As the world awaits the third and final chapter of the group’s “Love Yourself” saga, grandly titled “Answer,” Jin signaled at one of summer’s most highly anticipated releases with a trailer that went online on Thursday.
|Jin leads the introduction of "Love Yourself: Answer" with "Epiphany." (Big Hit Entertainment)|
For those unfamiliar, each “Love Yourself” album is equipped with “intro” and “outro” tracks, which respectively function as the beginning and end to a story that comprises the album’s tracks, peaking with the lead single at the climax.
Delving into the lyrics, it’s evident that BTS isn’t taking any detours this time. Hardly anything gets lost in interpretation.
The first 30 seconds of “Epiphany” is devoted to recapping the theme of the unfortunate end to a relationship sustained in hiding one’s true self, which has already been delineated in May’s “Fake Love”:
“It’s odd. There’s no denying I loved you very much. I changed everything to suit you. I wanted to live for you. But I can no longer stand the storm inside my heart as I carry on. I begin to unveil my true self masked behind a smile.”
Then it doesn’t take long for the song to get to the point: “I’m the one I should love in this world.”
|"Love Yourself: Answer" teaser photos featuring Jin (Big Hit Entertainment)|
A careful listener will note that the refrain of "Epiphany" is a twist on that of "Serendipity," the intro track off "Love Yourself: Her," released in September last year. “Let me love, let me love you,” the refrain of the first intro track to the entire “Love Yourself” series goes.
Such contradictory juxtaposition of the first and last intro tracks’ endings suggest what the “epiphany” may be at the end of the yearlong excursion of love, which begins with falling in love with “her” and ends with loving “me.”
The answer lay in front of us all along and we are back to where we started: “Love yourself.”
|Jin leads the introudction of "Love Yourself: Answer" with "Epiphany." (Big Hit Entertainment)|
Though belated it may be, the epiphany is lucid and empowering.
For a trailer, “Epiphany” attracted an explosive amount of attention, trending No. 1 on Twitter worldwide with the hashtag #Epiphany immediately upon release, and accruing over 20 million YouTube views (and counting) as of Wednesday.
“Our work is finally approaching the last station,” BTS said in a tweet following the trailer’s release. “The party is about to start. Please enjoy.”
By the look of Jin’s introduction, it looks like we can look forward to BTS’ “Answer,” which will be unveiled in its entirety on Aug. 24.
By Kim Arin (firstname.lastname@example.org)