Goriki Ayame – Goriki Ayame Review

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Release Date: April 8, 2015

Track Listing

  1. Tomodachi Yori Daiji na Hito
  2. Kuyashii Kedo Daiji na Hito
  3. Wagamama wa Daiji na Hito
  4. Nanairo 7 Days
  5. Tic-Tac
  6. Hitotsu Dake
  7. GO! GIRLS!! GO!
  8. Kimi Iro
  9. Asagao
  10. Rainbow
  11. Anata no 100 no Kirai na Tokoro

Review

Goriki Ayame is a Japanese actress and model for the Japanese fashion magazine Seventeen. She made her singing debut in 2013 under the Sony Music Entertainment sub-label gr8!records.

After releasing her trio of “Daiji na Hito” singles between the summer of 2013 and the winter of 2014 she released her self-titled debut album in the spring of 2015.

As one would expect, that series of singles starts off the album and for those who have followed Gouriki’s musical career so far, these should be nothing new. For newcomers, her first in the trilogy (Tomodachi Yori Daiji na Hito) is the most memorable, and it happens to be the first song on the album, so you don’t have to go very far to find it.

Once you get past her singles, there is a variety of J-Pop to choose from. Immediate comparisons can be made to other female pop artists; the one that comes to mind is Nishino Kana. Granted, Goriki doesn’t have the pipes that Nishino does, but musically, they are very similar.

Album cuts that deserve your attention are R&B-ish Tic-Tac and the straight-up bubblegum pop of Hitosu Dake. After that, you can go to her second single, Anata no 100 no Kirai na Tokoro. The rest of the songs are neither here nor there. I tend to think of the more generic and safe E-girls material in this case.

If you are a fan of Goriki Ayame, you might want to take a chance on this if you care about her side career as a singer. Otherwise, give this a go if you don’t have anything else in your music queue to listen to.

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