November 22, 2022

Track of the Week breaks down and talks concerning the track we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify Prime Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, take a look at our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, BTS return to their roots with the swaggering, assured “Run BTS.”


“Okay, let’s go,” SUGA directs in the beginning of “Run BTS,” one of many new tracks on BTS’ anthology album, PROOF (out as we speak, June tenth). The album is dense, 48 tracks pulled from the group’s 9 years of exercise up to now. “Run BTS” is likely one of the model new choices, kicking off Disc 2 of the three-part assortment.

The title of the track has nothing to do with BTS’ longstanding selection present of the identical identify, and all the things to do with the truth that the members of BTS have been “operating” just about nonstop since their debut in 2013 — the driving guitar and energetic beat recall a number of the extra unhinged power of earlier eras of the group. This time, although, the track isn’t being carried out by a gaggle of seven younger males making an attempt their highest to make their method, however by a septet of assured adults who’ve achieved issues past their wildest goals.

There are references to the various hardships they encountered of their previous — the looming risk of being despatched house throughout their days as trainees, their outdated deal with in a one-bedroom dorm the place all of them resided, and an outdated studio that usually flooded when it rained an excessive amount of. SUGA is totally in his bag on his verse, his rapid-fire circulation lending itself to one among his greatest choices in current reminiscence: “The rationale behind Bangtan’s success? I don’t know if there’s one thing like that/ All of us simply run onerous/ It doesn’t matter what, we simply run,” he says.”

“Consolation? Received them (Received them)/ Ideas, bought them (Received them)/ Good music, bought them (Received them)/ Good workforce? Goddamn,” RM replies. Jimin and Jin’s vocals soar in the course of the pre-chorus, earlier than V’s wealthy baritone and Jungkook’s dependable riffs preserve the power careening ahead. And, as traditional, J-Hope almost steals the present by the point his verse closes issues out.

This type of (well-earned) confidence that teeters into flexing hasn’t actually been entrance and heart on a BTS observe like this because the days of “Mic Drop,” but when there was any time for these boys to take a step again and tally up their achievements, it was this current second. The whiplash from “But To Come” into this explosion of power is welcomed.

— Mary Siroky
Contributing Editor


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