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BTS: The Review

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What Sets BTS Apart? The Music Behind BTS' Phenomenal Popularity.

What is the secret to BTS' exceptional worldwide popularity, referred as the "BTS Phenomenon"? Is it because of the seven members' X-factor, their amazing talent and explosive energy on stage? How can they be understood within and without the context of K-pop? What do the ARMYs, their loyal brigade of worldw
Paperback, First, 334 pages
Published March 27th 2019 by RH Korea
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Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read if you are a. a fan (but an older, more intellectual one) or b. interested in pop culture/musical from an analytic/critical framework. As someone who is both, I loved it!
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, non-fiction
I expected quite a lot of this book as Youngdae Kim is a noted music critic and author who serves as a member of the Selection Committee for the Korean Music Awards. He is born and raised in South Korea but completed his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington and is currently living in the USA where he is a critical column writer for MTV and Vulture by New York Magazine among other things.

He has always been interested in and proud of BTS and I thought that with this book BTS wo
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May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really recommend this book to ARMYs and even those who are interested in music culture. Diving into the BTS Phenomenon, Kim showed insightful analysis and in-depth views on BTS music and their art. This book is really interesting in a way that nobody(so far) have ever written such a comprehensive book solely focusing on the success of BTS through their music. Kim was able to portray and explain his view, as a music critic on why BTS became successful and his views were truly eye-opening for me ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I finally finish this book and get the answer of the reason for the BTS phenomenon in the popular music industry.

It is obvious and may not be easily accepted by the general population who are into pop music and fandoms. But it is what it is.

I am glad that I am part of this exciting world.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is in my opinion a very interesting, and as it says, comprehensive review of the 'BTS phenomenon'. The author goes through BTS's career and rising fame as well as takes a look at their albums and solo mixtapes. It's already been outpaced by BTS's accomplishments however, being finished before the release of Map of the Soul: Persona, BTS's worldwide stadium tour this year, which included two historic nights at Wembley stadium, and BTS's wins at the BBMAs this year in the Top Social Arti ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An analysis of BTS that puts its money where its mouth is by looking at their music all the way from debut up to the conclusion of their Love Yourself series in 2018, including the rappers’ individual mixtapes.

I enjoyed it, particularly the columns on BTS’ integration of their Korean roots with a Hip-Hop sensibility, and the conclusion that rather than hail from a long line of Boy Bands, BTS is more on par with the likes of yes, The Beatles, but also Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury for thei
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoy reading about pop culture but too often it is either sensationalized or trivialized by the so-called critics who write about it. Fortunately, this book did not fall into either category.

This was an interesting book which looked at the BTS phenomenon from a more critical pov. The author made a valiant effort to review every single track in every single album put out by BTS and its members, tough not all of it in great detail, (imo that would have been nigh impossible.)

There are also essay
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the idea behind this book - track by track reviews of BTS’s discography? Interviews and in-depth discussions about BTS’s success? Sign me the fuck up!

The actual execution was great too, I liked the pretty illustrations and although it’s basically a fact-based book, something I usually find boring, this wasn’t too dry.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended for New ARMY! It would help you to appreciate each era of BTS and album by understanding the story behind each production, development of the artist capabilities in producing music along with insight of those who have been working with them.

Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Youngdae took us on a ride through Bangtan's discography up until mono. Really enjoyed an academic/critic's perspective on the BTS phenomena. ...more
Tu Cam
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
a nice overview of the group's musical progress. it's interesting to both hear the changes in their direction as a fan and read about it from the view of an expert ...more
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm an ARMY but most of the contents in this book are just like a compilation of news articles that continuously just praising BTS. However, the interview parts with the music producers, the Grammy voting member, etc. are what makes the book good. ...more
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