So, I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I wanted to review more obscure K-pop works moving forward because, being influenced by the Brave Girls phenomenon, I wanted to bring some real hidden gems to the forefront. Not that I have much influence but I’d love to see a lot of newer groups get some shine in the spotlight, and every bit of help counts!
That said, today I have my focus on a recently debuted girl group by the name of woo!ah!, of NV Entertainment. While they’re relatively unknown, they made a small splash as a six-member girl group meant to wow you with their charms and talents. After the leave of their maknae, woo!ah! makes their return to the K-pop scene with a drastic change in concept, but one that (at least, I myself think) doesn’t take away from any of their youthful charms and performing prowess. They return with “QURIOUS“, and spelling aside, consider me curious how this single will be.
Opting to go for a ‘bad girl’ concept while still trying to be cute might be a strange combination, but will it mesh or did curiosity kill the cat on this release? Read on!
Round & Round
Romanization: Bing Bing Bing (Round & Round)
While we’re not at the title track just yet, the girls want us to get a taste of what we’re getting into in this single. As such, the first B-side is our introductory track, and “Bing Bing Bing (Round & Round)” is quite the intro serve! So much so, that it’s got the five stars right off the bat! Let’s delve.
“Bing Bing Bing (Round & Round)” is a fun track, one that totally took me off guard because I’ve heard enough Bing Bing songs in my life under the Korean music umbrella to know they’re so good, so I was already setting myself up for disappointment. Boy was I wrong! It’s a fabulous hard-hitting techno track that has 8-bits and synth everywhere when it needs to be, rough-around-the-edges electric guitars to amp up its sound, all while the contrasting cute high pitches of the girls’ vocals sing on top. It’s a strange blend but it just accentuates how the girls are now only finding a sound that is suitable to them. The youthfulness in this track is so clear, and it’s a wow for me, dawg. It’s got me going round and round, and I hope you are, too. ⬛
Ah, yes, now we’re talking even badder! If you liked the introductory track, then you’re in for a good surprise with “Bad Girl”, which takes the girls into further electro-dance territory.
“Bad Girl” definitely took me by surprise, because I was never a big fan of their debut track. However, when this song came up randomly on my radar (and random, as ever, while I was working), it blew me away. It is filled to the brim with catchy elements. From its first few bass hits, to its hard-hitting synth, all the way to its staccato vocal nature, there’s a flow that feels like you’ve heard this before but it still feels fresh. Its deep house sound is one to admire, and the girls still sound cute singing along to it. It’s got an element of nursery rhyme to it that makes it unique, with that awesome ‘naneun’ segment giving this track some fun. It is undeniably a fabulous track, and bad girls everywhere should beware for these girls. ⬛
It’s time for a new B-side to close off the single, and boy, what a closer this one is! If you’re into fun R&B-flavored pop tracks, this might be up your alley… but let’s be real, “I Don’t Miss U” is for everyone who just likes fun K-pop, in general.
“I Don’t Miss U” is pure pop gold. Its instrumental is hook upon hook, much like that of “Bad Girl”, only this time, the last track on the single takes a more laid-back approach. The instrumental is very reminiscent of what you’d normally hear on the radio, and that’s not a bad thing! It takes a very Chainsmokers-or-SEVENTEEN-like tone but its the melody that the girls’ vocals (and, damn, those fire raps by Nana) take on that make the song more unique, fresh, and lively. You can’t help but smile along as you listen to the song with its playful nature, and it feels like every member is enjoying the moment within the track. Hands up in the air if you love somebody, because I think I’m starting to love woo!ah!. ⬛
I really think being curious about this release was rewarding… I found K-pop gold! I’m surprised that this release isn’t as popular, considering its aesthetics are great and each song on the single is worth 5 stars. I wasn’t being generous. Each song deserves it. There’s a flavor for each track that I think K-pop fans will really enjoy, and while it isn’t completely girl crush, I think there’s elements in here for girl crush fans to gush over. It’s got a fabulous title track and two B-sides that are worth A-side quality.
I give this a total recommend, and if you’re qurious, you can always check it out on Spotify or YouTube. Can’t wait to see what’s next for these bad girls!
MUST-LISTEN: I Don’t Miss U, Bad Girl, 빙빙빙 (Round & Round)
For more woo!ah! reviews, visit the archive!