being successful, whilst you are being left behind.


Emeli Sandé- Read All About It, pt. III


Possibly the most emotionally raw song on this list and perhaps one of the most positive in a way, Read All About It is a powerful and inspiring song about the power of knowledge and speaking your mind about what you believe and how that can change the world.


And that’s it! Do you know any other songs that critique our society?

What did you think of these songs? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


If you have any requests for other reviews (be that books or music, old or new), leave me a comment below, pop me an email or go here for more information.

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Also make sure to follow me on Twitter to see what the new theme is each week, follow this blog so you’re notified when I next post, and add me on Spotify (I’ll add you back and we can see what sort of songs each other listen to)!

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