Release Date: February 25, 2015
- Parallel World
- Doki Doki
- Mira Creation
- Kaze no Shippo
- Symphony No. 1
- Mirai e no Sign
- Owari wa Hajimari
- Sora (Music Edition bonus track)
Ayami Muto is the first full-scale solo idol act on the Amuse label. Prior to her solo debut she was a member of the idol group Karen Girl’s (under the name AYAMI) until 2009 when the group was dissolved.
In 2010 Sakura Gakuin was formed as an eight-member unit with Muto as their leader. She stayed in the group until graduating in the spring of 2012. 13 months after her graduation she started her activities as a solo act.
So far she has released two cover albums (DNA1980 volumes 1 and 2) and two original full-length albums. 2014’s Eien to Shunkan and this year’s I-POP.
Most of the up tempo songs on this album fit somewhere in the world of the Electro Pop. Since these songs are highly pop rather than club influenced, I would say that maybe the Electro Musume era of Morning Musume ’14 might be a fair comparison to make in regards to sound.
The only single released from I-POP so far is Parallel World. Give that a listen and see if you agree with the assessment above or not.
Other songs sound more like the typical ear candy that is well-produced idol pop music. Mira Creation and Mirai e no Sign are fine examples. Oddly there is only one slower track on I-POP (Kaze no Shippo) but it is quite the nice piano driven piece that creates a nice break from all the genki idol material.
Overall I-POP is an enjoyable listen and if you’re willing to give it a chance, it should make a great addition to your idol pop collection.
I-POP (Anniversary Edition)
I-POP (Yell Edition)
I-POP (Music Edition)