Yume wo Mikata ni / Koi Kogarete Mita Yume

Yume wo Mikata ni / Koi Kogarete Mita Yume was ayaka’s 11th single. It was released on April 22, 2009 and reached no. 6 on the Oricon Charts with 27,126 copies sold. This is her first single since her diagnosis of Graves’ Disease. The first title track will be used in Benesse promotion campaigns, used to cheer high school students on in their studies.

Yume wo Mikata ni / Koi Kogarete Mita Yume - ayaka

Tracks:
1. Yume wo Mikata ni
2. Koi Kogarete Mita Yume
3. Kimi ga Iru Kara
<2009/2/13 Fan Club Live ver.>
4. Yume wo Mikata ni
5. Koi Kogarete Mita Yume

Review:
It’s been a while and despite personal hardships ayaka is back and better than ever with the inspiring Yume wo Mikata ni. ayaka’s always had such a wonderful voice and she really shows it off in this song. They’re very crisp, clear, and just full of life and emotion. She manages to give life to this uplifting ballad that’s just awing and heavenly. There are a lot of different influences in this song. As usual there’s the acoustic guitar, alongside the piano, but one of the most inspiring things had to be the choir in the background, gave it a church feeling. And surprisingly enough it was fairly catchy.

Now where the previous song was more of an uplifting, spiritual ballad, Koi Kogarete Mita Yume is more of a solemn ballad. It’s more traditional when it comes to the music and overall sound. The strings alongside the acoustic guitar make an appearance with none other than the piano. While it’s not nearly as catchy or as happy, it still touches you. There’s also a lot more emotion in her voice, which is also stronger. And as for the occasional flute, it was nice.

Breaking the chain of lovely ballads is the live version of Kimi ga Iru Kara. In most cases I’d be mad but since it’s Kimi ga Iru Kara I can’t complain. Like I said it does break the chain of amazing ballads since it is a rock song. However I have to admit that they’ve lightened things up a bit, there’s a greater emphasis on the piano rather than all the rock instruments. It’s just as catchy as the original version, and it sounds amazing, even live.

Overall Review: Yume wo Mikata ni / Koi Kogarete Mita Yume was beautiful ballad bliss! ayaka is back, and despite her illness, she’s better than ever. She’s still got that killer voice that still mesmerizes all. Each ballad has something different to offer, the first was very spiritual and heavenly while the latter was more serious yet just as dramatic. As for the live rendition, it’s AMAZING! She proves yet again that she’s one of the few artists that actually sound the same during recorded and live performances. Anyway she’s deserved a break after this magnificent single.

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