35 Boys 5 Concepts is the second digital single from the second season of Produce 101. 35 boys were split into five teams that had songs with their own unique concept.
Released: June 3, 2017
1. It’s – Showtime
2. Boys Under Moonlight – I Know You Know
3. Knock – Open Up (열어줘)
4. Slate – Oh Little Girl
5. Nation’s Son – Never
Blasting off right away, we have Showtime, an upbeat and explosive pop tune with some nu-disco elements. I love the energy of this song and there is something about it that really gets me into the song. The chorus is a bit repetitive and feels like it rushes right through, but it is really catchy. My only gripe would maybe be young Woojin’s voice as it sticks out so much. Definitely a great pop tune.
I Know You Know is one of my favourites of the five songs. I love the funk vibe that its got going on. I do think the abundance of falsetto is its downfall as it causes areas to end up weak vocally and I do wish that the chorus had more power in the music. It doesn’t really pop from the rest of the song. However, the verses are great and I love how cool they sound.
Open Up was popular for its dance and it is a cool mix of pop and EDM. I actually really like the verses and the bouncing around of sounds. Baekho also has a really nice tone that suits this song. The chorus is lacking though. It feels like the melody doesn’t quite fit with the tempo of the music and I always think its off. I think the music is really interesting, but the melody leaves me wanting more.
Actually, Oh Little Girl is the one song I always forget about. I feel like it doesn’t have a really memorable sound compared to the other songs despite it having more R&B/hip-hop elements. The chorus isn’t bad though and I do feel like it reminds me of some older J-Pop songs in terms of melody. It has a really relaxing vibe, but it comes off more like a B-side.
NEVER was my favourite of all the songs. With its deep house sound, it stands out, but its the sadder quality to it that I feel really sets it apart. It feels more emotional than the other songs and how it was constructed makes it feel like it was organized well. The gentle verses, intense raps and finally that flaring chorus really meld together so well. Jaehwan especially does well here as his voice just takes the song to the next level.
Overall: This is a great collection of songs and I feel like its a good follow-up to the girls’ version. I do think this one is a bit weaker though as some of the songs just don’t sound like promo material and would be more suitable as album tracks. With a bit of tweaking, I think some of these songs could have showed their true colours. Still, I did enjoy most of the songs.