BTS Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey (Limited Edition CD + Book) [Version B]
Rolling Stone: 4 stars out of 5 -- "On MAP OF THE SOUL: 7, they come on like an all-star team of larger-than-life idols on the level of Kiss or the Wu-Tang Clan, expanding their own elaborate mythological universe."
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: August 7, 2020
- Originally Released: 2020
- Label: Hip-O Records
Rolling Stone4 stars out of 5 -- "On MAP OF THE SOUL: 7, they come on like an all-star team of larger-than-life idols on the level of Kiss or the Wu-Tang Clan, expanding their own elaborate mythological universe."
NME (Magazine)4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he record is a monument to strength -- after all, as Jung's work spells out, acknowledging your shadow is the only way to access your true self."
Pitchfork (Website) - "The K-pop group's latest is part memoir, part fan service, and part amateur psych eval. They can still tap into something enchanting..."
Clash (Magazine) - "Although the sound of the album is wide-ranging, it holds continuity through its lyrics and general sentiment."
Five months after the release of their international chart-busting fourth album, Map of the Soul: 7, K-pop powerhouse BTS repackaged that set's biggest tracks for their Japanese fans -- alongside selections from Map of the Soul: Persona and Love Yourself: Answer -- on Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey. The Japanese-language effort includes re-recorded versions of hit singles "Boy with Luv" (sans Halsey), "Make It Right," "Idol," "Fake Love," and "On." In addition to previously unreleased Japanese tracks "Intro: Calling," "Stay Gold," "Your Eyes Tell," and "Outro: The Journey," Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey also features the 2019 single "Lights." While some of the fiery aggression of the Korean-language originals is subdued by their non-native tongue (especially on the usually raucous "Dionysus" and "Idol"), the boys' dedication to their Japanese audience and the songs' top-notch production value shine through, making this both an adequate pairing with the Korean predecessor and a pseudo-greatest-hits bounty of BTS' late-2010s era. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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