The reason ‘SAWAYAMA’ worked so well is because it was an odd-ball. It was experimental but grounded, perfecting the pop metal sound popularized by acts like Poppy. It was simultaneously a master class in pop structure and songwriting as well as a potential step into the future of what pop music can be. Meanwhile ‘Hold the Girl’ blends in with so many of Rina’s contemporaries that it’s hard to find any reason to listen to this more than once. The personality’s been drained out. If you’re planning on squeezing this in before the year ends, maybe consider spending that time on another album instead.