After a few hours of note taking and listening to my standard study music, I decided to browse Spotify. It had been a while since I heard any new K-pop and scrolled through the page. That’s when I saw it. Right there under the New Release title, Love Yourself: Her, BTS’s newest album was sitting there, waiting for me to give it hours of my life. So here I am, ready to give you my thoughts on my newest album obsession.
While I enjoy K-pop a lot, I don’t actually speak any Korean. Trust me, I’m working on it. Because of this, my review won’t be as in-depth as some other awesome reviews you can find. I’m just a fan and would love to connect with other fans and maybe broaden someone’s musical horizon.
Before I jump into my thoughts on the album, let me give you a basic run down on what K-pop is and who BTS are. K-pop is the shortened way of saying Korean pop music. It’s a growing genre in other countries and with BTS, it’s becoming mainstream. BTS, depending on who you ask, stands for a lot of different things. The version I’m most familiar with is Bangtan Boys. They’re a Korean boy band that are breaking through the international barrier with a Billboard Music Award to back them up.
To start, this album was a lot shorter than I expected. Being a mini album, it’s only listed to last for 30 minutes on Spotify. Fans are expecting another installment early next year so don’t panic, there’s plenty of BTS to go around. I really don’t consider the length to be a problem, I prefer quality over quantity. BTS delivered quality.
This album incorporates EDM elements more than the previous ones have. I think this is a smart move for the group to make it big in other countries, and that’s proving to be true. By making it a more universal sound, some day-one fans might be upset. Personally, I love the sound as much as I love the other albums and if this gives some people who are hesitant about K-Pop a way to break into it, I’m all for it.
Alright, let’s get into a song break down.
- Serendipity. This song starts the album off with a sweetly soft bang. Boy Meets Evil kicked Wings off with a dramatic and intense number that led into the album perfectly. With a lot to live up to, Serendipity holds its own. This song is all about love and highlights the voice of Jimin. It’s a good way to start the album and it’s a song I think most people will enjoy.
- DNA. For the big single of the album, this song rocks. This song is also about love but takes an energetic pop approach compared to slow Serendipity. This song style is close to that of Blood Sweat & Tears, but with a bit more EDM mixed in. Not only is the song good, the choreography is exciting with a strong build that gets more and more interesting even up to the end.
- Best of Me. Slowing down just a bit from DNA, we get another song about love. Are you detecting a pattern here? This song sounds like a generic radio hit with even more EDM mixed in. I still really enjoy this song, but this one is where I can understand the ARMY getting upset over the originality in their favorite K-Pop group disappearing. That being said, this is still a great song and one you can really dance to in the car.
- Dimple. I bet you can’t guess what this song is about. Spoiler, it’s love. The lyrics are a bit cheesy in this one and it mirrors the radio hit EDM trend they’re following. It’s not a stand out song for me, but still is so catchy it’s another traffic hour jam to dance to.
- Pied Piper. This song is a slower song with some really unique sounds mixed in. This one may seem safe from your first listen through, but the more you listen, the more hidden gems pop out at you. This is definitely an interesting song thrown in right before their skit.
- Skit. In the past, BTS has included skits into their albums. While I usually skip them since I can’t understand the language, I really love the flow of this album with the skit. It serves as a great transition into their next song and lets the shift in theme happen with ease.
- Mic Drop. Now this is classic BTS. Very reminiscent of Silver Spoon and Cypher 4, this song is all about hip hop and attitude. It’s a big jump from Pied Piper but the skit in between the songs creates a fun transition from love to brass sass. If we’re going to discuss choreography for any song, it has to be this one. The comeback show performance was full of attitude and ridiculously cool moves. This is definitely a stand out song for me and one I replay as much as DNA.
- Go Go. This is an insanely fun song. It has that unique BTS sound we love with goofy and relatable lyrics. Not only is the song adorable, the choreography is cute and still delivers some great moves. The song and performance shows the silly side of BTS, which fans should enjoy, I know I do. Like Mic Drop, Go Go is another stand out song and refreshing break from the love theme.
- Her. Alright, back to the sweet love songs, this one is a great way to wrap up this mini album. It’s a lot like Pied Piper in that it may seem safe but it really has a unique sound. While it’s a good bow on top to finish the album, it also sounds like a good way to lead into whatever other music they’ll be releasing next year.
Overall, this album is a great win for BTS and it’s showing on the charts. With some really strong numbers and some that are great to sing along and dance to, Love Yourself: Her is a just a good time. If you’re looking for a way to break into K-pop or are slightly interested, I think this is the album to start with.
Let me know what you think of the album and if you have any recommendations for me. I’m always on the hunt for more music, even if it might take me weeks to stop playing BTS on repeat. See you soon!