[Review] DNA – BTS

BTS has made their return to the stage with their latest mini-album release, titled as Love Yourself: Her. The lead title track from Love Yourself: Her is DNA. Ths is their first major release since winning the Billboard’s Top Social Artist award and Internation Artist at the Teen Choice Awards. Congratulations to BTS once again for their wins but for also representing KPOP at the big stage!

Once again, BTS has put out a great song. It is their most upbeat song, in my opinion. You can tell from the song’s brighter start with the guitar and pop-based instrumental. The whistles at the very start capture your attention and give a little mysterious vibe to the song. Interestingly, the song takes a turn and becomes EDM based, with a pretty good drop only after the chorus. I personally thought the mix between the two was quite nice and refreshing even though it seems a little mainstream nowadays. Per usual, the vocals and raps were quite good but they don’t seem as captivating as their previous songs. I am in love with the bridge where V, Jin, Jungkook and Jimin slide in for their parts and that jaggered instrumental that followed for the final chorus was amazing. Overall, I liked the direction in which the song was going, up until that point. The “La La La‘  that followed was the most awkward part and didn’t fit in with the rest of the song. But minus the disappointing ending, the song was amazing overall.

This is their most colourful video to date. The colours that they used in the background popped out to grab your attention, which was like the song. I also liked the member’s interactions with the camera, which I thought was pretty cool. Even Suga smiled for a second in the video. The camera work was definitely another wow factor, especially the tricks used to film the V to J-Hope transitions at the start. And while I have only watched the video a few times so far, I wonder how they told the story this time. A part of me like BTS releases because of their concepts and storylines. And the fan theories, which make the video different each time you view them. So if you know cool ones, pop a link in the comments below so I can read about them!

[Updated] The performance for DNA is exactly as we all expected. All very cool moves and quite sophisticated in some parts. My favourite part was when they tangled their arms together and moved their arms as if an electric wave was passed through their arms.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 9/10 [Updated]
Overall Rating – 9/10 [Updated]

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