Let’s Review: Pentagon’s Sha La La

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What’s up my friends?
Welcome to my first Kpop Music Review!

*Cue celebratory applause* Yes, yes. I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am, because for my first review I decided to check out Pentagon’s latest comeback with their song “Sha la la”.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Technically this song has been out for almost a week now, but I haven’t quite told you all how this review process will work. Basically, when I am doing music reviews, I will choose one group per week to write about (unless I really want to talk about more than one comeback/debut). Who I write about depends on who is putting out music that week and who you guys want to see me do a review of. Because this is my first review, I’ve chosen my first victim (mwah ha ha), and for my first review I decided to go with a group who’s comeback I was looking forward to most.

I must say, I’m actually really happy that I chose Pentagon as my first group to do a review over, but before I can get into the nitty gritty of this review, I must give a quick rundown of these lovely boys.

Originally 10 members, Pentagon debuted on October 10, 2016, under CUBE Entertainment . Their line up consisted of the members Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yan An, Yuto, Kino, Wooseok, and E’Dawn. As a full group, Pentagon released 6 Korean EPs before a dating “controversy” ended in CUBE Entertainment forcing E’Dawn out of the company and Pentagon.

Since this controversy, Pentagon, as a 9 member group, has only released 2 more EPs: Thumbs Up!, and Genie:us. Genie:us is their most recent album, with the song “Sha La La” being their most recent musical release, and.. oh… my… GOSH!!!

There is so much that I want to say about this release! Before I can give you my final thoughts about their recent track, I must do a full breakdown of it. Let’s start with the song itself.

“Sha la la” is such a sassy track. That’s the best way that I can describe it. The lyrics, which are written by Pentagon member, Hui, overflow with confidence, as they discuss the idea of leaving their old selves behind and becoming better versions of themselves.

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And the lyrics are so catchy! My favorite part of this song has to be the chorus where the members sing “Come and get it”. Not only are the lyrics catchy, but the vocals are on point. Hui and Jinho cover a lot of the tougher vocals in this song, with each of them reaching notes that I couldn’t even dream of.

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And then there was Wooseok, who was really trying to steal my heart every time he was on screen. His raps were some of my favorite parts of this song. Not only that, but his handsome face and his deep voice really made it hard for me to focus on reviewing this song properly at first.

If there was anything that I had to critique with this song, I would have to point out the inequality with the line distribution. While I know Hui had a hand in writing this song, the fact that he got over twice as much vocal time as the other members drove me crazy. Granted, a lot of his lines are prerecorded and aren’t actually sung live, but some members got like 7 seconds of vocal time, which isn’t very equal. I do not hold anything against Hui for this matter, as I was not a part of the vocal process, but it was something that I wanted to point out.

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My only other critique is “Sha la la” being similar to Wanna One’s “Energetic”. This was something that I did not notice on first listen, and I actually had to listen to both songs to make the comparison, as the two songs are only slightly similar in term of sound. This is due to both songs being written by Hui, so I consider this critique a mild one. It had been brought up by other fans, so I wanted to be sure to touch on it.

In the end, I give the music to “Sha la la” an 8.5 out of 10 lightsticks.

With that ranking out of the way, let’s discuss “Sha la la” and its dope choreography.

Three words: stunts, Stunts, STUNTS! I always dig Kpop choreography that includes stunts. Granted, this isn’t like NCT 127’s “Firetruck”, but I was still shook by the opening stunt. It makes a really cool stage picture, and as a former cheerleader I know that stunts aren’t always easy to do.

As for the rest of the choreography, I couldn’t help but notice the use of arms in the dance. There are moves that, while completely different, managed to give me a similar feeling to the choreography of “Shine”. “Sha la la” seemed like a tough dance to learn, but I could still pick up some aspects of the dance. The moves that they used for this choreography is just as catchy as the song.

The choreography also had a lot of different types of formations used throughout. My personal favorite was when they stood in a line and swung their arms during the chorus. Another standout formation was when they did a fake out leading into one of Wooseok’s raps. In all, the choreography for “Sha la la” is very visually appealing.

I really enjoyed how fluid everybody’s movements are. You can’t even tell that they had to work around Kino’s injury when it came to doing the choreography. I suppose that this probably isn’t my all time favorite Kpop dance, but I still highly enjoyed it.

I give their choreography a 7.5 out of 10 light sticks.

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Now, it’s time for me to review the music video itself for “Sha la la”. I must say that they went crazy on the editing, which I actually didn’t mind.

There are actually a lot of cool effects that made me feel like I was watching the members in some sort of live action video game. I found the space scene towards the end of the video to be really cool to look at. I also LOVED the digital fire effects. Not only that, but they managed to utilize the effects in a way that allowed Kino to participate in the dance part of the video despite his injury. I really appreciated that, and I’m sure Kino stans would agree. His parts were always super fun to watch.

Aside from editing, there were many other aspects of film-making that I noticed in this video, particularly lighting. As a music video there wasn’t much lighting that was used to set the mood or tone of the video. I think editing was the element brought to the front burner of this music video, so there wasn’t very many lighting moments for me to notice. Their best lighting moment for me was once again used on Kino when they wanted to make it look like he was playing video games.

If I were to have any gripes about the lighting, it would be that there was one scene where I had trouble seeing Wooseok and Jinho due to lack of lighting on their faces. Aside from that, my only other issue with this music video would be that there wasn’t any plot that I could understand in this music video. This issue may not be a big deal to everyone, but I’m always a sucker for music video with a story so I wish they could’ve made one.

In the end, I’ve decided to rate this video with a 7.5 out of 10 lightsticks.

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And with that, I wanted to discuss one more aspect of Pentagon’s “Sha La la” with you: it’s concept overall.

For me, “Sha La La” brings me back to the side of Pentagon that I have always enjoyed. We see them wearing really cool outfits, and showing off their most confident sides in this comeback. It reminds me of “Gorilla” or “Can you feel it” in that way.

At the same time, I can still feel their lightheartedness and humor in this music video, which is more like “Shine” or “Naughty Boy”. “Sha La La”, to me, is almost like “Shine” if it went dark, and I really enjoyed that. I also must say that “Sha La La” is much more my type of song as opposed to “Naughty Boy”. I felt that, in the end, Pentagon was able to show that they can still be a great group even though they cannot perform with E’dawn anymore.

I give their concept for “Sha la la” a 9 out of 10 light sticks.

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So… to tally everything up nicely… that leaves us with:
Music- 8.5 out of 10
Choreography- 7.5 out of 10
Music Video- 7.5 out of 10
Concept- 9 out of 10
That brings us to a TOTAL ranking of: 8 out of 10 lightsticks!!!!

So that is my review of Pentagon’s “Sha la la”, but before I sign off there is one more subject that I must discuss with you before I leave, and that is who were the members that stole my heart during this comeback.

This was definitely a hard decision for me to make, because all of the members are great! Not to mention, they are all SUPER good looking! In the end, I decided to go through the music video, and see who really stuck out to me. The first member that I noticed was Kino.

I know. I know. Technically, Kino can’t participate in this comeback due to his injury, but that didn’t stop Pentagon from allowing room for Kino to participate without pushing his body too much. This allowed for a lot of Kino screen time, which I thought was extremely awesome, and commendable. Way to go CUBE ( I never thought that I would say that and actually mean it). Kino wasn’t the only stand out part in this comeback though.

Jinho has definitely become my Pentagon bias over the past couple of years, and this music video reminds me why. He is possibly the cutest Kpop singer I have ever seen. Every time he was on screen I would fan-girl in extremely embarrassing ways. I mean all he had to do was smile, and I was squealing. Also his silver hair is freaking AMAZING!!!

But the real stand out of this music video was Wooseok, who’s charisma really shined for me during this comeback. Every time this boy was on screen my heart would skip a beat. He’s so handsome, and this comeback was perfect for him. There is a saying in the Kpop world where we dub a comeback as a certain member’s era, and for me “Sha la la” is definitely Wooseok’s.

So, with that said, thank you so much for reading my review of Pentagon’s “Sha La La”. I hope that you enjoyed it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also if you have a group that you want me to review next week let me know. Bye! ^_^

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