On Nov. 20, 2015, BTS released the next chapter of the “Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa” saga, “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2.” This project saw refinement and progression in storytelling.
Suga continues his monologue from his intro in “The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Pt. 1“ during “Intro: Never Mind.” Although he delivered solidly on the previous EP’s intro, there is a rawness in his delivery as he reflects on his youth that grates on the ear and conveys the sheer determination to never give up.
The lead single, “RUN,” has a lyrical motion that no other track has. The delivery matches the lyrical intent of pursuing something just outside of reach and then accepting that you may not attain it, but it’s okay. There is also a sonic and lyrical juxtaposition between RM and Suga. RM starts out singing about reaching out for someone with all his strength no matter how hard it may be, while Suga raps about the opposite viewpoint, stating that it’s no use in reaching, for “it’s a dream to be broken.”
In the second single, “Butterfly,” rapping takes a secondary place to singing. The first member of the rap line to appear on the track is Suga at the 1:44 mark, followed by J-Hope, who sings the first two lines of his verse. RM has the crescendo of the track. Another noteworthy part of the song is Jin’s vocal range. The notes displayed here are normally notes given to Jimin or Jungkook. Instead, Jin shows his abilities here as he effortlessly nails each note of the pre-chorus. Also, the layering of the voices and vocals are well done.
The fourth track, “Whalien 52,” is a peek into the complex mind of RM and his ability to take facts he has heard or read about and apply them to metaphors in lyrics. It also shows their ability to create word pictures using lyrics that convey emotions based on facts, as well as the continued use of wordplay.
The sixth track, “Baepsae,” is a continuation of “Dope!” from “HYYH Pt 1.” The title comes from a Korean proverb that states, “If a crow-tit walks like a stork, it will tear its legs” — basically do not try so hard to do something that you are not capable of or be something you are not. In this context, the first line of the song, “They call me baepsae …” can be translated, “They call me a try-hard ….” Instead of comparing themselves, and their drive, to that of their peers, they are comparing themselves to those that came before them, those who tell them not to try so hard to attain the things they themselves already have. They ignore this “advice,” wearing the label of “try-hard” as a badge of honour.
“Dead Leaves,” the EP’s seventh track, shows more growth in storytelling through the use of metaphor. The image of autumn and falling leaves was a clever way of picturing a dying relationship. There was also a unique vocal moment as well. Normally, when harmonizing, the pairs used were Jin and V and Jimin and Jungkook. However, this time, Jin and Jimin harmonized parts of the song, creating a unique sound that complimented the tone.
The final track of the EP, “House of Cards,” is the vocal line’s track. The instrumentation was purposefully kept very simple in order to showcase the progression and vast improvement of the vocal line. In fact all the other nuances and variations in the melody are done via the vocals and the use of harmonies, a clever way to build and season the track.
With the close of this EP, we are well into this saga of BTS. How will the saga continue?