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  • Summary: The seven-track mini-album release from the South Korean boy band features a guest appearance from Halsey.
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방탄소년단 (Bangtan Boys) BTS - Home Lyrics BTS - Home Hangul 미칠듯한 설레임에 인사조차 못했어 Yeah I'm going out baby 온... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 95
    It’s the songs themselves that should guarantee the album’s global success. Throughout the mini-album are references to BTS’ past and reflections on their growth as artists and individuals.
  2. Apr 26, 2019
    91
    The EP moves easily through different spheres of young love, young fame and young ambition, all of it audible through coruscating backgrounds and intense vocal deliveries that channel the high-running tensions of technicolor teenage drama.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    90
    The 7-song album is taut musically and thematically (the group is a septet consisting of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook), although things get into murkier territory lyrically. Fans of the group dig deep into the meanings behind the songs.
  4. Apr 18, 2019
    70
    Map of the Soul: Persona is a bold, if tempered, call to Western media.
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    61
    The arrangements on PERSONA are busy and convoluted, and many lyrical highlights are buried in meta, self-referential schlock rock. ... PERSONA is not a failure, but it’s tough to call it a triumph.
  6. 60
    They’ve formed their own blueprint in which the messages they purvey and the grandiose shows they stage are our main point of interest, but the music, production-wise, falls a little by the wayside when it comes to breaking new ground.
  7. Apr 19, 2019
    60
    A valiant and partly successful attempt from K-pop’s biggest band to move forward in their music. While they undeniably remain a success, the recycled sonics and multiple references to past music makes it hard for old listeners to let go of past glory and for the new to connect with their current music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 186
  1. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    I don't even know what to say. The whole album is art. All the songs are so meaningful and everyone should listen to them! BTS is an amazingI don't even know what to say. The whole album is art. All the songs are so meaningful and everyone should listen to them! BTS is an amazing group and they deserve it all, those guys have such great albums and their success is deserved. Congrats, boys! Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2020
    10
    This album is mostly to Army, their biggest love. So, thank you BTS for this amazing album and keep on making more amazing music..!
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    With the presence of Greek myths and exploitation of psychoanalysis through Jung, BTS shows what is lacking in the pop artists of today:With the presence of Greek myths and exploitation of psychoanalysis through Jung, BTS shows what is lacking in the pop artists of today: identity. A cohesive album, with music gender variability and production, shows why they are one of the biggest groups nowadays. Expand
  4. Sep 12, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. El álbum cuenta con canciones profundas en su contenido, pero sin quitar un componente alegre, a primera vista se podría pensar que las letras refieren a amor romántico, pero en realidad es más complejo y requiere de análisis, si no se es fan o se desconoce el BTS Universe recomiendo leer el libro homónimo Expand
  5. Jun 12, 2022
    10
    slays excruciatingly hard. boy with luv?? banger. a mood brightner with it’s cute and sweet vibe. mikrokosmos? iconic and emotional. home?slays excruciatingly hard. boy with luv?? banger. a mood brightner with it’s cute and sweet vibe. mikrokosmos? iconic and emotional. home? banger. dionysis? banger. watch me get turned up listening to this late at night all by myself, throwing it back extra hard. thank you hobi for blessing us with this masterpiece Expand
  6. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    As always they innovate and show something totally different from the expected and surprise me, they never disappoint me
  7. Jan 16, 2022
    0
    Al menos deberian haber tenido mas creatividad tomando en cuenta la manada de escritores y productores que juntaron para este album, masAl menos deberian haber tenido mas creatividad tomando en cuenta la manada de escritores y productores que juntaron para este album, mas predecible, aburrido y sin chiste no pudo ser. Expand

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