BTS - BE (2020)

Reason for Listening:
#1 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20201205).
Last Week: - | Peak: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 1
Billboard Listing: BE - BTS - [picture of the band]

Released 20201120.
8 songs. 28:30. BE (2020)
First listen.
Second listen.

2: "Blue & Grey"; "Telepathy"; "Dynamite";
1: "Fly to My Room"; "Dis-ease";
0: "Life Goes On"; "Skit"; "Stay";

I'm not sure why I only rated this album a 4.0 out of 5. Undoubtedly there is extreme noise in my ability to consistently rate albums. In part because I never truly established any guidelines. With that being said, the album is on the short side and shorter albums essentially need to leave a big impression across a shorter time span. Unfortunately, the three-minute skit titled "Skit" was inserted in the middle of the album which is an extreme break in the musical flow - moreso for a non-Korean listener.* Perhaps if the album had two more tracks similar to "Telepathy" and "Dynamite," then I would have rated the album with a much higher score.

I love the beat of "Telepathy." Among the three songs I rated a "2," I like "Telepathy" best. I guess the interesting part to me is the song doesn't have any English lyrics in it - so it really came down to the general beat and melody. In contrast, "Dynamite" is full of English lyrics but I like it less.

Overall Rating: 4.0/5
Favorite Song: "Telepathy"

*The skit revolves around a meme that stemmed from their first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; on August 31, 2020, "Dynamite" charted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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