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LY: Tear review By Pitchfork

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  1. Aalin

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    In what seems to be a series of continuous reviews, one more of a great importance was added.

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    While many reviews showed once again the narrow mindedness towards the genre of K-pop in general, one has finally come through and given an honest review that even with it's negative points gives hopes and soothes the Army heart.

    Here is the full review- https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/bts-love-yourself-tear/

    From the review is it clear that they have done their homework unlike more mainstream reviewers.

    For those who don't know who Pitchfork are this is a snippet about them from wiki.

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    Till now only Gdragon and BTS have been reviewed by them.

    Here is GD's review.
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    Here are a few other reviews from them.
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    yeah i think the score was pretty fair.
     
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    Love Yourself: Tear has really good songs. Honestly one of their best albums [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Bangtan did that [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Kings [​IMG]
     
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    Here is what they wrote:

    The latest album from the masters of the K-pop formula is a slick, loosely thematic album about love and loss, with a stronger focus on rapping than ever before.

    K-pop has long been poised for a breakthrough in the U.S., and the stars have aligned for the Korean boy band BTS. It doesn’t hurt that it is easier now than ever to be a K-pop fan on this side of the world, with the genre being tailor-made for our current algorithm-fed content chain. BTS has seized the opportunity, building a ravenous fanbase, not just at home and stateside but in South America and Europe as well. Bangtan Boys (their full name, Bangtan Sonyeondan, translates to “bulletproof boy scouts” in English), are designed for this moment, highly curated, aesthetically optimized for Western consumption.

    BTS have been presented as the art-house alternative to K-pop’s manic energy: a modish, dilettantish, act whose music is a vehicle for larger artistic choices and statements. After debuting as a swag rap outfit, they evolved from rap-sung mashups to posh electro-pop pageantry. The concept for their 2016 album, Wings, was inspired by Hermann Hesse’s 1919 book Demian. The visuals for one of the best BTS songs, “Blood Sweat & Tears,” were picturesque stills framed in a pop-up museum featuring “The Fall of the Rebel Angels,” Michelangelo’s “Pietà,” and Nietzsche quotes etched in stone, which all produced dramatic fan readings of the video’s symbolism. The members co-write and co-produce their songs, some of which delve into mental wellness and social responsibility, a process that has led many to dub their songs more “personal,” a word sometimes used as a dog whistle for music appealing to be taken more seriously. Their tactics have been emulated by boy bands who have followed, but in many ways, BTS are simply the K-pop model maximized for efficiency.

    Love Yourself: 轉 ‘Tear’, which follows the 2017 mini album Love Yourself: ‘Her’ and the Japanese full-length Face Yourself released earlier this year, is a kaleidoscopic mark of that efficiency, observing the finely tuned formula BTS have been perfecting since 2015. ‘Tear’, like ‘Her’, is a concept album of sorts. Roughly half the songs adhere to the album’s subhead. If ‘Her’ was an assortment of heart-professing love songs, then ‘Tear’ is the inverse. It deals primarily, though not exclusively, with the cycle of grief that lingers through a separation. But all of the songs generally find their way back around to self-love at some point. The album’s opener, “Intro: Singularity,” provides its thesis. “Even in my momentary dreams/The illusions that torture me are still the same,” V sings. “Did I lose myself, or did I gain you?”

    https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/bts-love-yourself-tear/
     
  5. Miawruu

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    They only acknowledge 2 kings of kpop that worth it for their reviews.

    Anyway, i am pretty shook ed sheeran only scored 2.8. They really strict with their critics :O
     
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    The critics legit went through translation of the songs and ended up with a score of 7.1 [​IMG]

    Kingtan did that [​IMG]
     
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    That's a pretty high score for them, I always feel like they're quite critical (of pop at least). I'm impressed
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    Good review, they definitely did some homework before writing it.​
     
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    I really liked how they made sure to check out BTS's history and other works before review.
    This fact actually strengthens the value of the music in my opinion.
     
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    i'm shocked pitchfork hates pop music so for them to get such a high score is pretty incredible, this is a higher score than brunos, gagas, katys, taylors and ed sheerans last album
     
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    Woah.. thank you for explaining it so much more clearly.. Had the boys received a negative rating, it could've affected their current position drastically. But they still managed to snag a 7.1, which is truly incredible!!
     
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    Yes... Definitely not among the fandom... But for gp this is one of the best reviews possible.
    I hope this creates enough ripples.
     
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    Oh wow nice! But how could they give such a low rating on Ed Sheeran’s album?! :waterr:
     
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    That album deserved a 0 imo they were a bit too generous
     
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    i looked at some of the others' scores and critiques to get some context and this score seems really nice! but besides that, i just really appreciate the research they put into their review. the way the review talks about their previous works, influences, messages, even conceptual inspirations assured me of their professionalism. which makes me even happier and prouder for the review and the score.

    btw guys there are 2 threads for this, maybe it'd be better to merge them.
     
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    Girl, whatcha talking about?! For me, it deserves at least 8! :yesr:I love the album! :lover1:
     
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    I am not a girl I AM A
     
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    oopsie oops! :quietr:
     
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