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[Song & MV Review] BTS - 'Epilogue: Young Forever'

By eric_r_wirsing   Friday, April 22, 2016   52,058   25,088   0



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BTS is back and have dropped their first music video ahead of their comeback! The special album is due May 2, and "Epilogue: Young Forever" is the first of three MVs planned for that album. Not only that, they've got a concert coming at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul May 7-8, and they'll be a headliner at KCON NY as well.

As big as the song has gotten, I can't express that much enthusiasm for "Epilogue: Young Forever." It starts out fantastic, j-hope, Rap Monster, and Suga expressing their fears and frustrations in a soul-searing performance. The emotion is palpable. And then we get to the chorus, which is almost another song itself; the message and tone is one of hope, of redemption - it's a very uplifting piece. Unfortunately, that's where it starts to slide downhill for me. The rest of the song, which is half of its running time, is the chorus. It's not like that's not unusual, but to structure it that way is. It just started to drag after the fifth time in a row I heard them sing "forever," which is exactly how long it seemed like while listening. They had a bridge, which was just more of the chorus and fundamentally weak. After the stellar beginning I was hoping for something more.

It's not like I don't like BTS, but I think they could have made this song better.


The music video seems to mirror the song in a lot of ways which makes it art. There's a line in the song about running through mazes, and that's exactly what some of the video actually is, the boys making their way through a chain link labyrinth. While the mazes in the song were more metaphorical, it still works well. It shows them trapped by their doubts and fears until they finally emerge, free to run and play.

I like the images of being trapped whether it's in a burning room or in the alley or in that chain-link fence contraption. The HDR sequences with the sun are nice touches as well. The action sequences are filmed in slow-mo which gives it a certain dynamism and energy. As a dramatic piece it works quite well, and it's certainly watchable. Now describing it with words seems spare, but there's actually quite a bit going on here. The camaraderie gives you good feels and echoes how the Bangtan Boys seem to feel about each other. Definitely a thumbs up.


MV Relevance.......9
MV Production......8
MV Concept..........8


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thewoman Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But for me "Young Forever" is one of the most emotion-evoking songs I've heard in my life. And the long repetitive chorus is exactly what makes me feel every bit of emotion that's behind it: incredible comradeship, desire, hope, the bittersweet realization of transience of every moment in life... Everything entangled in their entangled voices which repeat the most beautiful message over and over again until it sticks in your heart. It transcends kpop.

MeiMeixX Friday, May 6, 2016

Lol bts deserve much better than 7.8 srsly.. allkpop is just unbelieveable...

xpari Sunday, May 1, 2016

Reviewing an intro song is a little.. I know AKP is milking ARMY for all its worth, but isn't this too much?

BTS_BornToSlay Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Come on Hanalala102 Why did you stop arguing with me? No matter how die-hard hater you are of BTS You will never stop them from being popular... Are you insecure?

MinMinA Monday, April 25, 2016

It's true that half of the song is just like the chorus but it's made on purpose cause this song is a teaser. That's what makes it even more wonderful, it's so amazing, but it's just a teaser, i repeat a teaser. OK i'm dead, that's it x)

elly2k Sunday, April 24, 2016

I agree with the author. Not feeling the song much. I am however looking forward to the full album

coey Sunday, April 24, 2016

They look so hot ♥♥♥♥ loving them every second ♥♥♥♥

coey Sunday, April 24, 2016

And the author, excuse me? 7.8? *cough* OK. Speechless

Snowprincess652 Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stupid author go back to your home and listen again,i think u heard a different song or you are just of your mind. You and your stupid review.

YueYuu Snowprincess652 Saturday, April 23, 2016

Or how about you chill a bit. Ever heard of "personal taste" or "personal opinion"? If you don't like it go cry a bit or try making a better review. But since I doubt that you're able to stay objective, maybe just do the crying-part.

YueYuu Saturday, April 23, 2016

By the fucking way, I don't agree at all with that review. Especially since someone seems to confuse title track with very generous teaser song. I just disagree with your attitude and your rudeness.

Jamsgaopso Snowprincess652 Sunday, April 24, 2016

no need to call them like that it's their point of view but well that was a teaser

Snowprincess652 Jamsgaopso Monday, April 25, 2016

Mmm sry i was in the moment at that time ^_^

ivomanolo Saturday, April 23, 2016

luh srsly just wanting a clickbait rofl akp

ad_ziq Saturday, April 23, 2016

"But I think they could have made this song better" & the score was 7.8!? My mind having mental breakdown right now. If I happen found this author, I wanna ask him/her why. By if he/she doesn't answer properly, I'm gonna kick his a$$. Wow! I'm so angry right now!

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