BTS members' solo albums make lists of 2023's best albums
Solo albums by BTS members Suga, V and Jungkook have been named albums of the year by multiple media organizations worldwide.
Suga's album "D-Day," released under his alternate stage name Agust D in April, was named No. 27 on American music media Consequence of Sound's "The 50 Best Albums of 2023" on Monday.
"The third and (potentially) final outing from SUGA of BTS under his alter-ego moniker of Agust D is some of his finest work yet as a soloist," Consequence of Sound said.
The magazine added, "The ethos of 'D-Day' is not that this journey is an easy one, but that the messy work of cultivating inner peace is ultimately worth it — and by the end of the record, the listener can't help but believe SUGA when he says that the future's gonna be okay."
Consequence of Sound is an online magazine based in New York. It is known for its album reviews, updates of music festivals and their lineups and music news, catering to a diverse audience of music enthusiasts and industry professionals.
Britain's Time Out placed V's first solo album "Layover," released in September, at No. 19 of its "The 30 Best Albums of 2023" on Friday.
"His debut album adds a husky and sweet baritone to jazz-influenced R&B tracks, evoking a distinct nostalgia," Time Out said.
"A recommended track is 'Slow Dancing', a soulful track that flows beautifully with its choreography. There's also 'For Us', featuring interesting key changes midway through the song."
Time Out is a global magazine based in London known for publishing content in culture, art and entertainment.
American media UPROXX included Jungkook's first solo album "Golden," released in November, in its "The Best Albums Of 2023" on Monday.
"BTS' Jungkook has shown himself to be a pop sensation both within the group and as a solo act," UPROXX said.
"He'll be away until 2025, but songs like the romantic 'Standing Next To You, the sexy, rhythmic '3D,' and the gut-wrenching ballad "Hate You" will certainly hold as timeless classics."
UPROXX is a popular culture and entertainment website owned by Warner Music Group that specializes in music, film, TV and sports.
The members of BTS who haven't begun their mandatory service will all enlist next week. RM and V will begin their basic training on Monday, and Jimin and Jungkook will begin on Tuesday. Jin began his service in December last year, followed by J-Hope in April and Suga in September.
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