The very first tune on the very first BTS single album, 2013’s 2 Cool 4 Skool, begins with an audio pattern from DJ Frizz: “We are actually going to progress to some steps that are a bit harder. Prepared, set, and start.”
The BTS boys of 9 years in the past took that introduction critically. It’s typically been mentioned that they’ve been “operating” since their debut, which is to say they’ve been working virtually nonstop, breaking data, making historical past, and carving a path the place there was beforehand solely been untamed wilderness. Over the course of over 9 studio albums, six compilation albums, and 6 EPs, BTS has redefined what a pop act out of South Korea might be.
It’s this concept that reveals itself because the crux of their new anthology album, PROOF, obtainable in the present day, June tenth. A whopping 48 songs had been pulled from completely different eras of BTS’ profession, a quantity that features three model new tracks, beforehand unreleased entries (“Born Singer” and “Younger Love”), and a plethora of never-before-heard demos.
It may be onerous to know the place to begin when diving into and analyzing one thing so huge — or a minimum of it was for this author. However in listening to PROOF, which was structured very deliberately into three sections, BTS’ story all however tells itself. Under, we’re unpacking all of it.