GIRLIE is the second indie mini-album released by aiko.
Released: May 30, 1998
1. Sasenaide (させないで)
2. Ijiwaru na Tenshi yo Sekai wo Warae! (イジワルな天使よ 世界を笑え!)
3. Hachimitsu (ハチミツ)
4. Inu ni Naru (犬になる)
5. Rosie (ロージー)
6. Hachimitsu (instrumental)
7. Rengebatake (れんげ畑)
The mini opens with Sasenaide, which is a bit different from some of aiko’s later material as the music has a more unorthodox sound. The music feels really raw and the instruments stick out a lot more than usual. I think what keeps it sounding like an aiko song is the melody and her voice. I quite like this song because the melody is memorable and catchy. Definitely one of the better songs of her indie days.
Ijiwaru na Tenshi yo Sekai wo Warae! is a more upbeat and bright tune with some explosive brass instruments. It is definitely a predecessor to some of her future fun upbeat songs. I quite like the build-up into the chorus and the chorus itself has a lot of energy to it. I don’t think it is that catchy as the melody because the hooks aren’t that memorable, but I do like the energy it brings. There is also a cute little rap that comes up later on in the song as well.
Hachimitsu is the mini-album’s only single and was released right before this mini’s release. It’s a bit more of a slower song, but has a sweeter side to it. It’s not particularly catchy, but there is something about the combination of the music and melody that really works nicely together. It’s a really nice song.
Inu ni Naru is a midtempo pop song with a bouncy beat. I quite like the cuter quality of this song because it helps to differentiate itself from the other tracks. It’s a bit catchier than some of the other songs, but it just doesn’t push things enough for me and ends up the weakest track at this point.
Rosie was later released as aiko’s eighth single, but it made its debut here. This is easily the album’s most memorable track because the chorus is really catchy. I love the melody and that burst of energy it gets really helps it stand out. It’s no wonder it was a single. I think one of my favourite parts is in the verse where things get a bit silly and aiko sings funnily. Strong tune.
Rengebatake is actually an outro that has aiko’s voice through a weird distortion. It’s a nice change and would’ve been nice as a full song. It also has a bit of English, which is something that isn’t common in aiko’s music.
Overall: This mini-album is quite surprising just because it has some quality tracks on it. It is certainly stronger than the material on her first mini, in large part because the music and melodies work together in better harmony and the melodies were more memorable. I also think the inclusion of three stronger songs helped this one. Like the first one, this one feels like a predecessor to a lot of material from her later albums. I would especially recommend tracks 1 and 5.