Editors’ Notes Fans attracted to PENTAGON’s sunshiny vibe from hits like “Sha La La” and “Shine” must have rubbed their eyes and ears in disbelief after experiencing the dark and dramatic teasers for their first full-length album. Universe : The Black Hall confirms the boy band’s departure towards a more mature and intense realm. Everything about PENTAGON gets turned up—“Dr. BeBe,” “The Black Hall,” and “Zoom Up” lead the way with ominous production, pointed raps, and vocal acrobatics. They hit similar highs with sentimental balladry (“Die for You,” “Camellia,” “Someday”) that spotlights PENTAGON’s high-note kings Jinho and Hui. Profound moments like “Asteroid,” “Talk,” and “Shower of Rain” allow sunshine to peek in (though the latter is about crying in the rain to cover up the tears). A Korean version of 2019’s “Happiness” reminds you of their triumphant pop pedigree, but Universe : The Black Hall is a testament to their growth. Whatever you thought PENTAGON was, think again.

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