White Wind is the fourth and final installment of Mamamoo’s Four Seasons project which started in Spring of 2018. This album is WheeIn’s album and has a white colour theme.
There are six tracks on the album, including one title track with a music video, one other promoted track, and a solo by WheeIn. The album blends the liveliness of RED MOON with the more relaxed sounds of Yellow Flower and BLUE;S in a culmination of the project that ties all of the albums together.
BLUE;S was released in November 2018, making it the third installment in the group’s 4 Seasons project. This was Solar’s album and contains a solo song by her, along with four other tracks, two of which were promoted.
This album has a more mature and understated wintery feel, a long way from the summery, vibrant vibe of RED MOON. As suits a title named BLUE;S, this album contains all of the songs you could possibly need for when you’re feeling down.
GOT7’s newest album PRESENT: YOU & ME was released on the 3rd of December 2018 and is a repackage album, combining all of the songs from the previous album with new songs and previously unreleased songs.
As such, the album has a wide variety of music and also showcases the musical tastes of each member through unit songs and solos. I will be reviewing all of the the songs on this album!
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 DNAmore cringe-worthy and cheesy, perhaps because the song lacks the simplicity and sincerity of Intro: Serendipity.
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.
“…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 轉 ‘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.
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).
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.
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!
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