Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl
Sep 15, 2022
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Pop music had never sounded so nostalgic as fresh, let alone having reflected an arduous process of self-knowledge and evolution.

'SAWAYAMA', her debut work had already redefined what pop music was, back then with the inclusion of nu-metal, rock and a very dreamy and rigid production. But 'Hold The Girl' marks a new and renewed facet in Rina's musical career, where she decides this time to capture her influences and a compilation of hits that have many country and grunge elements, but full of a very outrageous and chaotic interpretation, with much more fluid and coherent vocals than in her previous album.

The lyrics continue to consist of Rina's diverse stories and passages, but this time much more focused on the personal discovery of her identity and sound, bringing along the explosion of screaming out those traumas and ailments, and transforming them as a whole into a very personal and close experience.

I really don't think it surpasses its predecessor, but it's undoubtedly a much more complete and fluid project, as well as evolutionary and not to say interesting, demonstrating a very personal pop materialized as something catchy, stylish but delicately selected within a wide variety of sounds and styles, which rescues the best of an era that marked generations.

best tracks // hold the girl, forgiveness, imagining
worst tracks // catch me in the air, to be alive

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