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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

“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

“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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Monthly Recap: September 2016

Posted October 6, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

September was a busy month for me at work but also on the home front. Brenna came home from Colorado, started her senior year and has played in some basketball tournaments that were a lot of fun. On the very last day of the months, she flew to Utah for yet another trip. I’m so jealous with how much she travels. She’s seen and has done a lot more than I did when I was her age but I’m super grateful that she’s been able to make some memories, make new connections at Church but also grow as a person.
What I Did
1. The 99’s played in the USJN tournament in Garden Grove last month. There were a lot of colleges but we played in a junk division so not a lot of colleges were looking at us (insert eye roll emoji here). It was a long weekend since everyone was in Colorado for Seth’s farewell so I had double team Mom duty for both Mustangs (my daughters team) and Seahawks (my niece’s team). Mustangs went 4-0 while Seahawks went 2-2 (they played better teams than we did), all in all it was a great weekend of basketball. 2. My sister Delene and I tried Pinterest recipes. Delene and I share or save a lot of Pinterest recipes but we’ve never really tried any of them until last month. Delene made the BBQ chicken sliders and I made the Shrimp Stack and both came out super good.
What I Watched
1. The Last Ship: I caught up to where this show was currently at in the current season last month and holy cow, this show just keeps getting better and better. I’m still not quite over what happened at the end of S2 but S3 was still off the chains. I’m super excited about what’s going to happen next…especially since the writers have so many directions to go in. 2. Hawaii 5-0: I binge watched this show, trying to catch up to the season they’re on now. I still have a few more episodes before I’m all caught up but I’m loving the heck out of this show. Catherine…NOOO!!! You did my boy McGarrett dirty but I still love you! 3. This is Us: This is probably my favorite new series of the season. That first episode hooked me because I thought it was clever and smart. I’m really getting into the character’s lives and after the ending to the second episode, I need more. My heart hurts and I need the writers to fix it. Still, so good. 4. Chicago PD & Med: I’m super thrilled to have recruited Brenna to watching these two shows. She caught an episode or two with me in the last few weeks and she’s caught the One Chicago bug. These two shows are great and I’m so excited to see how Antonio’s characters transitions over to the new show, Chicago Justice. There are lots of things to look forward to this season and I’m so here for it. All of it. In Chicago Med, so I take it Nanny Carrie (she will always be Nanny Carrie from OTH to me) doesn’t like Dr. Halstead? I want to see how that turns out. I’m also really interested in Dr. Choi’s life. He needs a love interest and I want it to be Reese. 🙂
What I Listened To
1. Lock it Up by Marc E. Bassy: My nephew Caleb knows every single word to this song and he loves to sing it at the top of his lungs so because of this, I absolutely love this song. It’s a really good one and got a lot of playing time in September. 2. You Should Be Here by Kehlani: This is an older song that I never paid attention to until my daughter Brenna went hard on this song during karaoke. She sang it loud and proud, complete with all of the oohhs and ahhs and just..everything. I laughed my way through this song while she sang it and then laughed all over again when she sang it again because I messed her up with all of my laughing. She doesn’t even care, she belted out this song like she was on stage in front of millions. That’s my girl. 3. Juju on that Beat by I don’t know who: This is another song that reminds me of Brenna. She spent many a days during September, blasting this song and doing the dance that goes with the song. This song got a lot of playing time because Bren likes to Juju on that beat.
What I Read
1. Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels | 1 out of 5 2. Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell | 3.5 out of 5 3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | 3.5 out of 5 4. The Boy is Back (Boys #4) by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5 5. To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5 6. The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5 7. The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #4) by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
My favorite read of the month is To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles ##) by Lauren Layne. Alexis and Logan were everything and I was just so much more excited about their story than any of the others that I read. Honorable mentions go out to The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon, The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot and The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath. My least favorite book of the month goes to Four Letter Word by J. Daniels. The hero and heroine were much too immature for me and I wanted to throttle the both of them while reading their book.
What I Reviewed
The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis Just One Week by Alice Gaines Who’s That Girl by Mhaira McFarLane A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh Back to You by Jessica Scott Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne
What I Got
I’m excited about all of the books that I got last month. I have loads of books to read for review but also some books that I bought that I’m really looking forward to reading. Bring on the good ones in October.
What I Loved
This kid.
This is my nephew, Baby Rocky. He is the cutest thing in the world. Brenna and I spent some time in September with this sweet baby boy because he does not like Brenna. She tried holding him at one of Chase’s football games and he scream cried for ten minutes straight. Brenna was determined that he change his tune where she was concerned so we went over to his house every few days so that he wouldn’t forget her and this picture is proof that she met her goal. Baby Rock does not cry when Brenna walks in the door anymore. He likes Brenna and Brenna loves him right back. There you have it, the month of September in my life. How did your month look like?

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Friday Five (11)

Posted May 20, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Friday Five This week’s topic will feature five songs that I’m completely obsessed with right now. Or actually, five songs that are stuck in my head.
[1] Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.
Shut up, Ames. I love this damn song. Haha. JT delivers another summer hit that I will be getting my groove on to in the coming months.
[2] Leaving Me by Sammy J.
I went to see this guy last month in concert and I’m still on a Sammy J high. This has been a hit in my house and everyone is listening to this song on repeat. It’s a great freaking song about a subject we all know so much about, getting Dear John’d while out on your mission.
[3] All I Ask by Adele.
My nephew Caleb is 3 years and is the most adorable little boys, who also happens to be the baddest little boy too. He gets into everything, he jumps off of everything and he breaks everything too. But when you see videos like this one, how can you not love that little boy and this song too? Caleb gets all into singing his songs in the car too. It’s the cutest little thing.
[4] One Call Away by Charlie Puth.
Another little boy that can get down with the get down in the car is Luke. These last two songs are songs that I’ve come to love because Luke knows every single word, ooh and ahh for both of those songs and he never fails to crack me the hell up while he’s singing along to Charlie Puth and DNCE.
[5] Cake by the Ocean by DNCE.
This isn’t a song that I would probably like on my own but after hearing Luke get down to this song? It’s one of my favorites. Haha. What songs are stuck in your head these days? What songs are you obsessed with?

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