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The BTS Listen: Wings and You Never Walk Alone

Posted February 3, 2021 by Rowena in Music, Reviews | 2 Comments

Wings

Release Date: October 10, 2016
Track List: Intro: Boy Meets Evil, Blood Sweat & Tears, Begin, Lie, Stigma, First Love, Reflection, MAMA, Awake, Lost, BTS Cypher 4, am I Wrong, 21st Century Girl, 2!3!, Interlude: Wings
Favorite Song: Stigma
Favorite Line: It’s okay. When I say two three, forget it. Erase all the sad memories. Hold my hand and smile.

BTS will release their second studio album, WINGS.

Having met their most beautiful moment in life through the album series of the same title, BTS now stands before a new door. Set for release on October 10, WINGS contains songs about boys who encounter temptation for the first time and must ponder and agonize in the face of it. As the seven boys experience pain and bliss, they bring forth the image of birds that break out of their shells and try to take flight for the first time.

I’ve heard that this album is a lot of people’s favorite BTS album. I can completely understand why because this album delivers the hits. It’s a lot different from their beginning albums and I’m digging the change in musical pace. This album does a lot to pull your emotional strings. There’s a lot of great songs on this album. From Blood Sweat and Tears to 2!3! and 21st Century Girl and Lost and gah, I can go on and on. I liked all of the songs on this album and the Cyphers keep getting better and better, IMO.

My favorite song on is actually a solo song from my bias, Taehyung. The way that he sang his ass off on Stigma is my freaking favorite. I could really listen to his low tenor voice sing to me all day. It’s great. But I also really liked 2!3! the first time that I heard that song and read the lyrics, I cried. These boys really know how to deliver the goods. Their hard work is definitely showcased on this album and though it’s not my favorite of the bunch that I’ve listened to so far, it’s still a solid ass good time.

Favorite Performance

You Never Walk Alone

Release Date: February 13, 2017
Track List: Intro: Boy Meets Evil, Blood Sweat & Tears, Begin, Lie, Stigma, First Love, Reflection, MAMA, Awake, Lost, BTS Cypher 4, Am I Wrong?, 21st Century Girl, 2!3!, Spring Day, Not Today, Outro: Wings, A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone
Favorite Song: Spring Day
Favorite Line: All the underdogs in the world, a day may come when we lose but it is not today. Today, we fight!

BTS releases YOU NEVER WALK ALONE!

The epilogue brings closure to WINGS.

“We can laugh if we are together”, a message of comfort and hope to the youth of this generation.

YOU NEVER WALK ALONE completes the stories of youth and growth that could not all be contained in the WINGS album. Whereas The most beautiful moment in life series and WINGS were narratives of youth and growth, this additional chapter to WINGS is a message of warm consolation and hope for the suffering youth of this generation.

You Never Walk Alone is the repackaged album of Wings. I’m starting to get the hang of these BTS albums and why they’re packaged the way that they are. It’s expensive as hell to be a BTS fan but take my damn money because I’m still going to collect all of their albums and display them in my room. Along with the songs from the first released album, there are some new songs to go with this one, and one of my top BTS songs of all is included. Spring Day is the first song that made me ugly cry. I watched the explanation video and the depth of detail and emotion that RM and the boys showcase in this song makes me so sad for everyone that was on the Sewol ferry both the survivors and those who didn’t survive. I also really liked Not Today and love the message that the song portrays. BTS isn’t out here singing about girls and puppy love and all things cheesy. They’re singing about real-life issues that everyone goes through and I can’t get enough of it. Their songs are songs that speak to everyone that’s ever gone through hard times and through all of the hard issues that they sing and rap about, there’s still a message of hope in every song. Hope that things will get better. That if you just count to 3 and forget your pains and your worries, tomorrow is a new day. A new day of promise.

These albums are filled to the brim with hope and I think that’s why I, along with the millions of fans across the globe, connect with them. There’s so much that these guys have been through, so much that they’ve accomplished and yet they’re still super humble. So people come for the music but I have every faith that they’re staying for the boys themselves. Each member brings something different to the table and though they shine on their own, they shine brighter together and they really are 7. This is a great album and it showcases the changes that the boys are going through and I loved every song.

Favorite Performance

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The BTS Listen: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1, Pt. 2, & Young Forever

Posted January 27, 2021 by Rowena in Music, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1

Release Date: April 29, 2015
Tracklist: Intro: The most beautiful moment in life, I NEED U, Hold Me Tight, SKIT: Expectation!, DOPE, Boyz with Fun, Converse High, Moving On, Outro: Love is Not Over

BTS has come back with their third mini-album, The most beautiful moment in life pt.1.

No longer just young boys, the album is an introduction to BTS as a group that continues to grow and develop. In each track are distilled poetic and pop emotions that allow the listener to sense both the soft and the resounding musical transformation of the group.

After successfully concluding the “School Trilogy” that discusses the main topics of interest for teens—dreams, happiness, and love—the new album begins to discuss “youth”. BTS has chosen the theme of “the most beautiful moment in life”, the start of one’s young adulthood in which beauty coexists with uncertainty.

The most beautiful moment in life pt.1 focuses on the uncertain future more than the glamour of youth. In addition, while previous lyrical work had been credited to the rappers (RM, SUGA, and j-hope), the vocal members (Jin, Jimin, V, Jung Kook) have now added their names to the credits for this album’s producing and songwriting.

Favorite Song: Dope
Favorite Line from Song: Okay, we are all dope from head to toe, Over half of the day, we drown in our work, Even if our youth rots in the studio, thanks to that, we’re closer to success over the world

This mini was another fun one. I can’t think of any songs that I don’t like..and I’m talking about all of the songs that I’ve listened to. Sure there are some songs that I like more than others but I haven’t listened to a song that I didn’t like and that was the case with this mini-album. These guys are still singing about their haters and showing off their determination to make it big and I’m still here for all of it. I really enjoyed all of the songs but my favorites are Dope, Boyz with Fun, and Outro: Love is Not Over. Those songs are the ones that stand out the most to me. Suga’s rap in Dope is my favorite part of that song. He’s always spitting their truth and I love it.

This whole album takes about a smidge under 30 minutes to listen to and it’s got one skit but the quality of the songs is strong and it’s another fun ride with the BTS guys doing their thing. There’s a good mix here and I was a happy camper listening to all of it.

Favorite Dance Performance

I freaking love this song and every time it plays on my playlist during the day and I hear RM start with that opening line, I’m so freaking happy. I also really like the choreography for this song. Every time that this performance comes across my radar while I’m browsing on YouTube, I’ll watch it. It drives Brenna crazy but I don’t even care, this performance is so stinkin’ good.

The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2

Release Date: November 30, 2015
Tracklist: INTRO: Never Mind, RUN, Butterfly, Whalien 52, Ma City, Silver Spoon, SKIT: One night in a strange city, Autumn Leaves, OUTRO: House of Cards

Seven young men on the threshold of their 20s. Now entering their young adulthood, the members of BTS sang in their previous album, The most beautiful moment in life pt.1, about people their age being threatened by uncertainty. Released seven months after that first installment, The most beautiful moment in life pt.2 sings about the energy of youth barreling forward, embracing even the uncertainty and insecurity. Now beginning to taste the bitterness of grown-up life, they can easily sense that life isn’t always beautiful.

However, they continue to sprint forward, relying only on their two destitute legs and the fire in their hearts. There’s nothing else to do but keep running. Facing the powerlessness of one’s youth, they collide and shatter and still cry out that “it’s okay to fall, it’s okay to get hurt.” That is the beauty of this moment.

Continuing the tradition of the previous album, the members including RM, SUGA, j-hope, V and Jung Kook add their names to the producing and songwriting credits, showing their own growth as musicians. The lyrics are more profound and the music more passionate. The “Youth Series” concludes with The most beautiful moment in life pt.2, but the boys are only now on the starting line. “Never Mind”, BTS is just getting started.

Favorite Song: Whalien 52
Favorite Line from Song: The world can never know, How sad I feel, My hurt is like oil and water that can’t be mixed, For me, the attention ends when I’m breathing at the surface, I want to show as well, the small lonely kid in the depths of ocean, My worth.

This is another fun album, packed with another 30 minutes of a good variety of songs that are all good. I like the outro song from the first part more than this outro but this outro song is good too. My favorite song on the album is Whalien 52. The message behind that song hit me hard and I remember crying while reading the English lyrics to that one. I think part of the appeal of these guys, at least for me, is that they’re singing about real-life. The stuff that everyone feels, our struggles, our burdens, and they’re singing and rapping about these issues in ways that anyone can relate with. I connect with so many of the messages they share in their songs and you can see it showcased here.

From relating to a lonely whale to reppin’ your city, this album has a great mix of music that will speak to the listener. It spoke to me. Their songs are deep with meaning and I fall a little more in love with their music with every album that I listen to. There’s a great mix of fun upbeat songs and soulful slower songs for you to listen to. The boys deliver their verses and parts so well in each and every single song that you can see their efforts and how hard they work. Lots of good stuff here.

Favorite Dance Performance

This is one of the lesser-known songs that I didn’t see much about in all of my “research” on all things BTS but I freaking love this dance, I love this dance practice and the fun they always have when they’re performing it. Suga’s twerk at the end had me dying.

The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Young Forever

Release Date: May 2, 2016
Tracklist: INTRO: The most beautiful moment in life, I NEED U, Hold Me Tight, Autumn Leaves, Butterfly prologue mix, RUN, Ma City, Silver Spoon, DOPE, Burning (FIRE), Save ME, Epilogue: Young Forever, Converse High, Moving On, Whalien 52, Butterfly, House of Cards, Love is Not Over, I need U Urban Mix, I NEED U remix, RUN (alternative mix), Butterfly (alternative mix)

The final chapter of the story of The most beautiful moment in life

Having won over the world with their two-part The most beautiful moment in life series in 2015, BTS will release their special album The most beautiful moment in life : YOUNG FOREVER on May 2. True to the title of the albums, the series has enabled BTS to now be in the most beautiful moment of their lives. The most beautiful moment in life : YOUNG FOREVER is a special album that marks the conclusion of the epic journey of the series, containing the last stories told by young people who, despite an uncertain and insecure reality (The most beautiful moment in life pt.1) continue to surge forward (The most beautiful moment in life pt.2).

Favorite Song: Epilogue: Young Forever
Favorite Line from Song: Burn it all completely, bow wow wow wow

So this seems to be a re-release of both of the mini-albums, along with some fresh new songs to make things a little interesting. Only true fans understand the need to purchase albums with the same songs but even though my cheap ass wasn’t too thrilled about spending money on albums with the same songs on them (I couldn’t tell if there were any differences in the songs that weren’t marked as different versions), I’m still going to buy all of their albums cause that’s how I roll. LOL.

This album has two discs with 11 and 12 songs. The entire musical journey takes about an hour and 30 minutes to get through and even though there are some familiar songs, the new songs are freaking bangers. I love Epilogue: Young Forever, and Burning Up (Fire). I also liked that we got a full version of the Love is Not Over song because that song is really good too. Overall, this brings The Most Beautiful Moment in Life journey to an end and sprinkles a little more love with some fresh stuff. If you’re not collecting the albums to have for your personal collection then I don’t think you need to buy the mini-albums, just buy this one because everything is included on this one.

Every time I hear the song Burning Up (Fire), I laugh when V’s part comes on because that’s his favorite lyrics from the entire album. I always hear him in that interview say, “All fire. Bow wow wow wow.” Haha. I love listening to the Epilogue: Young Forever too because I always get all teary-eyed thinking of the Army in London surprising them by singing that song and how JK and Jimin cried so much that Jimin couldn’t even finish the song. I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good stuff in these albums.

Favorite Dance Performance

I love the choreography for this dance and it will always remind me of their Bon Voyage trip where Jimin had to dance in public to Fire so that he can get stuff from the Big Hit staff. He was so embarrassed but he did it and on top of that, it’s a freaking great performance when they all do it together and it’s just a lot of fun to watch.

Overall, all of these albums were great fun to listen to and if you don’t know by now, I recommend the hell out of everything BTS. Should you check these out? OF COURSE!

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Review: Record of Youth

Posted January 26, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Record of YouthRecord of Youth
Starring: Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam, Byeon Woo Seok
Year Released: 2020
Number of Episodes: 16
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: Online Stream
Source: Netflix
three-half-stars

This is a drama about the growth record of young people who strive to achieve their dreams and love without despair in a generation where dreams have become a luxury and the passionate record of young people who beeline for their dreams in their own way, presenting excitement and empathy.

Sa Hye Joon is smart and handsome. He is a nice guy and a popular model, but what he really wants is to become an actor. He has auditioned for many acting roles, but hasn’t found success yet. Unfortunately, Sa Hye Joon doesn’t have much presence as an actor. Meanwhile, Ahn Jung Ha works as a make up artist. Bright and cheerful on the outside but lonely on the inside, Jung Ha takes out her stress and frustrations by fan-girling over idols.

Summary Credit

This drama started out with a lot of promise. I was really enjoying everything that was happening in the first half of the show. I was enjoying it so much that heading into the second half of the season brought about some anxiety as I just knew that the other shoe was going to drop and everything was going to go up in flames. I was right that everything was going to change in the second part of the season but I was less invested in what was happening in the second half.

So this show follows two best friends who are both actors and a makeup artist who is fiercely independent and a huge fangirl over the main male lead, Sa Hye-Jun (Park Bo Gum). Sa Hye-Jun is a twenty-something-year-old actor and model who is looking for his huge break. He’s a struggling actor, working multiple part-time jobs to support himself and seems to only get the crumbs from his much more successful, and rich best friend, Won Hae-Hyo. The story follows the both of them as they struggle, Hye-Jun struggled with staying true to himself and to his beliefs in the harsh world of entertainment, and Won Hae-Hyo struggles with being in the shadow of Hye-Jun’s spotlight for the first time. He’s not used to coming in second behind Hye-Jun in anything and realizing the truth about every job he’s ever gotten, every follower he’s got on social media bites him in the ass so they both struggle with being jealous of what the other has.

When Ahn Jeong-Ha comes onto the scene, she’s proud to be a fangirl for Hye-Jun because he’s everything she hoped that he would be before she met him. When they became friends and they flirted their way into a relationship, I was so invested in their relationship and in their lives apart from each other. They were interesting characters who didn’t have it easy but were optimistic that eventually if they worked hard enough, their efforts would pay off. They understood each other better than anyone else in their lives and seeing them grow to care for each other on a more personal level was a lot of fun.

I really enjoyed a lot of what this show had going on. The relationship between Hye-Jun and his grandfather was a good one. The relationship between Hye-Jun and his two best friends even though they were all idiots at different points in the show. I liked the friendship that sparked between Ahn Jeong-Ha and Hye-Jun’s manager was another fun friendship that was enjoyable. I liked that they all had their own struggles that they were dealing with but were still there for one another when it was needed. I liked that their friendships weren’t perfect but they were trying to be good people and when things fell apart, that was where I was left feeling confused AF. I didn’t understand what drove Jeong-Ha to do a lot of the things that she did, where Hye-Jun was concerned. It felt out of place, and character with what she felt and acted throughout the entire first part of the show.

A lot of the issues that Hye-Jun suffered through with his family, his friends, and then with the work stuff didn’t make sense to me. Like Hye-Jun’s Dad. What in the bleeping hell was his problem? He acted like Hye-Jun was irresponsible. The boy was damn near killing himself working so many different part-time jobs so that his parents didn’t have to support him and his acting jobs, but that didn’t stop his Dad from bitching at him for breathing. The way that the Dad’s lopsided support system worked got on my hot damn nerves because Hye-Jun was paying for crimes that were not his to begin with. I was glad that the Mom supported him and loved him through everything. But the Dad and the brother got on my hot damn nerves. The Dad eventually wins me over but even until the end, the brother annoyed the shit out of me.

Overall, the acting was good and the story was a solid one but the second half didn’t capture enough to keep me in love with what was happening to the characters and I just thought the second part of the season was weaker than the first. So it had a strong start but the end left a lot to be desired and I’m not used to that with the k-dramas that I’ve watched so far. I really finished the last episode looking like this…

Because, honestly, WTF kind of ending was that? It left a lot to be desired and I’m not a fan of those, leave it up to the consumer to figure out on their own BS. Tell me what the heck happens to them and leave no detail spared, please. So he comes back, sees that she’s wearing his shoes and …that’s it? Nope, didn’t like that shit. At all but I didn’t hate it enough to give this drama less than 3 stars so the strong start really saved this one for me.

I became a big fan of Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam, and Byeong Woo Seok so I’ll be on the lookout for more of their stuff for sure. Oh and another really big highlight for me was the Park Seo Jun cameo. OMG, every time he came on the screen, I was Hye-Jun’s manager. Haha, she was great and Park Seo Jun was fan-freaking-tastic too. I always love seeing him on my screen. So yeah, those were great and if the ending had matched the strong start, I would have given this one a higher grade but oh well…life’s not perfect.

Final Rating

3.75 out of 5

Listen to the OST

My favorite song from this drama was 나의 시간은 (Every Second). Every time that it played during the show, I was already teary-eyed or smiling super big. It was such a great song.

three-half-stars

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The BTS Listen: Dark and Wild by BTS

Posted January 13, 2021 by Rowena in Music, Reviews | 0 Comments

Dark & Wild

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Run Time: 51 minutes, 31 seconds
Tracklist: Intro : What am I to you, Danger, War of Hormone, Hip Hop Phile, Let Me Know, Rain, BTS Cypher PT.3 : KILLER (Feat. Supreme Boi), Interlude : What are you doing now, Could you turn off your cell phone, Embarrassed, 24/7=heaven, Look here, So 4 more, Outro : Do you think it makes sense?

In their first studio album in a year and two months, BTS sings about love gone awry in DARK & WILD. They warn the girl who acts like she doesn’t love them not to test their love anymore.

The boys are no longer in their school uniforms. They have become tougher, singing that their love is not to be treated lightly. A year and two months into their debut, BTS made sure that the visuals, performance, and all the elements of their first studio album are flawless. Tracks that highlight the different genres of hip hop—South, West, Boom Bap, and Trap—provide a clear direction of BTS’ music. The title track “Danger” is a tightly-composed hybrid hip hop song with a piercing punk-rock guitar sound that features stark rap, a powerful hook, and exhilarating shouting.

This album was longer than the other albums that I’ve listened to so far, coming in at 51 minutes long. There are 14 songs (1 of them was just an intro though but it was a bomb-ass intro, I wanted more from that one) and most of them are more on the hip hop side but I enjoyed the entire album. I don’t think I skipped any of the songs at all. Rapper Jungkook makes an appearance and I’m a huge fan of that. I wish he rapped more now but then I’d probably miss Singer Jungkook more because that guy is badass.

Songs in Order of How I Liked Them: 24/7=Heaven, Embarrassed, Danger, 2nd Grade, Could You Turn Off Your Cell Phone, War of Hormones, 2nd Grade, Outro: Do You Think It Make Sense?, Look Here, Let Me Know, Hip Hop Phile, BTS Cypher Pt. 3 Killer, Rain

Favorite Line from Song: Tomorrow is the date day that I’ve been dreaming of, Such pretty stars and such a pretty moon, The light that lights me up seems even more tonight, The whole world seems made for me, right?

My favorite song from this bunch is definitely 24/7=Heaven. That song was such a sweet song and I’m a sucker for those kinds of songs. It’s a young love kind of ballad that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I looked like a little schoolgirl grinning like a crazy person listening to this song, I’m sure but I don’t give a damn. This was a great song. I was scared of V with his grown man’s voice in this song too, haha.

All in all, this was another fabulous album with a great balance of songs for the rap line and songs for the vocal line. There was enough goodness to share the spotlight and it was another album that hit every high note for me. I’m loving this musical journey through all of BTS’s albums. There’s so much to love and just when you think you can’t love another song of theirs more, you hear hidden gems like Embarrassed, 2nd Grade, and Could You Turn Off Your Phone to prove you wrong. So much good stuff on this album. I definitely recommend it.

Favorite Performance from This Album

This is one of my favorite dance performances of theirs. Their lines are clean, their moves are sharp and they all know where they’re supposed to be at every second of this dance. This is such a fun performance and though I love the War of Hormone dance, Danger is my top favorite performance on this album.

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Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Posted January 12, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Strong Woman Do Bong SoonStrong Woman Do Bong Soon
Starring: Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, Ji Soo
Year Released: 2017
Number of Episodes: 16
Recommended By: B Nice
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Format: Online Stream
Source: Viki
Buy It: Amazon
four-half-stars

Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Gook-du (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft.

Contrary to Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked on an occasion. One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted.

I watched this show at the recommendation of my friend, B Nice and she didn’t steer me wrong at all. This was a great recommendation as I enjoyed this show from beginning to end. The characters, the main couple, and the second lead were all wonderfully entertaining and I couldn’t get enough of this entire show.

This show was my introduction to Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, and Ji Soo. All three of these actors wormed their way into my heart and I’ve added all of their stuff to my watch list because I want to support their careers…all because of their work on this show. I really enjoyed all aspects of this show. The characters were well rounded and even though you have to suspend belief at times, I didn’t even care. I was entertained in every single episode and I even shed tears at different parts. I especially shed tears during this scene…

I waited so damn long for Do Bong Soon to finally notice my guy Ahn Min Hyuk. She was so blinded by Gook-Du that she never gave the guy that loved the real her all along. I mean, I don’t blame her for being blinded by Gook Du because that guy was fine as hell too but he wasn’t Min Min.

There was much to love about this show. The humor for one had me cracking up at every turn. When Min pretends to be gay because that’s what Bong Soon thought and how extra she got whenever Gook Du and Min Hyuk were together had me dying. I also loved the friendship between Bong Soon and her friends and her brother. She had a great relationship with her family (even her extra ass Mom) and it was fun to see their relationship in action on the small screen. This was a fun show with sweet moments and characters that will charm the socks right off of you. What more could you want? If you’re looking for a fun show with a cute romance, check this one out. It’s super good!

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

four-half-stars

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