- NO MORE DREAM
- Shingeki no Boudan
- Ii ne! (CD only)
1. NO MORE DREAM
Oh boy, I love the string bass that opens up BTS’ Japanese debut. Considering this was also the group’s debut in Korea as well, I was unsure what to say since I’ve been out of the Kpop game for quite a while. Seems like the K-pop world has shifted just a little bit with their style taking on more of a hip-hop/trap-like genre and BTS kind of mixed it up. The song is mostly led by Rap Monster, Suga, and Jungkook with the other members popping here and there. It’s a cool song and quite an interesting listen, especially the chorus!
2. Shingeki no Boudan
As the first B-side, Shingeki no Boudan is surprisingly a little more energetic, but keeps that hip-hop feel going and the rappers in the song are just quite impressive all-around. I’m enjoying the addition of horns and strings, but not sacrificing much in the flow. I feel like the track is doing much more to hype the group moreso than in “NO MORE DREAM” could. Fun track and surprising it wasn’t an A-side alongside the leading track.
3. Ii ne!
On CD only editions of the single, it comes with another B-side and it seems to be an original track unlike the previous two tracks. I also feel like it’s a big shift in styles where this feels more soulful and smooth and showcases the singers more than the rappers and I enjoyed hearing Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, and even V here. Though the rappers have their moments too so I approve that too. It’s a pretty cool song overall!
I may be quite a bit late to the BTS party, but it’s never too late to get into the group who are reaching new heights internationally. Going into their debut works, I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t into them as much as their more recent offerings, but I really like that they kicked off a new direction for K-pop. NO MORE DREAM is pretty different (alongside Shingeki no Boudan) as they brought a lot more of this rap-like edginess that K-pop really needed to step out and stand out too. Ii ne! though was cool and stylish and laidback and I’m impressed for their debut and can’t wait to dive deeper.