Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

BTS – Film Out

And what is a film without a ballad?


Katie Gill: This is a perfectly serviceable ballad! Nothing special, nothing mindblowingly amazing, just a middle of the road, middle of the album ballad that I’m very surprised is being released as a single.

Alfred Soto: The inevitability of BTS’ crossover shouldn’t detract from the controlled weirdness of their earliest recordings: the harmonic shifts, the way the melodies smashed like waves against the pylons of their rhythms. Ballads like “Film Out” are inevitabilities too. The la-la-las are pretty. Everything is pretty! They gotta keep at the crossover game.

Sonya Nicholson: If you’re the group that finally cracks the American market, and you’re doing the rounds on the morning talk shows, etc, shouldn’t this absolve you from ALSO having to do the biannual Japanese single?  Are they going to Japan to promote this?  When?  Is this just to help cross-promote BigHit labelmates TXT in Japan?  Also incidentally, I’m poking around HYBE Youtube channel, a “content hub” for “BIGHIT MUSIC, BELIFT LAB, SOURCE MUSIC, PLEDIS Entertainment, KOZ ENTERTAINMENT and more,” and having all these groups in one place really does emphasize how much they all sound like each other — the “house style” if you will.  At least BTS’ previous single sounded more like them: the kind of slow sad introspective song a hip-hop group would put out.  This one just sounds like a J-pop song with unison vocals, a simple melody, and heavy processing for easy digestion by the masses.

Nina Lea: Thanks to the strong mid-2000s pop ballad energy, “Film Out” doesn’t necessarily sound like anything new. But its structure makes it a fairly rewarding listen. The slightly-too-sweet opening verses are the weakest, but the boys bring a buoyant lightness to the “la-la-la” section, and the buildup to the layered, final verses feels earned.

Nortey Dowuona: The plain, unadorned pianos carry the weak, pliable voices of the quintet, loping guitars hovering behind them, then the soft drums touch down with a low rattling rap let loose from Suga. Slowly, synth strings peek though as the quintet begin to fly, the synth strings buoyant and their thin voices coalesce into a burning unit.

Juana Giaimo: This song starts really delicate, but as seconds go by it becomes messier and messier. The post-chorus consisting of “la la la” only appears once and leaves no impression at all. RM’s rap verse with his deep voice is alright, but the ones by Suga and J-Hope sound extremely forced (and actually, you can barely listen to them because they are completely covered by the high-pitched backing vocals); and then there is Jimin’s part towards the end which has so much Auto-Tune that sounds like a computer singing. It’s really hard to connect with the emotion when they seem to be completely lost in their own song.

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3 Responses to “BTS – Film Out”

  1. I’m with Juana on this one, it’s not even an average ballad song it’s below-average. To quote tumblr user spectroscopes, “It’s canon if I liked it and if I didn’t like it then it’s non-canon.” This one is non-canon. It’s in Japanese which isn’t their main market so I doubt they put too much effort into it.

  2. So my mother, who is very much into ARMY, has informed me that this is the ending theme for the “Signal” movie, which is a movie based off a Japanese tv show based off a Korean drama. And honestly, hearing that it’s an end credits theme makes this make more sense. It doesn’t make it any BETTER, but like, I get it. Ending themes are background noise for leaving the theater.

  3. That makes so much sense… based on a Korean show so why not get the biggest Korean band to sing it, right? Plus now we know why this song is called “Film Out”. If I ever make it big I’ll name one of my songs “Ending Credits.”