Release Date: Nov 20, 2020
Record label: Big Hit
Genre(s): Asian Pop, K-Pop
On their third major release for 2020, K-pop titans BTS delivered a heartfelt and inspiring soundtrack to pandemic isolation with Be. At a brisk eight tracks, the album arrived at a time when most of their fans around the world were still in various stages of the lockdown brought on by COVID-19, which also halted all of the band's promotional plans for their chart-topping global smash Map of the Soul. Quarantined like everyone else, the septet crafted this gift for fans, a direct link between artist and listener that extends the sentiment that we're all in this together.
K-pop septet BTS trade in their larger-than-life soundscapes and psychoanalytical concepts for something far simpler yet equally comforting on their fifth album 'BE'. With a universal message of upliftment that seeks bring some clarity into the chaos of 2020, the now- Grammy-nominated supergroup indicate the dawn of a new era with their latest. Opening with introspective stylings of lead single 'Life Goes On', the band delves into their hopes for the future in an uncertain world as they address the effects of the COVID-19 on their own plans.
You have to at least want to root for BTS. The supergroup's global dominance has been a rare constant in a year of upheaval, a pulse of pure joy through all this muck. There they are on The Late Late Show With James Corden, handing each other presents while crooning into their hand mics. There they are on TikTok, plopping a bouquet in a hand-lettered vase and offering it to their fans.
Like everyone else in the world, the BTS boys are at home -- and how lucky we are that they've invited us in to join them for a while. The members of the groundbreaking pop septet (RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook) have spent the past seven years exploring genre, pondering mental health and the pressures of youth in an increasingly confusing modern world, and undergoing multiple metamorphoses, shattering preconceived notions of what exactly an international pop band can look like in the process. BE is the group's fifth official full-length studio album, and, sitting at just eight tracks, is their shortest record by far.
The new album by Korea's biggest pop group offers an introspective chronicle about isolation, quarantine and finding a safe middle between sorrow and hope, finds Verónica A. Bastardo.