When choosing what to write about for today, I, admittedly, struggled a bit. It wasn’t the logistics of it all, on the contrary, I have every other Friday off, my car was in the shop so I couldn’t go anywhere, and my internet was speedy and as advertised. Nope, it was because there was another glut of music released this week and I have enjoyed so much of it. Seriously, it was a rough work week because all of those links to comeback stages, MVs, relays, and behind the scenes things were just staring at me while I sat at my desk and pretended to concentrate very hard on editing draft documents.
You may have noticed that I don’t like to repeat artists in my posts too often. I figure once I’ve mentioned them, they’ve been introduced and it’s up to interested listeners to track down more and fall as deeply in love as I inevitably am. But there are some groups that I can’t help but prattle on about here, because that’s what I’m doing in my real life too. I have a limited capacity to refocus long enough to put 500 words on a page that aren’t about what I’m currently obsessed with. This week, it was Pentagon.
It’s no secret that I love Pentagon. They are a wild bunch of talented, silly, cuddly, hard-working men that have charmed their way deep into my inner workings. They are seriously one of those groups where I love each and every member fully. I can’t choose a bias. I can’t pick a favorite. And though I don’t love every song from every release, there are far more than a handful that I get legitimately excited about as soon as they pop onto my playlist. I can often be found repeating many of these songs a few times with each listen because the three or four minutes they were pumping out of my speakers wasn’t enough. You’ll remember the last time they came back I posted five different versions of the song in a single post. The SAME song. It’s gross and you love it.
So, despite a whole host of other songs and MV’s that are more than worth checking out this week, I’m back with more Pentagon. Shine, the title track from the EP is an upbeat dance song with all of the elements we’ve grown to expect from this group. All three rappers are highlighted expertly, the vocalists have a fairly even distribution of lines, but we do get Jinho’s voice ringing out dramatically before the gratuitous pause near the final chorus. The styling is like grown-up schoolboy. I typically really dislike styling grown men and women like children, but for some reason, this version absolutely does it for me. It’s exactly how I would dress if Alix and the work dress code would let me get away with it (for some reason Alix thinks overly baggy tops aren’t flattering…I don’t get it.). There is no question that these are men and not boys, but they are also young at heart and frankly, that’s how I like my people.
So I’m going to do it again. I’m going to post multiple links for the same song so you can share in my enjoyment of this comeback more fully. Pour yourself a glass of wine (if you’re legal), grab a tasty snack, and ignore both of them because you’re too busy gasping and fanning yourself with how much you’re enjoying these. It’ll be just like you’re in my basement on a Friday.
Shine, Pentagon (acapella version)
Shine, Pentagon (Music Bank Stage)
Shine, Pentagon (M Countdown Stage)
Shine, Pentagon (Mirror Dance Practise)