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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 here. You can also find lyrics for all of BTS’ other songs on colorcodedlyrics.com as well!
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.
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?
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. 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?!
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