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Jung Kook is “Golden” on His Debut Solo Album

BTS and ARMYs’ Golden Maknae has proven once again that he is an all-rounder. Jung Kook has released his debut solo album, Golden, and it puts on display a whole new side of him.

Jung Kook 'Golden' album cover art
Jung Kook ‘Golden’ album cover art


The album opens with Timberlake-esque “3D (feat. Jack Harlow).” It then follows with a surefire club song, “Closer to You,” which features Jamaican-American electronic music band, Major Lazer. “Seven (feat. Latto)” comes in as the third track on Golden, and begs to be sung along with just as much as ever.

The main track for the album, “Standing Next to You,” is another retro-sounding song. While similar to pre-release song “3D” in that it brings forth nostalgia for another decade, “Standing Next to You” is a bit funkier. It’s just as sexy, but less ‘90s boy band and more ‘70s/’80s, still with that somewhat contemporary feel.

“Yes or No” is a more pop-centric song about waiting for someone to reciprocate your feelings. Ed Sheeran took part in the writing and guitar of the track. “Please Don’t Change” is up next, and it features DJ Snake. The song is an EDM bop about asking someone not to change because they are already loved the way they are.

Jung Kook 'Golden' SHINE Concept Photo. Credit: BigHit Entertainment.
Jung Kook ‘Golden’ SHINE Concept Photo. Credit: BigHit Entertainment.

“Hate You” is the seventh track on Golden, and, though simple in lyrics, it tells the story of hating someone after a breakup to make moving on hurt less. Jung Kook’s shaky vocals throughout the song are surprising and evocative.

In an evolving album, in terms of storytelling, the next song, “Somebody,” seems to fit right where it is. In the song, Jung Kook sings about how he hopes his previous partner knows that they can’t look for him in a crowd anymore, just as he can’t look for them. They will never be each other’s somebodies anymore.

“Too Sad to Dance” is a contradiction of a song. It combines Jung Kook singing about being too sad after a breakup to dance with a light guitar, uplifting piano and whimsical whistling. The penultimate track, “Shot Glass of Tears,” is a sad pop ballad. In it, Jung Kook laments over how he misses his ex, wondering if he’s ever going to truly move on. Golden concludes with “Seven (feat. Latto) (Clean Ver.).”

Jung Kook’s Promotion Schedule

With an entire solo debut album in English, Jung Kook seems set on conquering the music world on his own. He’s already done it as a part of BTS. His pre-release single, “Seven,” just broke the record on Spotify for the fastest song to reach 1 billion streams.

Aside from the tracks on Golden, Jung Kook recently collaborated with The Kid Laroi and Central Cee on “TOO MUCH.”

Jung Kook 'Golden' SUBSTANCE Concept Photo. Credit: BigHit Entertainment.
Jung Kook ‘Golden’ SUBSTANCE Concept Photo. Credit: BigHit Entertainment.

More importantly, though, Jung Kook has many plans to promote his debut solo album.

In an Instagram story, the @bts.bighitofficial account updated Jung Kook’s promotional schedule for Golden. On November 4, at 9pm EST, Jung Kook will appear on iHeartRadio Live. Then, on November 6, at 11:35pm EST, the singer will continue his solo debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Next, on November 7, at 10am EST, the choreography version of the “Standing Next to You” music video will come out. On November 8, at 8:30am EST, Jung Kook will visit Today. The following day, there will be a special event for Golden, which fans are sure to enjoy. November 13, at 9pm EST, will see Jung Kook at Audacy Live.

Nearing the end of the promotions, on November 16, at 4am EST, Jung Kook is set to perform at Mnet M Countdown, a South Korean TV program. Finally, on November 20, at 6am EST, fans will see Golden Live On Stage.

Listen to Golden below.

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