This article will be the last review for July releases. MV reviews for August will be published soon. Stay tuned.
This will be the first time reviewing PENTAGON in their another work, called Humph!
Their song Shine, which they planned so well from music to dance, convinced me to be part of their fandom. This we also dealt with in our various misheard lyrics published by author.
Being a Universe also, my expectations on this comeback are simple: Improvement on previous performance, and maintain/surpass excitement brought about by Shine. Let’s review now:
(Side Notes: With success of Pentagon, CUBE Entertainment might consider also creating boy groups like Triangle and Prism. Just joking. 😀
Also, I will not review their latest track Happiness, as the track is performed in Japanese.)
The storyline tells of series of struggles between two persons, starting with two kids who grew up, bringing struggle against each other. Time come that they confront each other, but not that long. The video ends with members rejoicing the friendship between the two. The school campus theme is consistently featured in the video.
PENTAGON clearly stated the moral lesson, and that’s on resolution of fights. This is highly needed, considering that fights occur everywhere. It might also tell every fandom to stop bashing each other. Another lesson is on drawing the line. If this involves serious matters, we should not go beyond that, and we should respect that.
Viewers will find some things beneficial for them, like on featuring baseball at 3:00 – 3:09, and what’s happening inside the school.
Funny scenes that can be seen here is on throwing papers (2:56 – 2:59), reminding us of their song Shine, upon knowing that the two are in good terms.
Another is on Hui at 1:13 telling the members to “Stop!” Look at his reaction:
I find also the height standard funny (2:14 – 2:25), especially on how the taller members reacted. Their act reminds me of TWICE’s inside joke on Chaeyoung, and even on GFRIEND’s members teasing Eunha over it. (If included in MV, the two would definitely pass through that door.)
Review by others
TheBiasList was somewhat dismayed by the group replicating factors that made Shine shine, but lacked luster. It described sadly the state of various song parts: intro as “autotuned,” mid-tempo beat as ‘like any other”, lack of momentum, and “skittery” instrumentals that makes the song pointless.
On a positive note, potentials are on pre-chorus where the boys give their best vocals.
KPopReviewed noted that Pentagon is leaning towards vibrant theme after Shine, albeit showcasing different tunes. It described whole video as very cool one. The melodic song is smooth, flowing, warm, and bright, making it perfect for the season. He/she desires to listen it more, as it is addictive.
He/she illustrated the storyline very well. On performance, it was very good, especially on their hand gestures.
Review as whole
On music, their instrumentals are very simple, but enough to engage listeners. I liked also the flutey tune, especially at the beginning and end of music. This lightens up the mood of listeners like me.
As compared to Shine, the music and dance was less exciting, but sustainable enough to keep the energy in the song going till the end. Conversely, the storyline and moral lesson here is clearer than the hit track.
I enjoyed how the members played their roles well. They also made a great move telling the story, in such a way this looks like a mini-musical. This can be noticed on the group singing while acting.
PENTAGON explained well the line drawn at the table. When one crosses the line, expect fights. The tension seen in the MV was rendered in a way not too provocative, but still entertains us and maintains the lighter, carefree vibe.
Universes would tell of absences by some members, but the members’ reasons are justifiable. It just saddens also to see another member not present in the MV (again). It’s Yanan, who is on a hiatus now due to hand injuries. To Yanan, be well and take a rest!
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.38%
|Appearance||5||No Halloween, Easter, etc.||5|
|Appearance||6||No astrology featured||5|
|Appearance||7||Less horror featured||5|
|Appearance||8||Not too revealing outfits||5|
|Music||10||Not too deafening||5|
|Dance||11||Learned easily even by beginners||5|
|Dance||12||Not too sensual||5|
|Lessons||13||Moral lesson clearly stated||5|
|Lessons||14||Impart something beneficial for viewers||5|
|Other Matters||15||Sense of humor||10|
|Other Matters||16||Make it to mainstream media||3|
|Other Matters||17||Review by other sites||4|
|Other Matters||18||Review of MV as a whole||5|
|Other Matters||19||Uploads video to 1theK||5|
|Features 1theK logo||0|