had to pause 31 seconds in track 1 to process that this is the direction they're going in
what's that direction? unnecessarily over-processed vocals with zero substance over whitewashed instrumentals, and fundamentally losing sight of what made them popular in the first place at every significant level
why do BTS insist so much on the voice processing? they've shown before in previous projects such as YNWA (shoutout @eliiscool5) that they absolutely process a respectable vocal prowess, but since 'MOTS: 7', BTS have gone down the slippery slope of westernising their sound while being tunnel visioned on maximising profit margins for big hit with the occasional fan service here and there
tracks such as 'blue & grey' still showcase that they're absolutely still capable of singing (although whoever that is with constant high notes -- that can't be good for your throat my guy), but is lost in a pool of indecisiveness that too many kpop projects this year have suffered from... where they try to dip their toes into different genres, but ultimately never dive into the pool.
for too many tracks on this record, promising starts are ruined by their screeching abuse of autotune -- almost to the point that it could be considered a violation of the geneva convention (speaking of which, i'm fully expecting a nuclear fallout occurring in the comment section). all respect to the bangtan boys for their significance in hallyu and the attention they've brought to revitalise the kpop scene, but this BTS album?
this ain't it, chief
highlights: dis-ease (irony lmao)