AOTY 2019

MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 485 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1106
April 12, 2019 / Release Date
EP / Format
BigHit Entertainment / Label
K-Pop, Dance Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The Line of Best Fit

They’re not hiding behind any persona, what they’re sharing here is genuine.

91
Consequence of Sound

With Map of the Soul : Persona, they deliver a ready-for-action EP, hopping easily between genres like hip-hop, rock, R&B, and trap in a multifaceted exploration inside the lives and hearts of one of the biggest boy bands on Earth.

80
AllMusic

Although it's only the first piece of the puzzle, on its own, Map of the Soul: Persona is a fitting celebration for a group at the top of their game.

80
NME

Eight months on from their last album, the Bangtan Boys explore the idea of artist versus idol, roping in a couple of high-profile cameos – from Halsey to Ed Sheeran – to craft a record that sees them continuing to raise the bar.

80
Highsnobiety

Fans probably decided that PERSONA is a masterpiece and a must-have long before it actually came out. However, in this case, the actual contents of the album back this up entirely, managing in just seven tracks what plenty of other bands fail to achieve throughout their entire career.

70
The 405

Map of the Soul: Persona is a bold, if tempered, call to Western media.

61
Pitchfork

BTS have already proven themselves, but on PERSONA, the band spends too much time looking back and not enough time being the K-pop superheroes the world deserves.

60
The Independent
It’s forgivable right now but you get the impression that, in order for BTS to appease a crowd larger than their die-hard fanbase, a more ambitious approach to production to match their admirable one to songwriting would be a reassuring move.
60
The Guardian

Anyone outside of the BTS Army might struggle to grasp what differentiates them from the rest of 2019’s pop landscape.

60
Rolling Stone

this is one of BTS’ droopier releases.

60
Clash

‘MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA’ is a valiant, and partly successful attempt from K-pop’s biggest band to move forward in their music.

50
The Needle Drop

Persona is missing the dramatic punch of BTS's previous work.

peachym0chi
NR
Hmmm what’s bothering me is people not giving an honest review. Some of you giving them a low review just because you don’t like the fan base which is unfair. Also why do people keep mentioning bots, quit it and start acknowledge the huge achievements they made. Now I personally love the album and think it’s one of their best. I find it’s amazing how they were able to reference singing in the rain in their music video. It’s nice to see artists staying true to ... read more
BradTasteMusic
48
I had a funny review where I gave this a 0, and I had a clever comment but honestly... giving this a 0 was what started this nonsense. We are no better than the bots if we spam albums with 0s.

I’m going to keep reviewing music as I do, and I’m going to stop doing the Devs job. I ask my fellow community to do the same. Let them have their K Pop albums, Ariana Grande albums, Marina albums, and whatever else they desire

It won’t stop us from listening to music and building our ... read more
ThrowBackG
20
*Notice*
While I do think there's a beauty in supporting artists and keeping the legitimacy of a website intact, I do believe the time and energy being used to do so (currently) is in the wrong areas. So below the review are a few links. One is the official AOTY donation page. Because giving a 0 to the album to counteract the "bots" does no service to the site in the long run. Especially towards the people who actually run the site. The second being NARF or the Native Americans ... read more
PipePanic
0
Hey new BTS fans/bots! Welcome to the site! A lot of people are coming at you with rightful vitriol, and i'm not gonna be treating you any differently with how you've treated this site recently. However, instead of saying "GET OUT YOUR FUNDAMENTALLY DAMAGING THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS SITE AND STAGNATING IT'S POTENTIAL GROWTH JUST SO YOU CAN CRUSH ON YOUR UWU QUIRKY K-POP GROUP", i'd just like to very quickly say that this site has a lot of people who care very much deeply for the ... read more
smallpeeble
25
"I don’t know how this app works and I’ll probably never use it again."

@Jhshopeworld - 90% of og aoty users would not agree if ever Map of the Soul: Persona will be the 2019 aoty. this isnt supposed to happen. and in behalf of aoty, i think you all, BTS STANS, went to wrong music website and for you all to know, AOTY is not a fan base website just to rate automatic '100'. it's sad to say that y'all probably never use aoty ever again..
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Year End Lists

#32/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Intro : Persona
  2. Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)
  3. Mikrokosmos
  4. Make It Right
  5. HOME
  6. Jamais vu
  7. Dionysus
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