Ikio Ayaka – GOSSIP [2nd Mini Album]

July 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm (Ikio Ayaka) (, )

GOSSIP

Ikio Ayaka’s 2nd mini album, enittled GOSSIP, was released on 07.22.09.

The album opens up with the addictive track, Get Out. Opening the song is an addictive electropop instrumental that is sure to catch the listener’s attention. It really does have a disco sort of feel to it that is interesting and will make the listener want to dance. Then Ayaka comes in on the first verse and sings “I’m feeling like I wanna be your baby, I’m feeling like I wanna be your candy cane.” With the distortion on her vocals, they suit the music very well. Probably the line that stands out the most in this song is during the chorus when she sings the title of the song. Her vocals and the music at that point just make such a strong combination that it cannot be ignored. The section of pure instrumentation right before the final chorus sounds really cool and catches the listener off guard for a moment. This is a very strong way to start the album and will leave the listener wanting more.

Up next is Plastic Baby, one of the strongest songs on the album. The song begins with a fantastic instrumental and Ayaka’s vocals come in with no real distortion on them. Here is really where the music stands and takes the listener into another world. As usual with Ayaka, the lyrics are pretty strange and carry that sexual atmosphere that makes her shine. There is a cool drum beat right before the chorus, featuring high energy and sleek instrumentation to get the listener moving. Probably the most addictive part of the song is when she sings “hit baby” and “boom baby” repatedly. It’s such a strong mix of mellowness and aggression that the listener will get sucked in. Overall, it’s another fantastic song and definitely one to listen to.

Cat’s Free is the song that follows. The song opens up with an interesting aggressive instrumental that is sure to catch the listener’s ear. When Ayaka sings the first verse, the distortion on her vocals are strong but it’s also interesting that her vocals sound so slow so that really the focus led to the instrumentaion. The transition into the chorus is flawless so that it might go somewhat un-noticed but it sounds pretty cool despite it being very hard to understand what she is saying. A few phrases such as “cute and sexy” and “I don’t care and I don’t mind” stick out but otherwise it’s difficult to really understand. Nonetheless, it’s a very enjoyable song and definitely one that will catch the listener’s ear.

ANARCHY IN THE UK is the fourth tack on the album and a cover. The opening instrumental is interesting as the electropop is mixed with rock in order to create a strong instrumental. The vocals sound very strange at points, most points, as she holds the notes too long. Basically, the song would have worked so much better as one of those electropop with very little vocals and the focus on the instrumentation because the song has hot music but the vocals just make things weird.

Spider Web tones down the distortion a little bit to make a strong sleek song. A cool and fun instrumental starts things off and it has sort of a retro feel that will definitely catch the listener’s ear. When she comes in on the first verse, it’s very surprising since it doesn’t even sound like her. She is completely in control and due to the more mellow style of the instrumentation they suit the music perfectly. Right before the chorus there is a little aggression just to build up the anticipation. On the chorus, the distortion returns for her vocals and the music keeps the aggressive nature from the end of the verses so that it stands apart strongly. Spider Web is a fantastic track and shows that Ayaka doesn’t always need the distortion on her voice to bring her power.

The semifinale of the album is Scream. The song starts off with a really energetic and aggressive instrumental that carries the element of danger to it. Ayaka’s vocals sound very cool and only amplify the danger. On the first verse, Ayaka repeats a line without the help of distortion. On the chorus, the distortion returns and her vocals are slightly higher. It makes this section stand out although it might have sounded nicer with a lower tone. Then Ayaka repeats the same line but this time with the distortion and it really sounds a lot stronger. It may not be as strong as some of the other tracks but it’s still a very strong song.

Closing the album is Groove is Mine. Starting things off is a cool instrumental with interesting distortions on the vocals at cool intervals. With the various lines of vocals, the listener becomes intrigued right off the bat. The chorus is a little dry with the instrumentation sounding somewhat empty and the repeating vocals but it’s still nice. All the moments of pure instrumentation are the most interesting and it keeps the listeners on their toes. Again, not the best song but still an enjoyable one and a nice way to close the album.

Album Ranking: A +

Ayaka really did step her game up on this album. GOSSIP features a number of standout tracks from the disco dancing sounds of Get Out to the sleek coolness of Plastic Baby to the mellow strength to Cat’s Web and Spider Web. The last two tracks fell just a little flat but were still enjoyable. ANARCHY IN THE UK has an awesome instrumental but the vocals took away from its strength. Her best song as of now is still Spin Me Round but a lot of these songs come very close.

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4 Comments

  1. electropop said,

    yeah! totally dig the opening track, Get Out.

  2. Bozu said,

    I loved this album so much! For me, Ayaka is such a breakthrough newcomer, and I’ll be definitely watching what she does in the future.

    • amaiyume said,

      suchhh a good mini album!!!!
      Me too!!

  3. Lilian said,

    techno was never really my thing, but I deifnitely loved Groove Is Mine, my favorite song from her, i love the vocals part, the slowed down repeating lyrics part has this futuristic feel, that got me hooked.
    the rest of the songs were too messy for my taste though

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