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Song Review: woo!ah! – I Don’t Miss U

Back in November, woo!ah’s boisterous Bad Girl attempted to deliver the edgy girl crush energy of 2020. It was mostly successful, despite a few musical diversions that chipped away at the song’s consistency. Now, like any ambitious rookie group, the girls have returned with a follow-up single from their latest album.

I Don’t Miss U sets its musical sights more narrow, and is all the stronger for it. I appreciate the track’s simplicity. It finds its laid-back groove immediately and sticks with it the entire time. Woo!ah seem to have discovered 2013-era 2NE1, as I Don’t Miss U bounces along a head-nodding instrumental similar to the vibe of classics like Falling In Love. The production throws in a volley of Chainsmokers-esque synths during the chorus, but never feels overly trendy.

Best of all, I Don’t Miss U allows the girls to show off their vocals. The song is definitely enhanced by attitude and charisma, but isn’t beholden to it. Its core melodies are strong and memorable, and the girls sell them with definite polish. I love the sing-song verses, which is a rarity for me. Usually, this approach results in a series of disconnected moments masquerading as a song, but all the ingredients here work together in a satisfying way. Because of this, some may be tempted to call I Don’t Miss U generic. But although it doesn’t reinvent any K-pop wheel, it culminates in a catchy chant and is hummable from the first listen. Not bad for a follow-up!

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.25

8 thoughts on “Song Review: woo!ah! – I Don’t Miss U

  1. This song isn’t what I typically listen to, but I appreciate the vibe it goes for. The vocals are superb and sweet. I can see this song being played on the radio because of how easygoing and pop like it sounds. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s got quality.

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  2. Completely agree with the review and the above comment, they may lack originality, but there is a quality there with this group. Will be interesting to see how they continue to do.

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  3. I think the straightforward and directness of the song is my fav part. The verses are so strong. I really enjoy talk rapping in verses and hearing it melodized in this way is really enjoyable. I think the low-key chorus is still strong but it’s not my favorite part of the song by any means.
    I prefer the chorus “Bad Girls” and the unison chant in the chorus’s second half, is still so awesome to me. But “I don’t Miss u” here is an overall better song and I’m excited to see what’s next for the group.

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  4. It’ s the harmonised parts for me. I’ m a big fan of that (like in Red Velvet songs!) and it makes the sing-talking verses sound really nice and polished, adds emphasis where needed. The soft oh yeaah ~ adlib is also nice. Overall it just sounds good! I like it.

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    • O the MV: I adore the concept and styling. Cute but in a more mature way or skewing towards ‘cool’ish is something we don’t often see from girl groups.

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  5. This is really cute. What makes it nice for me is that it is cute without being cutesy. It also uses the expected chord progressions of a quality pop song, and doesn’t stray into overused contemporary trends which makes it refreshingly old fashioned.

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