MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 271 ratings
2019 Ratings: #286
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.

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.

50
The Needle Drop

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

BradTasteMusic
NR
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
zachthesnack
5
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING

Note: anything we can do to prevent future occurances of this magnitude, im all for, it has been getting progressively worse since the year has started and its a damn shame because this is a really amazing site full of a lot of awesome and unique individuals, it just kind of sucks when you put a lot of work into something and try to make it the most authentic representation of everyones taste and music opinions and then something like this happens and completely skews ... 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
Atrocityblubber
0
Are you fucking kidding me
thomasny18
NR
The ratings from BTS stans seems to have disappeared! I just want to say thank you to Rob because this must've been an absolute nightmare to sort out.

I haven't listened actually listened to this EP yet, hence why there currently isn't a score. Who knows, maybe it's a masterpiece, but these stans really have put me off it. Not all are awful. I actually had a bit of a conversation with one in the comments of this review and one other also started reviewing other stuff, though I don't think they ... read more
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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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