Love Yourself: Tear (a messy review, part two)

1. Intro: Singularity

  • Tae’s silky voice fits this kind of sound so well.
  • The backing vocals near the end…i love.
  • Would a V x Sabrina Claudio collab be too much to ask? Lol

2. Fake Love

  • The guitars!!!
  • Kim Seokjin’s voice is a gift from the heavens.
  • LOVE YOU SO BAD LOVE YOU SO BAD
  • The hook is so so so so catchy.


3. The Truth Untold ft. Steve Aoki

  • So far from what I expected from a song featuring Steve Aoki, but it’s a good surprise.
  • Vocal line slaying as usual.
  • IT HURTS SO MUCH OH MY GOD
  • How JK sang “You know that I can’t / show you me / give you me”. It’s heartbreaking. Like he’s devastated. It’s so good I want to cry.
  • Play this live with an orchestra + those A+ vocals = an ocean of tears
  • I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH
  • JK’s adlibs pls


4. 134340

  • I WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH
  • The flutes!!!
  • Reminded me of Childish Gambino’s Kauai, a lil bit.
  • The lyrics tho!!!
  • This song is kinda a big mood.


5. Paradise

  • 2000s RnB I love
  • I NEEDED THIS SONG SO MUCH THANK YOU BTS
  • I wanna tattoo the lyrics on my forehead. It’s that good.
  • MNEK is part of the production of this song. Need I say more? I love him sm okay


6. Love Maze

  • ANOTHER 2000s RnB BANGER
  • Perfect for karaoke nights, tbh
  • I can easily imagine Mariah or Ariana singing along to this


7. Magic Shop

  • First of all, I want to thank Jeon Jungkook for making this song possible.
  • JHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE
  • I can’t move on from Hoseok singing.
  • JIMIIIIIIIIIIIIN
  • We’re each other’s Magic Shop. I’m. In tears.


8. Airplane Pt. 2

  • AAAAAAHHHHH TANGO YAAAAAAS
  • If this is the song in our ballroom dance topic in PE class, I’d gladly dance (and give my dignity up).
  • HOSEOK’S VERSE PLS
  • EL MARIACHI EL MARIACHI EL MARIACHI


9. Anpanman

  • A HYPE SONG AAAYYYYEEE
  • So cute :((((
  • The references I love it
  • Attack on Bangtan vibes ✨✨✨


10. So What

  • HOUSE AAAAYYYYEEE
  • Another hype song I love it
  • I’m living for the pre-chorus
  • I kinda expected a bigger drop. But. The gentle drop is good.
  • NAMJOON’S VERSE
  • This song is perfect for rave parties!!
  • I used to listen to a lot of EDM before, especially house, at a point of my life that’s nice and simpler than it is now. And. This song reminds me of that, so it’s an instant feel-good song. Also the lyrics!!! It’s a lift-up song. I love.


11. Outro: Tear

  • IT GOES SO HARD
  • RAP LINE DID IT AGAIN
  • YOONGI IS SINGING!!!!!! OH MY GOD (also that backing track in some parts of his verse??? I love.)
  • So good what the heck
  • The lyrics. It’s sad and angry and resigned all at the same time??? Like, you saw the real me and I knew that you wouldn’t like it if ever, that you’ll leave but it’s still hurts. And like the music is masking that hurt with anger (bc that music is intense and it goes hard af) but yeah, it still shows the sadness and vulnerability.


General comments:

  • Singing an octave higher esp. Jin (Paradise, Fake Love)
  • The lyrics. Boy, it’s beautiful. Most of them are vulnerable. And sad. But it’s still beautiful. Especially with Fake Love, Truth Untold, Outro: Tear—it’s giving off this vibe that “I can’t show you the real me, I want to still be with you, I know you’ll leave once I show the true me, but still.”
  • The references in the lyrics and MV—the magic shop, anpanman, and 134340. Aaaaaaahhhhh
  • RAP LINE SLAYS, AS ALWAYS. They showed a variety of styles and flows in this album.
  • This group have seven vocalists, no one can change my mind.
  • THE “SUGA” WHISPER BEFORE EVERY SUGA VERSE OH MY GOD WHY ARE YOU SO DISRESPECTFUL!!!! Lol love u
  • Despite the genre-hopping, it still flows so smoothly. It’s a crazy af emotional roller coaster ride, though. *insert JHope VLive system shutdown gif here*
  • The fact that they had producers—producers that are well-versed in the songs they helped produce—are nice. It shows that they gave careful thought and are considerate, especially to the cultures the genres they delved into are included in. It’s respectful and also made the songs sound more authentic.

My top 5 songs (after a lot of deliberation, bc damn it’s hard to pick favorites):

  1. The Truth Untold
  2. Singularity
  3. Paradise
  4. Outro: Tear
  5. Magic Shop

I see comments that they think Bangtan are losing their creative control in their music because they had a lot of other producers come in. That they sound “American”, whatever that means, and that they’re changing, losing the “Bangtan” sound, whatever that means.

For the creative control and producers thing, see the last bullet on my general comments. That would suffice, I guess. 

For the last part, they’re venturing to different genres and sound, because why the hell not? They’re artists. It’s natural to try out different stuff. And to be honest, those who want Bangtan to sound thesame album after album after album are the ones not giving them creative control. There, I said it.

And lastly, this album is such a joy to listen to—a roller coaster ride, a buffet with variety of choices, and is vvv relatable, tbh. 

We show different sides (or masks) of themselves to different people, depending on what we think appeals to those persons. And then sometimes, we wonder, “would they still like me if they I show my other facets, too? Or would they dislike it and leave?” It applies to every relationship we have—friends, family, lovers, etc. It’s a fear maybe most people have, and for it to be expressed and somehow, give this vibe that we’re not alone in this fear and for the album to give a little reassurance, it’s a big thing. So thanks. ❤️

So yeah, I’m done rambling. If you’re reading this, thanks for reading through all of this. If you disagree with anything that I said, sorry then lol. Taste is subjective, after all. Remember that before you attack anyone lololol.

Ok now I’m really done. Thanks.

Talk soon. xx

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