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  • Summary: The debut full-length release from BTS's Jung Kook features guest appearances by DJ Snake, Jack Harlow, Latto, and Major Lazer.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. The 2020s have found their pop king and ‘Golden’ more than secures him the throne.
  2. Nov 17, 2023
    Like Justin Timberlake and Harry Styles before him, it's quite clear that Jung Kook has been christened as his boy band's main breakout, and Golden makes a great case for that push.
  3. Nov 3, 2023
    The bright spots in the album are truly dazzling, while some of the b-sides aren’t very memorable in comparison, and for that reason, the album feels quite top-heavy — the first five tracks are clear bangers, but the energy dips through the back half of the record.
  4. 70
    GOLDEN comes out guns blazing, full of personality, and as a result feels very front-loaded. Jung Kook’s desire to do his best work is obvious, but a little bit of pacing of the tracklist wouldn't have gone amiss, as energy levels (and featured artists) peter out all too quickly.
  5. Nov 2, 2023
    It’s well-made, hooky – but nevertheless, Golden is an album bound to leave more agnostic listeners pondering what the fuss is about.
  6. 60
    The album takes off when Jung Kook can focus on his honeyed falsetto, as on the supple disco glide of Standing Next to You, or on 3D’s exhilarating chorus. Golden is full of bright spots, but only fully shines on occasion.