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The Album.

The Album (stylized in all caps) is the debut Korean-language studio album by South Korean girl group Blackpink, released on October 2, 2020, by YG Entertainment and Interscope. It is the group's first full-length work since their debut in 2016. For the album, Blackpink recorded over ten new songs and worked with a variety of producers, including TeddyTommy BrownR. Tee, Mr. Franks and 24. Eight songs made the final track list, including two collaborations: "Ice Cream" with Selena Gomez, and "Bet You Wanna" featuring Cardi B. The album explores the group's mature side through the themes of love and the complexities of growing up. Musically, The Album utilizes pophip hopEDM and trapelements. -Wikipedia

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  • Rolling Stone

    The eight-song LP is a slick, confident and wildly entertaining release from the biggest girl group in the world.  

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  • University News

    “THE ALBUM” is a great compilation which mixes traditional K-pop sounds with Western influences like EDM and trap. 

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  • Consequence of Sound

    The Album Delivers Everything Fans Love About Them.  

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  • Slant Magazine

    The Album is undeniably a product of a well-oiled, state-of-the-art pop machine, but it feels stuck looking back to tried and true trends in both K-pop and Western pop music.  

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  • The Guardian

    brilliance from the world's biggest girl band.  

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  • mxdwn

    The Album is a very strong second outing for Blackpink, cementing their identity in the scene and firmly establishing their sound and style. They also have a lot of room to grow, and the hints of a truly legendary album that are present on The Album can’t help but make one anticipate their future projects to see if they can draw that potential out. 

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  • The Detroit News

    “The Album” — which the group says it recorded in part during COVID-19 isolation — still plays like a transmission from a previous era 

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  • Stereogum

    Blackpink Are Doing It Big Without The Exhausting Bloat. 

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  • Our Culture Magazine

    By all accounts, a pleasant way to start a meal – though it does make you wonder what could possibly be next on the menu.  

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  • Uproxx

    Blackpink’s Campy, Club-Ready Debut Is Stuffed With Hip-Hop Beats, K-Pop Hooks, And Plenty Of Swagger. 

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  • Insider

    BLACKPINK's 'The Album' is a glossy 8-track party playlist you'll want to play in every area. 

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  • Daily Trojan

    “The Album” is an explosive compilation of energizing and addicting music that will empower listeners, a much-needed inspiration to get through 2020.  

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  • Los Angeles Times

    Blackpink’s debut album gleams and preens. So why isn’t it very much fun? 

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  • Medium Magazine

    The Album is a pretty cohesive piece of work, both sonically and stylistically. It keeps the usual sound and musical colors that set BLACKPINK apart from other artists, while still being refreshing and n  

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  • MTSU Sidelines

    “The Album” still gives us our Blackpink fix with their trademark bold beats and musical diversity. 

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  • South China Morning Post

    K-pop stars bring the fire on first full-length release. 

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  • The Rice Thresher

    Blackpink’s ‘The Album’ is glossy, glamorous and grandiose. 

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  • The Forty-Five

    As debut albums go, ‘THE ALBUM’ is perfectly fine, with range, fire and fun packed within its eight tracks. It’s a good foundation to build on and, hopefully, BLACKPINK will do just that on album two, harnessing the dynamism that would make them great and secure their place as one of the biggest girl groups in the world.  

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  • Daily Herald

    BLACKPINK's 'The Album' shows they're here to stay. 

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  • A Geek Girl's Guide

    The Album definitely brought some great songs despite the weaker teasers and singles. I do think they are trying to appeal to a more international audience since there is a lot of English lyrics throughout all of the songs. This album also feels really short, which is disappointing with how long it took to even get an album. I will say that I enjoyed the majority of it and have definitely added some songs to my K-Pop favorites. 

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  • Daily Bruin

    “THE ALBUM” has managed to conserve BLACKPINK’s original sound, even those parts that are sonically dated. The group expertly plucks structure, ballads and brass from the early past, but at times fails to innovate these trends enough to modernize its sound. Consequently, “THE ALBUM’s” frequent callbacks to the recent musical past has created a time capsule for the pop music of the previous decade.  

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  • The Musical Hype

    Rising K-Pop girl group BLACPINK deliver a short, sweet, and utterly infectious eight-track album with The Album that never disappoints.  

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  • Hello Asia

    This is a journey of sonic similarity. It’s a payoff that is long overdue to fans that have stuck with the girls; those familiar with the heavy, synthesised sandbox the band plays in.  

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  • The Highlander

    The songs that reek of disappointment really reek, and cherry picking one or two songs does not do wonders for such a hyped-up album. If BLACKPINK wants to get back on track, it needs to reconcile with its continuously exposed weaknesses and work to create more modern, relevant and tasteful works. 

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  • Turntable Thoughts

    BLACKPINK still manages to somewhat stick the landing, giving us a short but sweet collection of throwback pop songs that mostly nails the influences they tried to emulate. 

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  • Vocal

    I think The Album is great and shows so many different sides to Blackpink. Although not every track appealed to me, each song has its own charm and own color. It’s a pretty diverse album. The only thing I wish is that it had a few more tracks, but overall I think this is a solid first album for Blackpink.  

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  • UnitedKPop

    Once again, BLACKPINK, have proved themselves as the stars of Kpop. They have received worldwide fame and success, and I can’t wait to see them reach greater heights! 

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  • Commedia

    Overall, “THE ALBUM” has widened the expectations for what BLACKPINK can create in the future. They’re no longer restricted to peppy songs only, and it’ll be interesting to see how they can build off this in the future.  

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  • Picky Bastards

    There’s lots of enjoy on The Album and I would definitely say I do enjoy some of the tracks here. Outside of closer ‘You Never Know’, which can’t work out if it’s a 90s girl-band ballad or not and failed entirely because it can’t make up its mind, there’s nothing really bad on here. That said it’s not exactly a ground-breaking pop record either, I can’t imagine going back to this in a few months. It’s just good fun for now, which for a 20 minute ‘album’ is fine by me. 

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  • Daily Titan

    Blackpink's "The Album" showcases vocal versatility and style diversity. 

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  • Financial Times

    Blackpink’s The Album is well-manufactured, armour-plated pop. 

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  • Sputnik Music

    enjoy what you want before you forget this even exists.  

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  • The Times

    like being trapped on a merry-go-round while being force-fed candy floss.  

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  • The Pop Blog

    this album makes an overall fusion of K-Pop, EDM, Hip-hop, and even rock, making it a record to behold.  

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  • The Needle Drop

    BLACKPINK's debut studio album is a bit too spotty for its size.  

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  • Digital Life Asia

    “THE ALBUM” is BLACKPINK finally unleashed. And what a wonderful thing that is. 

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  • Lilithia Reviews

    While ‘THE ALBUM’ may be good for a little while to keep fans fed, it is more likely that the majority that know better and understand K-Pop (including myself) are unsatisfied. 

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  • Fresh Air Radio

    THE ALBUM offers some new and interesting takes on the Blackpink concept we know and love, but the feeling of laziness and disrespect from the production and management puts to shame the hard work and talent of these girls who can do so much better.  

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  • All Music

    While it would be nice if The Album had a few more songs, there's enough variety to keep fans sated, excited, and empowered until the next big release.  

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  • Chingu to the World

    ‘The Album’ showcased their group and individual aptitude that made it more exciting and interesting. Aside from their great vocals, rap and choreography, Blackpink also proved that they can snatch our hearts with their acting skills. 

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  • Black Boy Bulletin

    BLACKPINK’s Long-Awaited ‘The Album’ Is Endlessly Fun. 

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