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Map of the Soul: 7


Map of the Soul: 7

Fourth Korean-language (seventh overall) album from South Korean boy band featuring guest appearances from Halsey and Sia

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Bighit Entertainment
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  1. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It is an impressive, exciting and moving album with slick production, accompanied by thought-provoking art (the interpretative dance performance in the “Black Swan” video, the CONNECT BTS art exhibitions), but it is so much more than a shiny pop album
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The K-pop stars prove they can do it all without sacrificing emotional depth
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    7 smartly makes the decision to focus on exactly what makes BTS special: its members
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  4. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The K-Pop boy band’s latest blockbuster is full of stylistic experiments that all flow together
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Although the sound of the album is wide-ranging, it holds continuity through its lyrics and general sentiment. K-Pop after all is an inherently genre-blending style of music, so it’s no surprise
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    K-pop stars weave myriad emotions into one gorgeous tapestry on this ambitious album
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    In just a few short years, BTS have evolved from mischievous K-pop underdogs to genre-blurring kings of stadium pop. With each album, they continue on the path of self-discovery and maturity, pulling off yet another effortless display of pop prowess without forgetting the fans that have helped them along the way
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    This is an album full of big ideas, strong conviction and unguarded emotion, produced by a band who have every right to be proud of their journey
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  9. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    The K-pop group’s latest is part memoir, part fan service, and part amateur psych eval. They can still tap into something enchanting, but the glimpses of personality here are fleeting
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  10. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A solid effort. It's simply fine: there’s nothing here likely to cause a stumble as the BTS phenomenon marches on
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