BTS Map of the Stars: 7 V1+V4 Unboxing and Review

BTS is the Korean pop sensation that has taken the world by storm, introducing many to the genre, myself included. The band has been together for 7 years and consists of 7 members (RM, V, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Jimin, Suga), leading to the reasoning behind the 7th studio album being titled Map of the Stars: 7. The album contains collaborations with the likes of Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Troye Sivan and a digital exclusive with Sia.

Fans did get a tease of the comeback back in 2019 as the first five songs of Map of the Stars: 7 were previously released on Map of the Stars: Persona.

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Now sit back and let’s take a brief look at each song along with the album contents of the Versions 1 and 4.

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Tracklist:

  1. Intro: Persona
  2. Boy with Luv (Feat. Halsey)
  3. Make it Right
  4. Jamais Vu
  5. Dionysus
  6. Interlude: Shadow
  7. Black Swan
  8. Filter
  9. My Time
  10. Louder than Bombs
  11. ON
  12. UGH!
  13. 00:00 (Zero O’Clock)
  14. Inner Child
  15. Friends
  16. Moon
  17. Respect
  18. We are Bulletproof: The Eternal
  19. Outro: Ego

~ON (Feat. Sia)

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Intro: Persona
A solo track by band leader RM that’s backed with a guitar riff that’s mixed with hip-hop style that surprisingly works by meshing together sounds of various genres.

Boy with Luv
One of my favorites for it’s bright and poppy feel. While Halsey’s portions aren’t at the forefront of the track, they work together seamlessly creating a perfect summery hit.

Make it Right
I must say I’m in love with this track. It’s co-written and produced by Ed Sheeran and if I’m being entirely honest, does sound like something he would have on one of his own albums and I’m super into it.

Jamais Vu
Super melodic and pretty with a hint of whimsy.

Dionysus
Really love the overall sound and vibe of this track. It hits harder than my kpop newbie ears thought it would.

Interlude: Shadow
This track was also previously released but the album version has an additional minute that focuses on Suga’s journey. 

Black Swan
Featuring a wonderful blend of a graceful instrumental and R&B sound, this hits. 

Filter
This is a Jimin solo track that is the most western-sounding of the album. I’d say it’s a good introduction song for those wanting to get into kpop.

My Time
Chronicling Jungkook’s emotions from the beginning of BTS until Map of the Stars: 7, this delicate song allows listeners to catch a glimpse of JK’s innerworkings.

Louder than Bombs
Co-written with Troye Sivan and features a raw sound that evokes emotion. I’m lukewarm on this one. Depending on the day I really like it and others, I’m just ok with it haha

ON
The second promotional song off the album, ON is a play of BTS’s first Single NO. It’s a strong, empowering song backed with robust sound and impeccable choreography. 

UGH!
Focuses on the rappers of the group and is filled with so much rugged emotion that is impossible to bob your head to (and try to rap along with lol)

00:00 (Zero O’Clock)
Next comes a soft and gentle song focused on Jimin and V. It’s the first of 4 back to back songs with melodic emotion. It’s sweet, cute and sounds lovely to my ears.

Inner Child
This one focuses on V’s journey through each step of his musical career and composed as a letter to his younger self. 

Friends
This is the Jimin and V duet everyone’s been loving since the album’s release. It’s a beautiful song about friendship and brings forth the wonderful idea of soulmates outside of a romantic sense. I love it. 

Moon
Jin’s love letter to the BTS ARMY is comprised of soft beauty and emotion that hits especially hard with Jin’s military departure looming ever closer.

Respect
RM and Suga really knock it out of the park with this 90’s hip hop inspired track. It’s fun and easy to sway with.

We are Bulletproof: The Eternal
Also just another great song of fighting against all odds as a unit rather than alone. 

Outro: Ego
Funny enough, the intro to this song reminded me of Eric B and Rakim intros but the tone of this one quickly changed into more of a fun, party feel with a latin flavor that I can’t help but shake my hips to.

ON (Feat. Sia)
I honestly don’t like Sia’s additions to this track. The original is sooo good and the additions seem out of place and, in my opinion don’t flow well with the original vibe of the song.

Overall Rating: 8/10

 

Album Unboxings

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Both versions come with the same general things:

Sticker Sheet
Coloring Page
Post Card
The Notes
Lyric Book
Poster Book

I ended up getting two post cards with Version 1, so I was definitely happy about that. But I was a little disappointed with the coloring sheet. I thought it could have been a little more creative or maybe even include different versions but alas, we just got a blank 7. The stick sheet is awesome. It’s funny and cute so I adore it. I also don’t really know how to feel about the poster book things. I much rather have had a fully fledged out photo book because I won’t be putting up the double-sided posters, especially since they’re all folded right down the middle. But I do like the concepts behind them.

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Version 1’s concept was more fit to go along with the Black Swan aesthetic. The photoshoot was dark and moody. I appreciated it and love the images but paired with the paper they were printed on, I felt like something was lost a bit. The prints were a little too dark so some features of the members were hard to make out.

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Version 4’s concept is my absolute favorite of the 4 versions. It’s so cute and playful! Exactly what I would expect from a BTS album. It’s a comic booky aesthetic that shows off the friendship between the members. They all also look so cute in their pics. I cry.

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Well, that was my first kpop album review. What’d you think? Did you get Map of the Stars: 7? Are you ARMY? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram!

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