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Map Of The Soul: PERSONA


Map Of The Soul: PERSONA

Seven-track mini-album from the South Korean boy band

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Bighit Entertainment
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  1. 9.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The k-pop group’s ARMY guaranteed big numbers the minute it was announced – but it’s the songs themselves that should guarantee the album’s global success
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  2. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    K-pop’s sensational boy band returns with a dynamic EP of hip-hop and pop
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Although the album is 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
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Eight months on from their last album, the Bangtan Boys explore the idea of artist versus idol, roping in a couple of high-profile cameos – from Halsey to Ed Sheeran – to craft a record that sees them continuing to raise the bar
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  5. 7.0 |   The 405

    BTS aren't interested in being defined. Are they idols? Artists? Who cares when they’re having such a good time celebrating just whatever it is they are
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  6. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    The biggest K-pop group in the world try to move their sound forward but spend too much time leaning on their past
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  7. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The pop world isn’t exactly teeming with artists referencing Jung at the moment. But whatever the answer to the mystery is, it certainly doesn’t lurk within the music
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  8. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It’s an all-guns blazing, theatrical gateway to a record that segues from busy pop-rap numbers into twinkling ballads and back again, while always remaining loyal to the BTS brand
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  9. 6.0 |   Clash

    A valiant, and partly successful attempt from K-pop’s biggest band to move forward in their music
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  10. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    K-Pop group’s new seven-song collection can be listless at times, but it’s succeeding anyway
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