As June’s onslaught of comebacks continue, I’ve noticed a rather interesting trend. While most of the singles are improvements over much of what we’ve heard this year, there’s always an album track (or group of album tracks) that far outshine them. This is a rather common occurrence but the fact that it’s happened for almost every comeback this month is quite interesting. I don’t think I’ve seen a streak like this in some time and Weki Meki’s Oopsy continues this trend of being the weakest song on the album.
Oopsy feels like a middle ground between the groups more bombastic material (Crush and Tiki Taka) and their more quirky side (Picky Picky and I don’t like your girlfriend) and suffers in this regard. Without a clear cut goal or structure to follow, the entire thing feels pretty aimless. The needless vocal contortions and sing-talk style has reached the edge of saturation and it kinda feels like the easy way out for girl group singles right now. Where are the bright, sing along melodies? Where is the knockout chorus’? Though I understand much of this has to do with my own musical preferences but the entire end result just becomes forgettable. Without a surefire hook I’m afraid that like much of 2020’s work, Oopsy is bound to get lost in rotation.
However there are a few things that make Oopsy much more enjoyable. The slinky baseline that underlies much of the verses is a fun production flourish, imbuing the track with a nice sense of groove. The ascending pre-chorus, while generic also helps the track conjure some nice anthemic groove. It feels like ripped right out of a 2018 song and could have sat comfortably next to songs like BBoom BBoom. But whereas that track launched into one of that years most addicting centrepieces, Oopsy just kind of fizzles out. And while the group have evidently found their sound, this is probably one of the weaker examples of it.
Final Rating: 7 / 10