Ceremony is the third mini-album released by PENTAGON. The pre-release single, “Beautiful”, is featured on the album, while “Critical Beauty” was used as the main promotional track.
Released: June 12, 2017
1. Critical Beauty (예뻐죽겠네)
3. To Universe (소중한 약속)
5. Spectacular (스펙터클 해)
6. Thank You (고마워)
To start things off, we are given the promo track. Critical Beauty is a change of sound as it brings some oldschool R&B vibes and doesn’t quite sound like anything out in K-Pop. This is both a great and not-so-great thing. I love how it focuses more on the vocals and the boys all sound great here. The melody is really dynamic and catchy and I love the big belted notes. However, the music is just so empty. It focuses a lot on the guitar over a hip-hop beat, but I feel like it lacks a full sound that would really propel it to the next level. I like the song, but I feel like it could be better executed.
Lucky goes for a more contemporary R&B and hip-hop sound. What was lacking in the last song, is really brought here as the music is satisfyingly fuller sounding. What lacks a bit here is the melody. The song goes for a more midtempo pace, but it lacks a really dynamic hook to let the chorus stand out. It’s still a pretty solid album track though.
Slowing things down even more is To Universe, a thank you song to the group’s fans. As usual with these kinds of songs, it is a ballad.. It starts acoustically driven before powering up for chorus. The group has done ballads before, but the melody here is a bit forgettable. It just doesn’t quite fly out smoothly and I feel like the music does a lot of the work. It’s not bad, but just not as strong as the other ballads on this mini.
I’m more excited for Nobody, which brings us back to something more hard-hitting. The verses are pretty bare, but I like how the pace starts to build towards to chorus as it makes things more intense. The chorus brings the EDM elements, but I like that there is a still a more melodic side to things instead of leaving it entirely to the drop. It’s not the catchiest chorus, but it suffices in making a pretty decent tune.
Spectacular mixes pop and dance but changes the more serious vibe for something really bright and silly. I like the verses because they bring something not heard as often from the group. The chorus is pretty fun as well due to its blast of energy thanks to that pulsating beat and that hook-driven melody. I like that the guys are trying to bring a bit of variety to this mini.
Thank You is another ballad, but only features Hui and Jinho. The song is more piano-focused and it works stunningly to showcase the vocals of both of these wonderful singers. I really love the reedy quality of Hui’s voice and Jinho’s heavier tone really helps bring a wonderful contrast. The things these two vocally do in this song is absolutely amazing from the great belts to the great falsetto notes. This is my favourite song on the mini.
Already released as a pre-release single, Beautiful comes popping in with its brighter delivery despite being a ballad as well. This is a really great song with a booming chorus. My only problem with the song still remains as that cheesy hook sort of grinds my mind. Besides that, it is a pretty nice track and a good ending.
Overall: This is probably the weakest of their first three minis just because there were very few stand out tracks. I was expecting more songs to really wow me, but I only found that in the last two ballads. With that said, the other songs were still pretty solid, but they were just lacking in some areas. It’s still a really great release and PENTAGON has yet to bring out a mediocre mini.