Song Review: woo!ah! – Bad Girl

Despite woo!ah!’s exuberant name, their self-titled debut failed to elicit much excitement. But, rookie groups often take some time to get going, and that may be the case here. New single Bad Girl may not offer anything revelatory or new, but it already feels more assured.

Like so many girl group tracks this year, Bad Girl seems heavily indebted to the sound of ITZY’s 2019 debut. Dalla Dalla was a bonafide K-pop smash, but I’m not sure anyone could have predicted just how influential it would become. Its catwalk beat, the attitude infused delivery and big, celebratory chorus have all become expected ingredients in many 2020 girl crush tracks. Bad Girl mostly follows suit, drawing from the same sound palette and bringing an unexpected sense of polish to the performance.

The song is strongest during its verses, whether it be the vocal-led intro or the thumping hip-hop that follows the first chorus. An unnecessary breakdown is shoehorned right into Bad Girl’s center, which is a shame, and the track occasionally veers into obnoxious playground taunt chanting. But, when the girls offer a more robust performance, Bad Girl unveils a potential I didn’t know woo!ah! had. Given some streamlining, I think this general sound works well for them. But, I guess the point of this style is to be a little rough around the edges. Still, I would have removed the bridge, the breakdown and the post-chorus hook, while expanding upon the track’s strengths.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 7
 Bias 8
 RATING 7.75

7 thoughts on “Song Review: woo!ah! – Bad Girl

  1. Oh no, more badness. How many Bad’s are we up to this year?

    There’s nothing wrong with this song other than I have heard something like it a dozen times or more in the recent past. Yes, I hear Itzy Dalla Dalla too, most obviously in that deep bamboo flute synth tone.

    One small note: they never close the D on the word “Bad”, so the chorus sounds like “Bah Girl” every single time.

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  2. Since you mentioned that you would’ve removed certain sections of the song, I played the song over again and skipped those sections manually. It’s so much better!( if overly short). I’ve come used to K-pop songs having different sections and different vibes for those sections, but this shows that, sometimes, all of that is unnecessary

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  3. I like it. The beat is more than a little reminiscent of Itzy- but if there’s anything I don’t mind being copied over and over, it is a beat like that.

    I don’t mind the breakdown actually. That guitar (?) sound keeps it from becoming too slow and dragging in my opinion. The ‘hey’ s in between that rap are weird though, they sound very un-energetic. Like a really bored group of people attempting to show some spirit? The taunt in the bridge is also a no from me.

    I agree with removing those parts, because I enjoy the rest of the song.


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