December 3, 2022

Track of the Week breaks down and talks in regards to the music we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify High 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 at the beginning of “Run BTS,” one of many new tracks on BTS’ anthology album, PROOF (out at this time, June tenth). The album is dense, 48 tracks pulled from the group’s 9 years of exercise to this point. “Run BTS” is likely one of the model new choices, kicking off Disc 2 of the three-part assortment.

The title of the music has nothing to do with BTS’ longstanding selection present of the identical identify, and every thing to do with the truth that the members of BTS have been “working” nearly nonstop since their debut in 2013 — the driving guitar and energetic beat recall a number of the extra unhinged vitality of earlier eras of the group. This time, although, the music isn’t being carried out by a gaggle of seven younger males attempting their best 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 menace of being despatched residence throughout their days as trainees, their previous handle in a one-bedroom dorm the place all of them resided, and an previous studio that always flooded when it rained an excessive amount of. SUGA is totally in his bag on his verse, his rapid-fire movement lending itself to certainly one of his finest choices in current reminiscence: “The explanation behind Bangtan’s success? I don’t know if there’s one thing like that/ All of us simply run arduous/ It doesn’t matter what, we simply run,” he says.”

“Consolation? Acquired them (Acquired them)/ Ideas, bought them (Acquired them)/ Good music, bought them (Acquired them)/ Good workforce? Goddamn,” RM replies. Jimin and Jin’s vocals soar through the pre-chorus, earlier than V’s wealthy baritone and Jungkook’s dependable riffs hold the vitality careening ahead. And, as ordinary, J-Hope practically steals the present by the point his verse closes issues out.

This sort of (well-earned) confidence that teeters into flexing hasn’t actually been entrance and middle on a BTS observe like this for the reason that 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 vitality is welcomed.

— Mary Siroky
Contributing Editor


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