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Riding the wave of success following 2015's The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 and 2016's The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever, BTS continued their global ascent with the release of their sophomore LP, Wings. Issued in late 2016, Wings pushed the creative maturation for the K-pop septet while maintaining the unique spirit that had so endeared them to fans looking for more than the typical K-pop industry product. In addition to a handful of requisite hits that deftly captured the contemporary pop zeitgeist, Wings allowed BTS to delve deeper into more serious topics (such as mental health, non-conformity, and female empowerment) and artistic expressions. Wings notably features seven solo tracks that showcase the personality of each BTS member. On V's soulfully jazzy "Stigma," Suga's intense "First Love," and Rap Monster's atmospheric "Reflection," gravity and introspection collide, grounding the dance-pop gems that bookend the album. Jungkook's "Begin" is bright and tropically inspired (much like lead single "Blood Sweat & Tears," it sounds like something produced by Major Lazer), while Jimin's bold "Lie" is buffered by lush orchestral production and Motown cool. Jin contributes a gorgeous ballad with "Awake," and J-Hope maintains the hip-hop heartbeat of BTS with "MAMA." The other half of Wings finds BTS together as a unit and in full K-pop hit mode on infectious dance tracks like "Lost," "Interlude: Wings," and the booming one-two punch of "Am I Wrong" and "21st Century Girls." Diehards will rejoice at the sight of "BTS Cypher 4" (the first since 2014) which features frantic trap-rapping akin to countrymate Keith Ape. With such a wide range of stylistic influences and lyrical content, BTS continue to push the limits of what can be said or done in K-pop. Wings is a testament that such risks can be both substantial and successful. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 8804775073618
catalogNumber: 3470051
Rank: 263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

BTS   Primary Artist
Tony Esterly   Synthesizer,Bass
Miss Kay   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jamie Humphries   Guitar
P-Dogg   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Rap
James F. Reynolds   Harmonica
Sam Klempner   Bass,Drums,Vocals
Supreme Boi   Rap
Slow Rabbit   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Rap
Docskim   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano
Philtre   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jung Kook   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Suga   Producer
Pierre Medor   Producer
Tony Esterly   Programming,Producer
Miss Kay   Producer
Josh Wilkinson   Producer
P-Dogg   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Rhythm Programming
Bang Si Hyuk AKA "Hitman" Bang   Executive Producer
James F. Reynolds   Producer
Sam Klempner   Producer,Engineer
Supreme Boi   Engineer
Slow Rabbit   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Docskim   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Philtre   Producer
Tricky Stewart   Producer
Lee Hyeok   Director

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