MAP OF THE SOUL : 7

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : 7
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #329 / 493
User Score
Based on 452 ratings
2020 Ratings: #810
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February 21, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Line of Best Fit

It is an impressive, exciting and moving album with slick production, accompanied by thought-provoking art, but it is so much more than a shiny pop album.

83
Consequence of Sound

BTS are both the world’s biggest and most interesting act in pop music right now: 7 solidifies this position and smartly looks towards the future.

80
The Independent

As a full album, 7 shows how determined the band are to make this record as cinematic and immersive an experience as possible.

80
Clash

Although the sound of the album is wide-ranging, it holds continuity through its lyrics and general sentiment.

80
NME

This is an album full of big ideas, strong conviction and unguarded emotion, produced by a band who have every right to be proud of their journey.

80
AllMusic

With each album, they continue on the path of self-discovery and maturity, pulling off yet another effortless display of pop prowess without forgetting the fans that have helped them along the way.

80
Exclaim!

The group made a conscious decision to experiment and give more of themselves rather than a rinse and repeat of what's worked before.

80
Rolling Stone

The K-Pop boy band’s latest blockbuster is full of stylistic experiments that all flow together.

80
The Young Folks

Their latest album showcases the K-pop group embracing a more mature sound that both reflects on their past while looking to the future with equal measures earned trepidation and practiced brazenness.

63
Pitchfork

The K-pop group’s latest is part memoir, part fan service, and part amateur psych eval. They can still tap into something enchanting, but the glimpses of personality here are fleeting.

50
The Needle Drop

While it has quite a few highlights, Map of the Soul: 7 is bogged down in some of the most derivative and thankless songs of BTS's career.

20
The Arts Desk

Some music can be completely transcendent, taking the listener out of their immediate surroundings. Map of the Soul: 7 seems to stop time, making the listener feel that they’ve been stuck with it for hours and hours, rather than just the 75-minute running time.

NR
This is probably BTS' best album yet. I've seen some reviews complain about the diverse sound and the autotune. In response I'll say the diverse genres presented in this album make me love it more. Depending on my mood I can listen to R and B, EDM, rock, rap, or pop all in one album.

As to autotune, I like how it was used as a stylistic choice rather than to cover up vocal mistakes (BTS don't need to cover up anything).

Favourite Tracks: Moon, We Are Bulletproof: Eternal, JAMAIS Vu, ON, ... read more
Inglume
42
(edit: Hooo, that's a lot of bots. I haven't seen much of those outside of Mike Bloomberg's campaign rallies. Just like all the money in the world cannot buy you the US presidency, all the 100s in the world will not buy you Rob's approval. See you at the finish line.)

Excluding Persona, this starts off insanely strong with 'Interlude: Shadow', then plummets harder than Joe Biden at the polls.
chaeluvs
85
UNPOPULAR OPINION AHEAD!!

Idc, I actually really enjoyed this album. Once you read the translations, it really elevates a lot of the songs. In terms of music, it's not their best ever just because it feels all over the place at times (i dont mind it but i still wish some tracks would've been excluded), but I don't think the music itself was the strong part of this album, it's the lyrics and overall composition. If it wasn't for the Persona songs being included in the beginning I actually think ... read more
NR
Incredible album- it is such a diverse and beautiful album. In no ways this album is a copy of what's popular right now : BTS are creating are new music genre. There is no such thing as a language barrier. We are united by music. BTS reunite people from around the world and make sure people know they have a place in this world. This album uses such diverse and hard technics! Lovely to hear real instruments and choirs.
TreyLikesBands
58
Yeah i’ll say it: BTS aren’t that bad. Sure, it’s safe, secure, and unchanging, but man is their range of talent present. 20 tracks is a bit much, but a majority of them are definitely worth your time!

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: UGH!, Dionysus, Jamais Vu, Intro : Persona, Black Swan, 00:00, Filter, Louder than bombs, ON, Moon, We are Bulletproof : the Eternal
LEAST FAV: Make It Right, Inner Child, Respect
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Track List

  1. Intro : Persona
  2. Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)
  3. Make It Right
  4. Jamais Vu
  5. Dionysus
  6. Interlude : Shadow
  7. Black Swan
  8. Filter
  9. My Time
  10. Louder than bombs
  11. ON
  12. UGH!
  13. 00:00 (Zero O’Clock)
  14. Inner Child
  15. Friends
  16. Moon
  17. Respect
  18. We are Bulletproof : the Eternal
  19. Outro : Ego
  20. ON (feat. Sia)
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Added on: January 7, 2020