Ayala - This Year

Published Sunday 21st February 2016
Ayala - This Year
Ayala - This Year

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160312-23716
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

London-Irish singer/songwriter Ayala's career is most definitely on the up with an invitation from Sir Paul McCartney to sing at a private party plus her very own music show now airing on Irish television. The debut album from Ayala will do her ascending career no harm either and showcases the multi-faceted singer's ability to offer up something polished but rootsy that suggest an art forged and refined through years on the London indie scene and latterly as a BBC Introducing artist. The punchy defiance of "Russian Roulette" kicks off an album full of attitude and passion that sees Ayala tackle a number of different everyday subject matters (as opposed to directly referencing her Christian faith) from homesickness in "5157 Miles" to the relationship struggles of "Maybe" - all delivered in a vocal style that is right at home in Radio 2 airplay territory. Add to the mix some delightfully quirky moments such as the inclusion of the Batman riff in the spiky "Don't Fix It" and a fantastic brass section on "Sirens" and you have a hugely enjoyable release from an artist to watch out for.

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