In 2015, BTS ushered in an era they called ‘the most beautiful moment in life’. This title refers to that period of youth when everything feels possible and full of potential, but insecurities and doubts lurk around every corner as you try to navigate a life of responsibility and save yourself. Six years later—older, wiser, and more distant from that transitional period—the Korean group returned to that description.
But this time, “the most beautiful moment in life” has developed. He is no longer just focused on a particular stage of life or even rooted in the present. The theme song “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” from BTS’ new anthology album “Proof” is at the same time tinged with nostalgia and full of optimism for the future. “Yes, the past was frankly the best / But my best is what comes next,” J sings early, his voice is rich, luxurious in tone and confident in his stance.
“Proof”—which largely contains the tracks that propelled BTS to the heights they now play (or demos and alternatives to those songs)—is a moment to take stock and reflect, and “Yet To Come” dives into it. the situation. Across the track, a poignant piece of alternative hip-hop, the seven members weigh in on everything from the awards they’ve been given over the years, their purpose and their future.
“That uncomfortable title we once got / We’re still embarrassed about being called the best,” Suga rap as the sliding melodies of the chorus immerse the outside in ultra-low frequency bass. The humble spirit the group still identifies with the colors of their musings, often ignoring the great monuments associated with the nicknames often used to refer to them (record-breakers, history-makers, and many others). “We just loved the music / We’re moving forward,” Jungkook offers a realistic, while J-Hope suggests, even with the band’s lofty worldview, there’s still work to be done: “I still have a lot to learn / My life, it has a lot to achieve.”
The ruminating on ‘Yet To Come’ not only revisits the past, but also captures some of the themes that have remained constant throughout BTS’s work thus far. As they sing and sing their story, they touch on the idea of having a dream (“Do you have a dream? What is the end of this path?”youth and growth“Getting About Today/More Like Us”).
Musically, too, the song sets its sights on what’s coming before. Bearing the same emotional vibe as 2017, ‘Spring Day’ is one of the group’s best songs, while taking things back even further. Between the layers of the track is a faint, high-pitched sound that hints at the squirrel-sampling style of hip-hop music in the early to mid-2000s. When rap RM We will touch the sky before the day we dieNot only does it sound like a nod to Kanye West’s Touch The Sky but it’s a subtle and clever nod to that entire era.
The single isn’t the only piece of new material in ‘Proof’ and the other new tracks of the record continue their practice in ending this chapter of BTS’s tale. The previously unreleased tracks “Quotation Mark” and “Young Love” carve soft grooves and dripping with soul respectively, while “Run BTS” returns to its hip-hop roots with its infectious and accelerating rhythms. Covers this gem in sentimental form, ‘For Youth’ sampled 2016’s ‘Epilogue: Young Forever’ before paying tribute to the growing fan base that has been on their side since 2013. “Yes, you are my youth / and my spring / my thankful friend / my pride, my sky and my love,” J-Hope is half a crown.
When the end of an era occurs, there is often a sense of the end that comes with it and this is the case with ‘proof’. But, as the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens and there are so many moments in these exciting songs that allay any fears that this is the case forever. Just as “After You Come” tells us, the most beautiful moment in life will continue to shift to new heights, and as Jungkook silky vows to “Promise we’ll keep coming back for more” He suggests, BTS won’t be far away.
BTS’ new compilation album “Proof” is out now