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Bts - Map Of The Soul : Persona (2019) Published: April 12/19 Released: April 12/19 albumK-Pop7 Tracks • 26 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
The percentage of professional music reviewers who liked this. Above 75% is gold. ?
79%
    SELECTED LINE: A record that sees them continuing to raise the bar. -New Musical Express (NME)
    Map of the Soul: Persona is the fifth studio extended play by BTS, released by Big Hit Entertainment on April 12, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Intro : Persona2:51BTS
    2. Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)3:49BTS
    3. Mikrokosmos3:44BTS
    4. Make It Right3:46BTS
    5. HOME3:54BTS
    6. Jamais vu3:47BTS
    7. Dionysus4:09BTS
℗ 2019 Bighit Entertainment
Critic Reviews (38)

BTS move forward with grace on Map of the Soul: Persona.

2 weeks ago

Chicago Reader Chicago Reader (TOP)

Map Of The Soul: Persona sees the K-pop boys of BTS at the most fun they have ever sounded.

80% 2 weeks ago

Star2.com Star2.com

With the concept of looking for the self and collaboration of two big stars, BTS made this album full of meaning in their milestone.

80% 2 weeks ago

The Edge The Edge

Once again, BTS have proven why they are one of the best pop groups in the world.

100% 2 weeks ago

SCMP Young Post SCMP Young Post

The album feels like it was a rush to ride on the current wave of press coverage, rather than an honest effort to prove that they are not just another boy group.

2 weeks ago

Soundigest Soundigest

It is hard to imagine that BTS can actually get any bigger, but if this album proves anything, it is that we are only scraping the tip of their potential.

80% 2 weeks ago

VULTUREHOUND MAG VULTUREHOUND MAG

They well deserve every accolade they get.

90% 2 weeks ago


Have you heard a boy band like this before? Yes, but not since the Beatles.

70% 2 weeks ago

Philly.com Philly.com

Persona is missing the dramatic punch of BTS's previous work.

50% 2 weeks ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

A valiant, and partly successful attempt from K-pop’s biggest band to move forward in their music.

60% 2 weeks ago

Clash Music Clash Music

With Map of the Soul : Persona, they deliver a ready-for-action EP, hopping easily between genres like hip-hop, rock, R&B, and trap in a multifaceted exploration inside the lives and hearts of one of the biggest boy bands on Earth.

91% 2 weeks ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

The album is an open door to those who want a piece of the action: BTS are just asking for a fair chance.

70% 1 month ago

The 405 The 405

Mostly Map of the Soul: Persona serves as a reminder of BTS’ impregnability. The juggernauts roll on.

60% 1 month ago


Map of the Soul: Persona is an invitation into the deeply philosophical, expansive recesses of what fans like to call the BTS Universe.

1 month ago


It's competent pop that defines all seven tracks.

60% 1 month ago

lautde lautde

Persona hails the love between themselves and ARMY.

1 month ago

Odyssey Odyssey

It’s BTS’ world, and you should join their army.

1 month ago

Vinyl Me Please Vinyl Me Please

Map of the Soul: Persona is a swift seven songs.

1 month ago

FanSided FanSided

Managing in just seven tracks what plenty of other bands fail to achieve throughout their entire career.

80% 1 month ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

This album in particular feels like it’s packaged on an assembly line.

1 month ago

Hollywood Reporter Hollywood Reporter (TOP)

The biggest K-pop group in the world try to move their sound forward but spend too much time leaning on their past.

61% 1 month ago


2019 is proving to be a phenomenal year for BTS.

1 month ago

The Daily Dot The Daily Dot

If you aren't a part of the Army yet, this could be the album that has the masses lining up to sign up.

1 month ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

Map of the Soul: Persona is a fitting celebration for a group at the top of their game.

80% 1 month ago

AllMusic AllMusic

It turns out only to be seven tracks long.

60% 1 month ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

BTS created an album so wholly unremarkable and sickeningly algorithm-friendly, it disappears from your mind moments after you finish listening.

1 month ago

POPDUST POPDUST

I absolutely adore each and every song on this album!

100% 1 month ago

idobi Radio idobi Radio

Map of the Soul: Persona was said to introduce BTS' next chapter and these seven songs feel like they're leading to grander things from RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook.

1 month ago


Persona charts new territory.

1 month ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

One of the group’s strongest and most expansive to date.

1 month ago

Idolator Idolator

They’re not hiding behind any persona, what they’re sharing here is genuine.

95% 1 month ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Confident with their own sound, the group seem unwilling to break new ground sonically.

60% 1 month ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

It’s bright, colourful and full of the insanely catchy choruses they’ve become famous for.

1 month ago

hmv hmv

Ultimately, the most striking thing about the music here is how perfectly it fits in, rather than how much it stands out.

60% 1 month ago


This may just be the album to give them their big global nominations during award season.

1 month ago

CelebMix CelebMix

Map Of The Soul: Persona is BTS’s most mature, refined record to date, and it most definitely sounds like a new era following the Love Yourself trilogy.

1 month ago

Metro Newspaper UK Metro Newspaper UK

The 7-song album is taut musically and thematically.

1 month ago


A record that sees them continuing to raise the bar.

80% 1 month ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

GlowingTaeTae1 month ago
WHOLE ALBUM IS A BOP This album is a whole masterpiece and honestly I think more people need to open their minds to music that isn’t in the language they speak. These boys make excellent quality content and love their fans with everything they have, and we love them back. Let’s go for album and artist of the year, armys!

Edens211 month ago
Incredible bts never ceases to amaze me, and this is no exception

bogoshipaaa1 month ago
ALBUM OF THE YEAR EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ALBUM IS AMAZING! FROM BOY WITH LUV TO HOME TO DIONYSUS ALL THE SONGS KNOW HOW TO HYPE YOU UP! THANKS BTS💜

veautiful_twt1 month ago
Wow Amazing album as always, they never disappoint. Gotta love the versatility of this album, the songs are all so different and unique. They really outdid themselves with this time! Can’t help but wonder what hidden gems they have 👀

mebd591 month ago
The Boys are back!! I absolutely LOVE this album!!!! Some of the songs like Dionysus felt a bit strange to me in the way that it’s something different BUT I love that they are exploring different concepts. I absolutely LOVE mikrokosmos!!!! An amazing album! Definitely recommend
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