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[Album & MV Review] Pentagon - 'Pentagon'

By eric_r_wirsing   Saturday, October 15, 2016   23,037   2,839   32



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Track List:
1. Wake Up (Intro)
2. Pentagon
3. Gorilla
4. Mijigeunhae
5. Smile
6. Organic Song
7. You Are

Cube has debuted their 3rd boy band, Pentagon, consisting of leader Hui, Jinho (aka Jino of S.M. The Ballad), Hongseok (previously of YG Entertainment), E'Dawn, Shinwon, Yeo One, Kino, Wooseok, Chinese member Yanan and Japanese member Yuto. The rookie group's debut mini-album is eponymous. They also have the distinction of being Cube's largest boy band, boasting 10 members.

"Wake Up" is their intro track, and it starts out promising with definite electronic influences. I love how, while it's short, it still adheres to traditional song structures with main verses, chorus, and a rap bridge. Unfortunately, Shinwon's rapping is annoying, and the problem is not so much with the flow but with the voice. It's too high and sounds more fitting for nightcore.

Poor Yeo. Blame it on Common Core.

The title track is "Gorilla." I'm of two minds about it, as it straddles the line between powerful and upbeat, like it can't decide what it wants to be. I'd like one or the other, but it doesn't quite pop as either. There's just something about it that's a little off, and I can't exactly put my finger on why. The tune grows on me the more I listen to it, though.

"Organic Song" is performed by E'Dawn, Yuto, Wooseok and Hui. This is one of the tracks written by the members, and it's a little different from some other mid-tempo tunes I've heard, and it crosses into rap seamlessly. I like how the boys' voices sound here. While I'm hardly a fan of mid-tempo, it works seriously well here.

Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan and Kino sing "You Are," a ballad written by the members with way more falsetto than I'm comfortable with. Used in moderation, falsetto can add emotional weight to a song. Here, it's egregious and overwrought. It does the song itself a disservice. Other than that, there's little to distinguish this from any other ballad.

I really can't get into this album at all. At best, it seems like they're trying too hard to be different. While you need something unique to rise above the glut of boy bands, the music can't suffer as a result. Here, it seems like it did. I hate to trash a new band, but I didn't find much here to like. This album wasn't as strong a showing as they were hoping for.


Watch the boys as escaped apes in their new MV "Gorilla!"

At least, that's what I think is going on. At least that's how the intro tells the tale, and I can't see any other reason why they'd be scrambling (unless they're running from these sizable simians). There are shots of them in a sterile classroom type setting, in some garage like structure, and yes, dancing in a box (but at least it has jungle decor on the bars, glows, and is shaped like a pentagon).

Still, the main focus is the dancing, and boy can they dance. With 10 members, it can be hard to find space, but they do it well, splitting in two and putting the one with the singing part in the middle, and the two horizontal row trick, with their positions staggered to give everyone decent exposure. The gorilla dance is occasionally amusing, with the boys hunching and clenching their fists. I think Jane Goodall would approve.

This is a pretty strong MV for a rookie band, and despite the tropes, it's pretty enjoyable, with flashy camera work and intense dancing. Nice job, guys.


MV Relevance..........8
MV Production.........7
MV Concept.............7

Album Production...6
Album Concept.......5


SEE ALSO: Cube confirms Pentagon's comeback for September

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Withtheshadows Monday, October 17, 2016

To all of the people defending Shinwon, thank you but ehem ehem... Are you fans? Shinwon is a vocal XD No he didnt become a rapper! He's a vocal! VOCAL!

Withtheshadows Monday, October 17, 2016

'Shinwon's rapping' bruh... I understand you were too mentally retarded that you couldn't find colorcoded lyrics but you know you could use something else, not naming anything *cough* profile *cough* they exist *cough* he's a vocal *cough*

nctu_127 Monday, October 17, 2016

whoever wrote this needs to stfu. Honestly this whole album was great this is why I highly dislike allkpop. I am so angry because these boys didn't work so hard to be called whiny and not so great just because the beats didn't pertain to one person. Oh my god am I angry. This article is shit.

KyuHyung19 Sunday, October 16, 2016

I think, this is my favorite album of the year. All their songs are incredible and written by the members as well. Good job boys. looking further for your next album.

KyuHyung19 Sunday, October 16, 2016

I'll give them 10 out of 10.They're perfect!

Amandakpoplover Sunday, October 16, 2016

You need fired Eric!!! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but you needed to keep yours to yourself. Us PENTAFAM DONT WANT TO HEAR YOUR NASTY BULLSHIT!! You didn't even get the members names right to properly bash them. Pentagon has been through so much together to just debut. Their vocals rap and teamwork are no joke. You need a lesson  on respect

kim_j0nghyun Sunday, October 16, 2016

hey eric ur an ass

LilBmw Sunday, October 16, 2016

Talk about harsh review "Shinwon's rap was annoying"? wtf

ByunMiina LilBmw Sunday, October 16, 2016

I think Vocals are allowed to be not perfect whiel rapping, but this review is really bad. It's too harsh. I didn't find one moment from any song that sounded off.

ByunMiina Sunday, October 16, 2016

If Shinwon's Rap is annoying, it's 'no wonder' since he's a vocal, not a rapper. So it's not neccessary to be too harsh. And you even forgot 2 of their songs here. Please, do your job or leave it alone at all.

4NIAB2UTYHONEY Sunday, October 16, 2016

''Shinwon's rapping is annoying'' aaaaaaaaand FUCK THIS REVIEW. Tbh, why does Akp even do reviews? They don't know shit about music. Also, the overall rating never makes any fucking sense. Like seriously, one of their reviews said something like: ''This album is a goddamn masterpiece with no filler tracks whatsoever'' and it got a...7? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY FUCKING SENSE!? Ugh.

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