Also making their comeback is Pentagon, who has returned with SHA LA LA. This is their first Korean comeback since Naughty Boy was released in September last year. This comeback also sees the return of Yanan, who sat out of the last comeback. However, it is a gain-a-member and lose-a-member scenario with Pentagon, as Kino would not be able to participate in the stage performances due to an existing injury. In other news, Pentagon made a comeback in Japan earlier in the year with Cosmos, while Wooseok also formed a unit with KuanLin and released I’m A Star two weeks ago.
When I considered my thoughts for Sha La La, it felt like I was rather satisfied with the components of the song. But it is one of the songs that when you look at it as a whole, it doesn’t shine as much. It is a weird perception of things but I don’t know how else to really describe it. I really liked the house instrumental, especially with the groovy first half of the chorus. The second half was also quite interesting, providing the song with an infusion of energy which also contrasts well with the first half. The vocals were also quite nice, especially Hui’s falsettos. They were very clear and crisp. I also liked their trap-influenced raps, which I thought gave some extra punch to the song. But when you put these elements together, I felt like the song was rather typical and didn’t shine as much as the individual components. I might just be confused about my feelings but this is how they are at this very stage.
The music video is what I really like about the comeback. The bird-eye view perception we saw at the very start of the video was really intriguing. When they followed with a retro computer feel as the different images and footage was shown in the olden style windows, which I thought was really cool. I thought the dance sets were really cool as well, matching with the dance vibes the song had. I also enjoyed how Kino was given a small frame in the middle choreography scene, which he couldn’t perform in due to his injury. It was rather nice that he was still incorporated and wasn’t left out.
I really liked how they picked Jinho up at the start. It too gives the performance an intriguing start. The best part of the choreography goes to the chorus. I liked how some of the moves were rather simplistic. But when you put them all together, it looked very complex and this matches the way the chorus came together.
Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8.5/10
Overall Rating – 8.2/10
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