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Fifth Korean-language album (ninth overall) from seven-member South Korean boy band

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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    While BE is a slight departure from BTS's usual offerings, its more matter-of-fact and laidback vibe could pull in new fans who are looking for music to relate to in this crappy year
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The global sensations extend a love letter to all of their fans during a very difficult year
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    In just eight songs, BTS have accomplished the same genre-bending they usually do in double that runtime. And for the most part, the album avoids the pitfall of sounding like a checklist. With BE, BTS keep their foot on the pedal
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    The pop giants take on a number of genres and triumph, this special album finding them on a mission to shepherd fans through uncertain days
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The unashamedly feel-good anthem “Dynamite” throws everything into the arranging melting pot
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    BE is the album in which BTS's sound crosses over to cement the type of legacy they're building – one that started in youth and is very proudly Korean, but that makes sense for any age or place
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  7. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The K-pop superstars confront hard times as their music enters a new creative phase
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  8. 7.0 |   Clash

    A personable, relatable collection of tracks that strip away their blinding shine as idols, replacing it with their warm glow of humanity
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  9. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Deciding to reflect on states of mind some of us could resonate to – especially this year – BE serves as a chronicle of what 2020 has been during lockdown: a year of uncertainty, anxiety, depression and frustration. But it also delivers hope for the future
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  10. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The K-pop superstars’ second album of new material in 2020 fixates on the frustration and grief of life in quarantine, sifting through the blurry days to construct a new form of intimacy
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  11. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album trades overstimulating spectacle for low-key introspection, but it’s therapeutic as a cup of tea
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  12. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    BE doesn’t overstay its welcome, coming and going in less than half an hour and, like pretty much all BTS albums before it, it doesn’t take many risks
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