ayaka – 夢を味方に/恋焦がれて見た夢 [10th Single]

May 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm (ayaka) (, )

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ayaka’s 10th single, entitled 夢を味方に/恋焦がれて見た夢, was released on 04.22.09. 夢を味方に was used as the Benesse promotional campaign used to cheer high school students on in their studies. It was recently announced that ayaka had married actor Mizumisha Hiro and that she was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease so she will continue to do music this year and will then put her career on hold for some much deserved rest.

 夢を味方に is a hopeful sweet song. Opening the song are the beautiful sounds of the piano, immediately introducing the listener to a story of beauty. Then as it goes on, the beat becomes clearer and soon ayaka is in singing the first verse. She is absolutely fantastic at giving emotion in her voice so that the listener can really feel the element of hope coming through from her heart to theirs’. Truthfully, the chorus does fall a little flat since there’s no real instrumental change and there’s not even a build-up. Nonetheless, she sounds nice and the emotion is still there. The “just fly high” at the end of the chorus does seem a little misplaced but it’s a good representation of the song’s message. Having a backing chorus never really works for anyone and it doesn’t work here either but the following third verse has the needed energy that the song needs as the guitar pumps in some vivid sounds for the listener can really appreciate. 夢を味方に is an enjoyable song and there’s definitely the element of hope that makes this a good song to cheer on students.

 恋焦がれて見た夢 slows things down in order to come to ayaka’s forte. The song begins with the piano but this time, the emotions come right off the bat and the listener enters a whole new world. ayaka sounds beautiful on the first verse and the simplicity of the music allows her to be the true center. Before the chorus, she shows off that vocal range and that serves as the only build-up needed. She continues to sound great on the chorus and the emotions stay wonderfully on the listeners’ ears. That little section of pure instrumentation following the first chorus is heavenly and very pretty.

 In order to promote the single, a PV for 夢を味方に was made. The video features ayaka walking through town and another scene under an absolutely beautiful sky. There’s just something missing from this video that keeps it from being particularly eye-catching. It seems to be going for a natural look but it just didn’t connect as well as it should have.

 Single Ranking: B +

 Both 夢を味方に and 恋焦がれて見た夢 are great songs, showing off ayaka’s true style. 恋焦がれて見た夢 is the superior track with a simple instrumental and ayaka’s vocals giving the needed emotion. 夢を味方に is also good in that the purpose of the song comes across well with hope from ayaka. I do hope that ayaka will come back to the music industry since she is definitely a strong player. However her health is more important and I’m glad that she has someone to support her and make her happy.

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