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The BTS Listen: Love Yourself: Her, Tear, and Answer

Posted March 17, 2021 by Rowena in Features, Music, Reviews | 2 Comments

I started listening to BTS albums from the beginning of their musical journey and this series will feature my thoughts on each of those albums. There are a lot of albums but there are also a lot of solo work that I’m interested in covering here on the blog so I decided to just name this feature, The BTS Listen because I’m an organization nerd and things need to be well organized for me or I get itchy.

This week, I’ll be featuring the following albums: Love Yourself: 承 Her, Love Yourself: 轉 Tear, Love Yourself: 結 Answer. So let’s get started, shall we?

Love Yourself: 承 Her

Release Date: September 17, 2017
Track List: Intro: Serendipity, DNA, Best of Me, Dimple, Pied Piper, Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech, MIC Drop, Go Go, Outro: Her
Favorite Song: Pied Piper
Favorite Line: 아들이 넘 잘나가서 미안해 엄마 | That I’m too successful, I’m sorry, mom

BTS releases LOVE YOURSELF 承 ‘HER’!
“Loving yourself is the beginning of true love”,
All the different faces of love expressed through the signature music of BTS!

On September 18, BTS will release 承 ‘HER’, the first album in the new LOVE YOURSELF series.

LOVE YOURSELF 承 ‘HER’ is an expression of the anxiety and elation of love, told in the unique style of BTS. The “love” that BTS aims to convey in the LOVE YOURSELF series is both the individual experience of a boy growing into adulthood and a message of peace and unity to our society today. In the mini-album 承 ‘HER’ that begins this new narrative, the image of boys in love for the first time is expressed in a refreshing and cheerful take that aims to talk about the topic of “love” while immersed in a coming-of-age tale.
I’ve been waiting to get to these albums because my all-time favorite BTS songs are from this album trio. I just really like the vibe from this era. Their message of Love Yourself, Speak Yourself is one that resonated with me because as a lifelong fan of pop culture and romance novels, I’ve always been dragged for liking those “little boys” and those smutty books from everyone around me, and growing up, I kept a lot of my love of everything to myself. I’ve never been vocal about the things that I love unless I was close to you and you were stuck with having to hear about everything that I love, all the damn time. LOL.

This album features a nice variety of songs that I just love to pieces. I think the worst part of this album was we only got a teaser from Serendipity, haha. But for real though. There isn’t one song on this album that I didn’t like. My favorite song of the bunch is Pied Piper. I love that BTS is poking fun at Army and telling them to get their work done, there will be plenty of time afterward to analyze their MV’s later. I also love MIC Drop because I’m a very petty person and that song speaks to my soul. LOL. Dimple is one of the songs that I listened to for the first time early in my discovery of BTS. So it’s got a special place in my BTS-loving heart even though I still think the line, “So I’ll call you illegirl” is corny as shit. LOL.

This was another fabulous bunch of songs and I swear their songs are getting better and better. I definitely recommend this one.
Favorite Performance

There are a lot of great performances for the songs on this album and I love them all but, I love this one just a smidge more. This entire Muster was fantastic! For me, JK and V really stand out in this performance. I love me some Jimin and Jin and they’re great in this performance as well but JK and V really hit this performance out of the park. This is the JK that I absolutely love! V’s on stage antics and performances are my absolute favorite and it’s showcased so well in this one.
Final Thoughts

Loved it

Love Yourself: 轉 Tear

Release Date: May 18, 2018
Track List: Intro: Singularity, Fake Love, The Truth Untold (Feat. Steve Aioki), 134340, Paradise, Love Maze, Magic Shop, Airplane Pt. 2, Anpanman, So What, Outro: Tear
Favorite Song: Magic Shop
Favorite Line: I do believe your galaxy, 듣고 싶어 너의 멜로디, 너의 은하수의 별들은, 너의 하늘을 과연 어떻게 수놓을지, 나의 절망 끝에, 결국 내가 널 찾았음을 잊지마, 넌 절벽 끝에 서 있던 내 마지막 이유야, Live

BTS releases third studio album LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘TEAR’
Fake love inevitably leads to loss and separation,
For true love can only begin when you learn to love yourself

BTS will release LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘TEAR’, their third studio album on May 18.

BTS’ LOVE YOURSELF series bears the message that loving oneself is the beginning of true love. Whereas the previously unveiled LOVE YOURSELF 起 ‘WONDER’ and LOVE YOURSELF 承 ‘HER’ albums expressed the heart-fluttering and tingling moments of love, LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘TEAR’ album embodies the pain of boys faced with parting.
So far, this is my favorite BTS album. This is at the top of my favorites. It’s got a lot of bops on here but it also has my all-time favorite BTS song, Magic Shop on here. This is the kind of album that I needed back when I was growing up. I can appreciate this entire album because I love myself a lot more these days but I can totally see this album speaking to the younger generation who are discovering who they are now. There’s a lot of great songs here. There are 43 minutes of a good time to be had listening to this one and R&B listeners will especially enjoy this one. There’s a lot of good stuff here. From Paradise to Love Maze, to Magic Shop and Airplane Pt. 2 and just the whole damn album is bomb. This is like an All Star line up of some of BTS best work. Go listen to it, you won’t regret it!
Favorite Performance

I absolutely love everything about this performance. The song, them high notes that the vocal line hits and every single rap verse that RM, Suga, and J Hope drop. Everything about this performance is perfection IMO.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

Love Yourself: 結 Answer

Release Date: August 24, 2018
Track List: Euphoria, Trivia 起: Just Dance, Serendipity, DNA, Dimple, Trivia 承: Love, Her, Singularity, Fake Love, The Truth Untold (feat. Steve Aioki), Trivia 轉: Seesaw, Tear, Epiphany, I’m fine, IDOL, Answer: Love Myself, Magic Shop, Best of Me, Airplane Pt. 2, Go Go, Anpanman, MIC Drop, DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix), Fake Love (Rocking Vibe Mix), MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)
Favorite Song: Serendipity, Singularity, Epiphany
Favorite Line: You can’t stop me loving myself

BTS, LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘ANSWER’
“Loving oneself is where true love begins”
A celebration with the ARMY

First unveiled in March of 2016, the BTS LOVE YOURSELF series creates a narrative by linking the key songs in each album into a single theme, imparting the message that “loving yourself is true love”. Like a well-written novel having an introduction, development, twists, and conclusion it shared a compelling story for two and a half years.

‘ANSWER’ is the final piece of the puzzle. Though it’s a repackaged album, LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘ANSWER’ still includes seven brand-new tracks. CD A is a concept album, its sixteen tracks all connected lyrically to highlight BTS’ prowess as both artists and storytellers.
This is the final album of the Love Yourself albums and it’s another one of those repackaged albums that includes some new songs that make things interesting. I’m not going to comment on the songs from the other two albums. The new songs include full-length versions of Serendipity, Singularity, Her and Tear, Euphoria, Trivia 起: Just Dance, Trivia 承: Love, Trivia 轉: Seesaw, Epiphany, I’m Fine, IDOL, and Answer: Love Myself. All of these songs are great. You’ll be hardpressed to find a bad song by these guys and it’s definitely not here on this album.

My favorite songs on this album are Serendipity, Singularity, and Epiphany. Those are my kind of songs. Each of them get a lot of playing time on my playlist. I even learned how to sing them because I like them so much and I don’t even speak Korean and singing songs in a language you don’t speak is hard as hell. Big ups to JK who sings a lot of English songs though he speaks English well now but still, the struggle was real for me but I liked those songs enough that I kept at it until I could sing them all. This was another shining example of how good BTS is and how diverse their range is. They cover a lot of different genres in their music and I’m here for it all. This album is worth getting, I promise it’s good.
Favorite Performance

There is something about this performance that I just absolutely love. I love the choreography, their vocals, how much fun they look like they’re having (especially V) and this song just always puts me in a good mood. I love it so much and I love their outfits for this number too. Just everything. I love every freaking thing.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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Review: The Start Up

Posted March 16, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Start UpStart Up
Starring: Nam Joo-Hyuk, Bae Suzy, Kim Sun-Ho
Year Released: 2020
Number of Episodes: 16
Recommended By: Nam Joo-Hyuk
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: Online Stream
Source: Netflix
three-half-stars

Needing to make $90k to open her own business, Seo Dal-Mi drops out of a university and takes up part-time work. She dreams of becoming someone like Steve Jobs.

Nam Do-San is the founder of Samsan Tech. He is excellent with mathematics. He started Samsan Tech two years ago, but the company is not doing well. Somehow, Nam Do-San becomes Seo Dal-Mi’s first love. They cheer each others start and growth.

Summary Credit

I used to binge watch all of the k-dramas that I watched so they had to have all of the episodes released before I’d dig into them but that’s completely changed these days. I watched this show as they released the episodes every week and I enjoyed the ride for the most part. There were parts in the show that I thought dragged a bit and though I liked the main male lead (I actually watched this show BECAUSE I liked him), I thought he was less interesting than the second lead. Did I want the second lead to get the girl? No, not at all…but just like the male lead, I thought the second lead was more interesting than the main girl too.

I’m going to break down my thoughts about this show by categories and then I’ll sum everything up in the end. Let’s get started, shall we?
Main Male Lead: Nam Do San
Actor: Nam Joo Hyuk

I really enjoyed Nam Joo Hyuk in Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo so I was excited to see him in something new. Unfortunately, his character, Nam Joo Hyuk, didn’t completely win me over the way that his last character did. I liked him fine, I liked his story, I liked how hard he worked for his company and for his friends but after all was said and done, his character just isn’t one that will stick with me.

I wish I could say that I was invested in his character journey throughout the entire show but while I was interested in him as a character, I was rooting for him to win the girl, and I liked the guy that played his Dad, his character journey didn’t grab me the way that others did. That’s not a knock on him, as I felt that way about the entire show.

I did like the relationship between him and his friends. The loyalty that they shared between the three of them was nice. I’m always a fan of great support groups and Nam Do San had a great support system. I did like how he stepped up for a complete stranger and then fell in love with her but all of that wasn’t enough for me to enjoy the rest of his journey.

Main Female Lead: So Dal Mi
Actress: Bae Suzy

I haven’t watched very many shows with Bae Suzy at the lead but I do enjoy her as an actress. She was one of the very few things that I liked about the k-drama, Big and her character in this show showed a lot of promise. I thought So Dal Mi was a pretty solid female lead. Her story made me cry from time to time. I loved the relationship she had with her father and it made me sad that she never got that fried chicken he went out to get. But I love the woman that she grew up to be and I hella loved her relationship with her halmeoni. The whole sibling rivalry thing was probably the weakest part of Dal Mi’s journey but I did like the character growth that we saw in her sister.

Suzy played her role in this one really well. I thought she did a great job of bringing So Dal Mi’s character to life and there were so many times that I connected with what she was feeling throughout the show. I became a fan of hers during this show and I look forward to seeing her in more things.
Second Lead: Han Ji Pyeong
Actor: Kim Seon Ho

This is the first thing that I’ve ever seen this actor in and I was hooked on his story the most. I never once thought that he should end up with the female lead though. He was a jerk to all of them and though I understood why, I still didn’t care for that. I loved the guy that Dal Mi’s halmeoni saw in him but more often than not, I wanted to smack him upside his head. However, his story was what I was most interested in from beginning to end. I think his story made me cry the most and I was rooting for him to get the peace he deserved and so desperately needed.

I never really rooted for him to get with Dal Mi though. My guy had three years to shoot his shot and he waited until Do San came back from the US to do it? Too little, too late buddy but I’m glad to see that he found a new cause that gave his life some purpose.

I did like this guy and am looking forward to following his career from here on out. Kim Seon Ho blew up my IG feed while The Start Up was releasing new episodes so I hope he gets a first lead role soon.
The Supporting Cast
I’ve only seen one of these guys in anything else and I was delighted to see Yoo Su Bin in this one. This team was a highlight for me. I loved the secondary romance between the two teammates and I loved the bond that Nam Do San had with his two besties. The way that Do San tried to fix everything and be there for everyone made the way that they all had his back and had faith in him made me love them all the more. They were the perfect mix of smart, strong, funny, and loyal that hits all of my happy spots so I really liked all of these guys.
The Story
This story started off strong. I was really invested in everything and everyone right off the bat. The pacing started out strong and then sizzled through the middle, only to drag in the end. There were a lot of things that I didn’t care for (the actual start up stuff was my least favorite thing in the whole show) but overall, I kept watching every single episode so I couldn’t have hated it that much. It was a great way to spend a few hours and I did enjoy it overall, it just wasn’t my favorite but I discovered some new to me actors and actresses so I’m happy with that.
Final Rating

3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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The BTS Listen: Wings and You Never Walk Alone

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

I started listening to BTS albums from the beginning of their musical journey and this series will feature my thoughts on each of those albums. There are a lot of albums but there are also a lot of solo work that I’m interested in covering here on the blog so I decided to just name this feature, The BTS Listen because I’m an organization nerd and things need to be well organized for me or I get itchy.

This week, I’ll be featuring the following albums: Wings and You Never Walk Alone. So let’s get started, shall we?

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

Okayyy V. That’s my bias hitting all of them notes and making this one of my favorite performances ever.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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

I love this performance every time I see it. It doesn’t matter where they perform it, I’ll watch it over and over again. The song, the dance, the harmony between J Hope and JK?? Love it all.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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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

I started listening to BTS albums from the beginning of their musical journey and this series will feature my thoughts on each of those albums. There are a lot of albums but there are also a lot of solo work that I’m interested in covering here on the blog so I decided to just name this feature, The BTS Listen because I’m an organization nerd and things need to be well organized for me or I get itchy.

This week, I’ll be featuring the following albums: The Most Moment in Life, Pt. 1, Pt. 2, and Young Forever. So let’s get started, shall we?

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
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

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.
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.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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
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.

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.
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.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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

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).
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.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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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