Packaging: hardcover cd case/photobook combo with a neato magnetic closure. Photobook in three parts - a schoolhouse interior shoot, a series of black and white snip-out postcards, and an exterior shoot in a graffiti-ed skatepark. Comes with a combination glossy bookmark and photocard (I got Rapmon) which can be torn or cut apart on the perforation and a set of cute Hip Hop Monster stickers (also glossy). I love this packaging. It's my favorite so far!
Concept: the schoolboy concept fits BTS's original image so well and in spite of some heavy opposition from people who were never going to be happy anyway, this mini-album is the first to really feel like a unified concept piece. Everyone looks great and the songs, lyrics and skits all merge into a solid, upbeat listen.
Music: Rapline stans will be happy. I'm pretty jazzed with how effectively showcased all of the rappers' individual talents are. There are some great OT7 songs, too and while vocal-line doesn't get much to do alone, their growth as performers is still evident. The majority of songs are hard-hitting and/or high-energy with very few ballads, only one of which left me feeling nothing (I'm dead inside and hard to win over with love songs, it's not their fault).
Bonus: There's a super-cute skit which doesn't really end up being a skit at all. PD Bang inadvertently cameos. J-hope lowkey hits on V. Everyone is exceedingly noisy and endearing.
- Original Release Date: February 12, 2014
- Release Date: February 12, 2014
- Label: Bighit Entertainment
- Copyright: (C) 2014 Bighit Entertainment
- Total Length: 35:24
- ASIN: B0752YGG18
- Customer Reviews: 911 customer ratings
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