Positive, the sixth mini-album from K-pop band Pentagon, shows off the group’s range of contemporary styles, and smooth, catchy melodies.
Opener Off-Road feels like a slightly more glossy version of Phoenix’s latest album, Ti Amo, mixed with fingerclicks and warped vocal loops. It’s an upbeat pop song, with huge waves of synths, and is sure to do well in huge arenas.
Shine begins with a bouncy piano loop, before breaking into a hip hop breakbeat. Brass-like synths and the simple gang vocals are just a few of the ingredients that make this track so memorable.
Think About You delves into neo-soul with a squelch-funk vibe, as does Nothing I Can Do, which includes Westlife-esque key changes in a bluesy, laid-back lounge-pop setting. Meanwhile, Let’s Go Together shows Pentagon at their most boisterous, with another fun, bouncy piano pop song. It may not sound as current as the openers, but it puts early 2000s boy band titans to shame.
The only weak link here is Do It For Fun, which sees the group trying to fit into the trap trend. It’s a pretty minimal club-centred dub beat, with lyrics repeated over and over.
While some of the tracks sound a little dated, they at least sound strong, catchy, and well-produced.
Edited by Ginny Wong