Daisy (데이지) holds a special place among Pentagon’s comebacks for a variety of reasons. It’s their first single since participating in Road to Kingdom, their first without main vocal Jinho, and their first in a long while with member Yanan. The one thing that hasn’t changed is leader Hui’s participation in Daisy’s songwriting. His style has given Pentagon their own sound, even if I’ve found it to be pretty hit or miss.
For every Sha La La or Shine, we get a Humph or Dr. BeBe. Recently, Hui’s output has embraced the angstier side of pop. Even when his songs go big and brash, like JO1’s great Oh-Eh-Oh, they’re buttressed by layers of pathos. So, it’s no surprise that Daisy is a full-on, crying-in-the-rain emoto-thon. Your tolerance for this level of angst will likely color your opinion of the track. When it’s this overwrought — even incorporating a poetic, pseudo-philosophical tag at the end of its music video — I must admit my eyes tend to glaze over.
Other than that, Daisy is a perfectly competent track. Pentagon pump up the guitars (and church-like synths) during the chorus for maximum bombast. I find the melody to be a little too predictable, and the obvious rhyming of “daisy” and “crazy” turns me off a bit (which should give a pretty good indication of why I rarely listen to English-language pop music anymore). But, I appreciate the commitment to the sheer emotion of it all. Things become more compelling as the track moves into its chant-heavy climax and the instrumental conjures a satisfying stomp. However, much of Daisy feels just too indulgent for my taste.