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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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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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 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.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Apr 12, 2019
    60
    It’s all extremely radio-ready and sung with a breathy, close-miked intensity that gives the curious illusion of intimacy even when BTS are belting it out – a smart trick to pull off. Those charged with rapping, meanwhile, are more convincing than your average boyband denizen chancing his arm at the old lyrical flow. Nevertheless, anyone outside of the BTS Army might struggle to grasp what differentiates them from the rest of 2019’s pop landscape.
  7. Apr 16, 2019
    60
    This is one of BTS’ droopier releases.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    I wasn't sure what to expect with this album, especially when it's the start of a new era. I respect their artistry and the fact that theyI wasn't sure what to expect with this album, especially when it's the start of a new era. I respect their artistry and the fact that they continue to push boundaries when it comes to their own music, be it the lyrics, musical style, or the way it's presented to listeners.

    There's a good mix of different songs here, and never did they stray from their roots. I appreciate and love that their songs have meaning and it comes from a place of truth, which a lot of mainstream music lacks these days. Hopefully, others will listen without prejudice and an open mind; like Namjoon (leader of BTS) said, music transcends all languages.
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  2. Apr 15, 2019
    10
    this album is simply marvelous, reveals the best thoughts of the BTS and its affection for the fans, an album full of concept and true plurality.
  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. AP_
    Apr 14, 2019
    10
    The diversity in this is insane and they manage to pull off every genre. Particularly enjoyed the connections to both Carl Jung's work ANDThe diversity in this is insane and they manage to pull off every genre. Particularly enjoyed the connections to both Carl Jung's work AND their own discography. Expand
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    10
    A very expansive album with good lyrics and catchy melodies. A mix of pop genres, hip-hop and R&B that touches you from the beginning untilA very expansive album with good lyrics and catchy melodies. A mix of pop genres, hip-hop and R&B that touches you from the beginning until the very end. The kind of album that makes you enjoy every second of it and brings you happiness. Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2019
    10
    Lyrics and their message are fitting with their whole discography, choreo for title track "boy with luv" is very good and fun to watch it is aLyrics and their message are fitting with their whole discography, choreo for title track "boy with luv" is very good and fun to watch it is a very nice summer vibe track, they collaborated with Halsey on title track and Ed Sheeran on "Make It Right", they're exploring new genres again and totally killing it most shocking one is the track "dionysus" for me which is a hiphop/rock track and i LOVED it, they owned their comeback stage at SNL today and got very good comments from non-fans/locals. Overall this album is showing their sincerety, versatility and hardwork- the leader has credits on all songs and other 2 rap line members have 5/7 6/7 credits also. It is heart warming seeing that there are artists like BTS who still cares about putting a complete album instead of just focusing on a potential single and just filling the remaining spots. Expand
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    0
    BTS has such a capacity to be a star group, but some melodies, compared to old songs let a taste of discase, so i think, bts can do somethingBTS has such a capacity to be a star group, but some melodies, compared to old songs let a taste of discase, so i think, bts can do something better, their title song is very simple, i can't see anything catchy for me, their b-sides let a taste of sadness. i was hoping more. Expand

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