- Yowaki Joshi Taibu Todoke
- Konamaiki Girl
- Kaite wa Keshite no “I Love You”
- Matenai After Five
- Kasa wo Sasu Senpai
- Itooshikutte Gomen ne (’19 five girls version)
1. Yowaki Joshi Taibu Todoke
As the only new track for the mini-album technically, Yowaki Joshi Taibu Todoke was kind spoken as the track for Yanamin who is graduating from this group AND Juice=Juice (huh, she’s getting to send-off songs?). This song is kind of cutesy and upbeat, sounding a lot like something from the first couple of singles (ironically the singles that didn’t have Nanami involved). I do like that she does have a LOT solos in the song and it sounds cute and upbeat. Not bad, but there’s been better from them!
2. Konamaiki Girl
So the majority of the rest of the mini contains the digital songs they’ve released in the last two years (basically since Momoko graduated). That said, I wasn’t sure what the group was going to sound like without Momochi backing them up and Konamaiki Girl showed off a much more cutesy side to them after having such a boogie-woogie and rockabilly vibes out of the last couple of releases. It’s cute like the previous track, but I’ve always felt like it was a weak song for them since it’s kind of minimal, but eh? Just wasn’t that strong of a track for me.
3. Kaite wa Keshite no “I Love You”
Which carried over to the 2nd of the digital songs, Kaite wa Keshite no “I Love You” but of the four digital songs, this one actually ended up with a PV. The tune definitely reminds me of a mi of “Koi Dorobo” & “Wakatte Iru no ni Gomen ne”. Still, the tune is pretty nice and while super girly, I found my self tapping my feet to the beat. Also, Funakki just sounds so cute here! Still even Yamakki and Ozeki sound better than before. Nice track!
4. Matenai After Five
Then last year, they came back surprisingly with a double A-side digital single and I was surprised with Matenai After Five being upbeat kind of big band-like. It’s got a nice groove to it and the members seem to gel even more than before especially since everyone is getting a lot of solos here! I’m just surprised the girls sound pleasant and not shaky. Risa’s deeper vocals are enticing, but we have Musubu, Mai, Chisaki, and Nanami really giving strong performances as well. Maybe not as great as the previous track, but it sticks out!
5. Kasa wo Sasu Senpai
Of the four, Kasa wo Sasu Senpai is probably the most serious track of the digital songs and I was hoping they’d release another song in a similar vein to “Koi wa Magnet”. Though I wasn’t expecting the song to be similar to it. I mean it doesn’t quite have to cool 80s throwback gloss upon it, but the track is really calm and the strings are beautiful (kind of reminds me of Platinum era Momusu). Really nice track overall!
6. Itooshikutte Gomen ne (’19 five girls version)
It is what it is, a self-cover of their debut A-side, Itooshikutte Gomen ne. Obviously the biggest and lone difference in the song is that there’s no Uta, Manaka, or Momoko here and instead got the current girls (Chisaki, Mai, Risa, Musubu, and Nanami). I mean I’ve always loved the song and I was curious to see what an updated take would sound like, but it does sound off to me without the aforementioned girls despite Yanamin and Funakki adding a lot more oomph to it. I suppose it’s nice, but it feels like a hint or something…
As the first H!P release of 2019, I wasn’t expecting to kick off with a Country Girls mini-album. To be fair it does feel like a mini-best what with 5 old songs (granted 1 of them is updated) and only one new track which was more of a song for Nanami’s impending graduation from the group. Seasons is nice overall as most of the songs (except Konamaiki Girl) were pretty decent tracks all-around, I just hope it isn’t the final release for the group as Country Girls becomes a quartet (and that Risa, Chisaki, and Musubu are in other groups).