Updated: 5 days ago
This series explores the most critical aspect of an artist's work- a studio album!
For this series, I review studio albums that deserve a score from 8.5-10 (out of 10). These are my opinions, so don't expect anything factual.
This also means excluding any albums that aren't counted as studio albums (i.e. single, mini, repackage, etc.).
Track 1: Boy Meets Evil
Boy Meets Evil is J-Hope's solo track, serving as the album's intro. BTS' main dancer ambitiously sing-raps his way through this haunting track, delivering a dramatic buildup before an explosive EDM drop. It's not a full song, but the production here is outstanding, starting Wings on a high note.
Track 2: Blood Sweat & Tears
Blood Sweat & Tears is BTS' most artful single, blending moombahton and tropical house to create a gorgeous soundscape. The pre-chorus is breathtaking, courtesy of the vocalists and structure. Jimin, specifically, caught my ears with his pretty voice. The song's ultimate trump card, though, is the infamous drop. It's the case of transforming something trendy into something outstanding!
Track 3: Begin
This is when we learn more about each member as a soloist. We begin the "Seven-course meal" with Jungkook's Begin (see what I did there?). There are some tasteful instrumental moments, but the composition is head-scratching at times. Luckily, Jungkook keeps it afloat with his infectious voice!
Track 4: Lie
Outside of the single, Jimin's Lie has to be my favorite song from the album. It's all thanks to the dramatic nature of this non-mainstream b-side and Jimin's alluring vocal tone. His key change from the pre-chorus to the chorus is magnificent, and the frantic bridge is also a noteworthy highlight!
Track 5: Stigma
A track like Stigma brings the best out of V as a vocalist. His deep, compelling voice matches well with a slow, groovy production like this one. Additionally, V shows he can do more than sing in his normal range.
Track 6: First Love
Orchestral rap First Love pairs Suga's profound delivery with a stirring instrumental, providing potent emotions throughout its runtime. The song starts with a peaceful piano-driven composition before exploding into a dramatic combination of Suga's rapping and strings, offering chilling intensity!
Track 7: Reflection
I wouldn't listen to Reflection during my spare time, but the track's introspective nature is enough to keep me satisfied. The instrumental hook delivers solid escapism.
Track 8: MAMA
This seems to be the era for J-Hope, as he's the only member with two solo tracks. MAMA is different from Boy Meets Evil, delivering a fun, upbeat urban composition that fits J-Hope's sunny personality.
Track 9: Awake
Driven by emotive strings and Jin's angelic voice, Awake arrives as a powerfully graceful ballad that effectively ends this chain of solo tracks. Jin's underappreciated voice is on display here, and the song's chorus soars through the sky!
Track 10: Lost
It's time for the vocal and rap lines to shine with their tracks. First is the vocal line with their song Lost. All I can say about this is it's a freaking bop!
Track 11: Cypher 4
After the amazing vocal line track, the rap line arrives with Cypher 4. However, this is my least favorite song from the album (and quite possibly BTS' entire discography). The instrumental is the main reason why I dislike this track.
Track 12: Am I Wrong?
I'm not a big fan of Am I Wrong?, though I appreciate how fun and quirky this country blues-inspired song sounds.
Track 13: 21st Century Girls
21st Century Girls is another track I wouldn't listen to on repeat. Even though it's full of energy, the instrumental isn't satisfying.
Track 14: 2! 3!
2! 3! is a lovely song for the ARMY fanbase. There's an undeniable warmth during the chorus, creating the perfect atmosphere to take it all in. But you know what a track like this needs? An emotional, concert-ready climax, which the song thankfully has!
Track 15: Interlude: Wings
How do you effectively end an album? With an infectious dance track, of course! While relatively short, Interlude: Wings is energetic enough to provide a great listening experience. It’s the right way to end a lucrative album.
Overall Rating: 9/10
My top 3 Favorites: Blood Sweat & Tears, Lie, Lost