Hi! It’s Annie!
Over the past three days we have gotten the complete track list for the brand new anthology album! And to say that I am excited would be a gross understatement. Along with the classic BTS songs, we’ve gotten a whole host of songs that I would cry if I ever saw live. Three CDs full of songs and more content than we had ever been expecting should be more than enough to keep everyone happy. Just as I said, any disappointment any of us may have originally felt about the hype surrounding this anthology album, wouldn’t stick around for long. There is only one tiny complaint that I have about this album, but I’ll get to that later and it once again doesn’t have anything to do with the boys. But that’s neither here nor there in the grand scheme of all of these amazing announcements involved with the album. So I’m just going to jump right into it!
The track list for CD 1 is pretty much comprised of all of the classic greatest hits we all expected from this album. Songs like ‘No More Dream’, ‘N.O’, ‘Boy in Luv’, ‘Danger’, ‘I NEED U’, ‘Run’, ‘Fire,’ ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’, ‘Spring Day’, ‘DNA’, ‘Fake Love’, ‘Idol’, ‘Boy with Luv (feat. Halsey)’, ‘ON’, ‘Dynamite’, ‘Life Goes On’, and ‘Butter’ are included here. These include much of the popular songs from each album including all the main tracks that have had MVs to go with them for the most part. All of these songs have been more or less performed recently between the several online and live concerts that BTS has done, revisiting the songs that they had missed. ‘Danger’ is the only one that really sticks out to me as one we haven’t seen performed in quite a while and I would love to see this one live if they were to do it! But there are two tracks specifically here that stick out as being a bit different from the rest. This CD opens with ‘Born Singer’. I am one hundred percent preparing to cry my eyes out when I hear it on this CD. While the song is not on many of their other albums, and honestly not on much when it comes to media to begin with, this song means a lot to the members. I think many of us remember their first tours where they performed this song and cried almost every single time they did. It is packed with emotion and I can’t even describe how incredibly happy I am to see it here. On top of this, the album will end with ‘Yet To Come’. This is the main new solo track on the album and the song that will get the brand new MV. I absolutely can’t wait to hear what this song is like! And a new MV announcement will always make me beyond excited!
This is the second CD of this new anthology album, and this is where I started to get really excited with the possibilities of live performances. Part of this is because this is the CD that largely holds the anthology of paired off tracks and solo tracks. And I’ve never seen any of those live, so I’m hoping that I’ll possibly be able to soon! Let’s cross our fingers! This CD opens with ‘Run, BTS’ which is another brand new song. Usually songs with their name in the title are pretty lighthearted and badass at the same time and just sound like so much fun. I can’t imagine this one would be much different! This could possibly be a new theme song for their variety show of the same name as well, which does make me wonder if it’ll be coming back soon. But that’s probably looking too far into it. Especially because they’ve taken a well needed break from the show. But I do wonder if the name of the song is coincidental. The rest of the album includes solo tracks such as ‘Intro: Persona’, ‘Moon’, ‘Trivia: Seesaw’, ‘Outro: Ego’, ‘Filter’, ‘Singularity’, and ‘Euphoria’. These to me seem like they were probably handpicked by each performer as their individual favorite songs, and the variation is exciting to see in itself! All of these are absolutely favorites of mine. And then we have the divided songs; ‘Stay’, ‘Jamais Vu’, ‘Cypher Part 3: Killer’, ‘Her’, ‘Friends’, ‘Zero O’ Clock’, and ‘Dimple’. There are two rap line and vocal line songs each and then a mix of several others. ‘Jamais Vu’ is Hobi, Jungkook, and Jin while ‘Stay’ is Namjoon, Jungkook, and Jin which leaves ‘Friends’ which is Jimin and Tae. The only member who is not included on these types of songs is Yoongi, but that is more than made up for on the next CD. I just want to say, if the rap line does ‘Killer’ live I will probably scream and cry at the same time. I can’t even imagine how powerful that would be.
This CD is one of the ones that is garnering the most excitement, and for good reason. This CD almost feels like a complete album by itself. There is nothing on this CD that we have heard before, because this is the demo CD. We are going to be hearing all new versions of many of the songs we love, many of them by individual members. We are getting complete OT7 demos of; ‘Jump’, ‘Boy In Luv’, and ‘Boyz with Fun’. I am particularly excited to hear the original Namjoon portion of ‘Boy In Luv’. On top of this we are getting solo demo songs which I can barely even wrap my head around. I have been distracted by this news all day. ‘Young Forever (RM Version)’, ‘Spring Day (V Version)’, ‘DNA (JHope Version)’, ‘Epiphany (Jin Demo)’, ‘Seesaw (Suga Demo)’, and ‘Still With You (Jungkook Acapella)’ gives each member time to shine (Except for Jimin, unfortunately). And brand new versions of songs we know and love, including many songs that are usually sung by all of the members. Having these demo versions finally in album form is something we’ve all been wanting very badly but I don’t think any of us ever dreamed that it actually could happen. I teared up just looking at this track list release! But this is not all from this CD! This one also includes ‘Young Love’, ‘Quotation Mark’ and ‘For Youth’. All of these are new songs! So instead of the three new songs we were promised, we are actually getting five! Though I’ll get back to why they said three later. This also, very importantly includes a song we have all been waiting for; ‘Tony Montana (feat. Jimin)’. We’ve only seen this live once and it hasn’t been released anywhere else! I honestly can barely believe it and I’m so happy! But this CD is where my one possible complaint comes in. Other than ‘For Youth’, which will be released digitally, this CD is all CD only. Though I understand doing this to a marketing degree, and I absolutely will be buying an album anyways, it’s pretty odd for anyone to be making CD only pieces of albums anymore. Especially because since everything went digital, many of us don’t actually have CD players anymore. I, like many ARMY, immediately panicked because I don’t think I actually have any place to play CDs anymore in my home. I’ll still have to see if I can possibly find a DVD player that will work. But I wish they could have done this a different way or just didn’t do it. I don’t doubt there will be a time very soon when nobody will have even DVD players anymore to try to play this on, never mind CD players. This decision doesn’t translate very well to the digital age, but I’m going to try my very best to listen to this CD in any way I can!
I’m so excited for this album and it still blows my mind that this isn’t it. We still have a month long of concept photos and music video hype to come! And now that we know there will be a song called ‘Question Mark’, I wonder if that gives context to the question marks that were in the schedule but I doubt it. I have a feeling that it’s surprises that they just haven’t announced yet. A month full of BTS announcements is all I want right now and my excitement for this album has once again gone through the roof! I do wonder a little bit about the tour, but BTS has to deal with a fairly indecisive government right now so I don’t think any of us should put pressure on them to do one. That aside, this album is enough in itself! Now we just have to wait for June!
See you across the pond!