PENTAGON is CUBE’s newest boy band and while they haven’t reached the heights of CUBE’s other boy bands, BEAST (Highlight) and BtoB, the group definitely has the potential to. PENTAGON is the debut mini-album by the group. Gorilla was used as the promo song.
Released: October 16, 2016
1. Wake UP (Intro)
4. Lukewarm (미지근해)
6. Organic Song (귀 좀 막아줘)
7. You Are
Wake UP (Intro) opens the album with a stronger hip-hop sound. I’m not a huge fan of this kind of style, so this isn’t quite for me, but I do like the beat and E’Dawn sounds great rapping here. Then, the title track comes crashing in.
Pentagon still has some hip-hop elements, but there are definitely some dance elements thrown in as while, which is a nice change. The verses are rather calming and do a great job of showing off the guys’ vocals. The build up and the explosive chorus are insane. It’s really powerful and I love how the melody doesn’t get lost in it at all. Definitely a highlight.
Gorilla changes up the more dramatic sound for something on the brighter side. I didn’t quite like this song at first because of the silliness of it and the stronger hip-hop sound, however, I’ve come to really enjoy the song. It’s silly, but still insanely catchy and has some really clever points to it like the funky saxophone and other touches of bass that underline the music. It’s repetitive, but intoxicating and is a fun debut song.
Lukewarm changes things up yet again by bringing some tropical house. This was right around the time the sound was becoming more prevalent in K-Pop and it’s still a nice tune. I think it sort of gets lost due to the fact there have just been so many tropical house songs since, but it does bring some variety to the album. The chorus is a bit empty and I would have liked some more energy. Still, it’s a fun tune and I think the guys sound great.
Smile is the most laidback tune up to this point and I like that while it brings a more “coffeehouse pop” kind of sound, it also changes things up by giving it a fuller arrangement. It really helps the song not get too dull. It’s not my favourite song on the mini, but it’s definitely a nice change and the rappers do great here.
Organic Song only features the rappers and Hui on vocals (in the bridge). It definitely has the strongest hip-hop elements on the album, but for some reason I still like it. It’s really laid back and each of the rappers does a nice job of fitting their tones into the song, especially E’Dawn. Hui also does an excellent job on the bridge and final chorus and his voice really stands out.
You Are is one of my favourite songs on the album. It’s the only ballad on the album but it is phenomenal. It has the traditional ballad elements to it, but has a more ethereal vibe that fits with the rest of the album. CUBE seems to give the boy bands some amazing ballads, and this is just another example. The guys sound great and it works nicely with the layering of the vocals. The best part of the song is that killer ending with the belts from Jino and Hui. They are insane.
Overall: This was such a strong mini. I do like that the guys played with a number of genres on the album, but there always seemed like some elements that helped tied everything together. I was especially surprised by the fact that every song was well-produced and even when it wasn’t a genre I enjoyed, it still turned out to be a quality tune.