Cut through the noise: BTS, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion


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Bahaja Alisahal


Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent single releases from a variety of artists.


‘Life Goes On’ – BTS ★☆☆☆☆


BTS’ new song “Life Goes On” is extremely disappointing. I’m not the biggest fan of BTS and their music, but I can appreciate some of their other songs like, “Idol” and “Mic drop.” But this song gave me such a mainstream vibe. Instead of being upbeat, which I disliked much more, this song was much more chill and down to Earth. It’s very calming, so I get why a lot of people would enjoy this song, however, I just prefer songs that make me bob my head to the beat or make me want to dance like nobody’s watching, and this song didn’t meet those standards. This song gives me the same energy as their other song “Fake Love,” a pretty generic song about heartbreak. Honestly, this song is overhyped, just like “Fake love.” 


‘HOLIDAY’ – Lil Nas X ★★★★★


“HOLIDAY,” by Lil Nas X, was everything I expected and more. It was amazing. Just like all of his other songs, this single didn’t disappoint. The song isn’t really about the holidays except for the beginning of the chorus. And I loved that it wasn’t because not all of his fans celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas. The song was very chill and a little upbeat. I was bobbing my head through the whole song. I know for a fact that I’ll be listening to this for the next few weeks. It’s not as amazing as “Old Town Road,” but it’s great. it definitely gives me similar vibes to one of his earlier singles from 2019, “Panini.”


‘Body’ – Megan Thee Stallion ★★★★★

“Body” by Megan Thee Stallion was just like any of her other songs. I thought it was going to be a flop at first because of the thumbnail, however, it was so much better than expected. The chorus could’ve been better, since it felt incredibly repetitive and unoriginal, simply repeating the word “body” over and over again. This song was a basic Megan song, but it still manages to stand out. She threw some shade in the song, which I think was aimed at Kylie Jenner, but shade is shade. The beat was the best part of the song, it’s definitely a beat you could rock to.