BTS deliver their new album “Love Yourself: Tear.”
K-Pop music band BTS share their sorrow, wrapped in reflective EDM and alt-R&B album Love Yourself: Tear. Drawing inspiration from their momentous career, their fandom — known as ARMY — and the world around them, Tear is a darker, sophisticated look at themes previously explored on their albums.
Released today, BTS’ highly-anticipated Love Yourself: Tear is the group’s third LP, and the second part of their Love Yourself series. It follow last year’s record-breaking Love Yourself: Her EP, which landed the boy band at the No. 7 on the Billboard 200, making them the highest-ranked Korean group to date.
The first two songs on Tear open up the work with a sense of melancholy. Up first is “Singularity,” an intro track sung solely by V that was released earlier this month. It’s an alt-R&B tune full of echoing synths, sleek bass and breathy, deep singing from the BTS member, and leads into the similarly-toned opening of “Fake Love.” Serving as Tear’s single, the song thematically expresses the idea that true love can only be felt after a person loves themselves. Dominated by rock instrumentals, trap beats, and emo hip-hop, it depicts a sort of mellow desperation through stoic raps, ambient synth quirks, and dreamy, echoing verses in a push towards the frenzied anguish of the choral cry of “I’m so sick of this fake love.”
Unlike the majority of BTS albums, Love Yourself: Tear does not feature any bonus hidden tracks, which are typically available only on physical copies of their albums.
Suga, RM, J-Hope, and Jungkook each had a hand in the album’s production. Along with Steve Aoki and BTS’ Big Hit Entertainment team, album tracks were also written by Charlie J. Perry (“Singularity), Lophiile and MNEK (“Paradise”), Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young (“Love Maze,” “Magic Shop”), Ali Tamposi and Jaycen Joshua (“Airplane pt. 2”), and DOCSKIM and Shin Myung Soo (“Outro: Tear”).
Stream the album below.
Listen to Love Yourself: Tear below.