A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
Surprisingly, the bulk of Pentagon’s new album is stronger than its title track. Many fans have pointed out that Feelin’ Like is the only song without member participation (though they did contribute to lyrics). This seems like a slap in the face for a group known for their self-production. It’s also a disservice to the fans. I mean, I’ve got nothing against composers like Ryan Jhun, but with one person crafting so many K-pop tracks by so many artists, no wonder the music all starts to sound the same!
I would have preferred to see Pentagon promote Call My Name. It does all the things Feelin’ Like does, but in a much more exciting way. The song retains Pentagon’s funky energy, grooving on the kind of chunky bass loop that’s omnipresent these days. However, it also makes room for interesting rap verses, an exciting build and a supremely catchy hook. It hinges on a “drop chorus” style while keeping Pentagon themselves front and center. And, its second verse actually builds upon the song’s strengths rather than plunge into a different arrangement entirely.
Then… wait… is that an interpolation of Blackstreet’s No Diggity I hear?? Teddy Riley and crew are not credited here, which may be why this was passed over for promotion. But to those familiar with 90’s music, the “hey ya hey ya” refrain is unmistakable. It only adds to the track’s considerable charm.