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[Interview] BTS Explains Why an Album Comeback Took So Long

BTS has come back.
 After eight months since its first full-length album Dark&Wild was released in August 2014, BTS has returned. And that′s why the new mini album In the Mood for Love Pt. 1 is a long-awaited album for both the fans and BTS.

 Having put their hearts and souls into In the Mood for Love Pt.1, BTS can brag about the high quality of each song.

 From Hold Me Tight′s modern piano melody, the retro funk hip-hop song, BTS Diss to Outro: Love is Not Over, which highlights the vocals in the minimal composition, not one song was created carelessly. BTS also expressed its satisfaction in the completeness of In the Mood for Love Pt.1.

 "We′re satisfied in this album and the response is good within the company as well,“ said Suga. "They said that the title song I Need U seemed especially new with melody. We spent three to four times more working on I Need U in comparison to other title songs. There are four different versions with the same beat. It′s a song that kept coming out with constant editing. We′ve put in that much effort and everyone is satisfied.”

Having debuted in June 2013 with the single album 2 Cool 4 Skool, BTS has continued activities in Korea without resting. After releasing the full-length album Dark&Wild in August of 2014, BTS went on hiatus for eight months - the longest the group has had. People can say that the comeback in Korea is happening quite late. It can be because of the focus on Japanese promotions, but it′s also because BTS was struggling and worrying musically.

“Because it′s the time for BTS to become better, we as well as the company suddenly had much to think about. It′s the most important time period. As we worked on our music, we made the most interventions this time. We don′t feel the burden when we express our opinions about the music, so we said everything. It felt like we should. Because of that, we wre able to have satisfying results. We′re anticipating the music that we′ll be letting many people listen to.”

BTS′ In the Mood for Love Pt.1 includes a total of nine tracks including an intro and an outro. The number of tracks that can basically make it a full-length album has come as a surprise.

“We think of every album as a full-length album,” said Rap Monster. Suga added, “It′s the concept of The Giving Tree. We wanted to tell a lot of good stories.”

Another reason why In the Mood for Love Pt.1 stands out is because the members participated in the creation of it. The BTS members have been part of the song composition and lyric writing, as well as the overall production, proving themselves as idol group members who are exceptional when it comes to creating music. It especially showed the growth of the vocal line, which includes Jung Kook, V and Jin.

Jung Kook produced Outro: Love is Not Over, while V participated in the melody-making of Hold Me Tight. Jin also flaunted his lyric writing skills in BTS Diss.

As usual, the rapper line had a big hand in creating the album this time as well. “The amount of participation in the album by the members is getting bigger,” said Jin.

“The members all have greed when it comes to music,” added Suga. “At first, they didn′t participate a lot, but these days, they′re really into it. The speed of growth is blinding.”

Then what songs on the album are the members′ favorites?

“I have the most affection towards the title song I Need U,” answered Jimin. “Because people listen to the title song the most, we put in the most work and practice the most with it, so a lot of affection goes towards it.”

Jin chose BTS Diss, saying, “It′s the first time I wrote lyrics for a song. The song itself is very exciting so I listen to it often.”

J-Hope picked Move. “It has the most sincerity in all the songs that I′ve written, so I like it.”

Jung Kook liked his self-produced Outro: Love is Not Over, and V also chose Hold Me Tight, which he worked on the melody for.

“There′s something emotional about Move. When you move and organize everything, it also stands for a fresh new start. That′s the implication that I received,” said Rap Monster.

“It′s Intro: In the Mood for Love for me. It′s the beginning of the album, so it was a bit burdensome, but the results were good. It′s the track that I have the most affection for,” said Suga.

Through the new mini album, BTS will draw out a picture of a youth in danger. When asked what this album meant for BTS, Suga answered, “It′s the album that comes after the third school concept for Dark&Wild. With this album as the starting point, I think we′re in the situation where we′re growing. In that sense, In the Mood for Love Pt.1 is going to be an album that gives a student the feeling of growth.”

BTS released the In the Mood for Love Pt.1 on April 29.

cr: mwave

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