Pentagon is best known for spreading vibrant energy with their funky tunes and witty lyrics. Leader Hui has been one of the trending idol producers of K-pop in recent years; his music credits include Produce 101 Season 2
, Wanna One's Energetic
and even the latest Produce X 101
finale song "Boyness." This time, he and Woo Seok collaborate with rapper/producer Giriboy on two songs in this four-track release!
SUM(ME:R) carries four seasonal songs that represent different themes starting with "R" – and the first "R" refers to romance! Different from their last rockish future house plug "Sha La La," hip-hop title track "Humph!" (Track 1) sounds more like the bright and playful style of "Shine" and "Naughty Boy." "Humph!" portrays the "cutely mad" moments between couples with a delightful tune and playful lyrics ("I'm the only one who always gets mad. You're too much, aren't you? Don't come close, you can't come closer!").
Enjoy some summer rock 'n' roll with "Fantasystic" (Track 2)! Again produced by Giriboy, "Fantasytic" is a refreshing summer anthem that brings you on a dreamy, fantasy-like getaway. Hui took part in the music composition and co-wrote lyrics with Woo Seok. As always, I'm amazed by Jin Ho's super high notes, especially when he shouts "It's Yuto" in this song.
Jin Ho and Woo Seok express the endless excitement of summer in the self-written track SUMMER! (Track 3) produced by Albin Nordqvist and Andreas Oberg, who have composed for Asian artists like Twice, Yamashita Tomohisa, NCT 127, Arashi, Hey! Say! JUMP and Super Junior. The relax-themed song perfectly suits having fun under the sun or taking a road trip!
Following Round 1 in Genie:us, Pentagon members let out their quirky personalities again in the bonus track Round 2. Trap beats are added to the lighthearted melody to emphasize the fun ambience of the song. Round 2 is a "diss song" amongst the members, who split into groups of two to take on roles and make fun of each other. Woo Seok's all-black outfit, Yan An's "hot sexy" tone, Kino's sleeping habits, Hui's unbeatable rock spirit, Yeo One's ASMR, Hong Seok's tardiness – these fun facts will definitely make Universe love them even more!
I can never get enough of Pentagon's distinct sounds and high-spirited vibe – and now they have even solidified their signature cheery and energetic image with this summer album. I'm so ready for Round 3!