Hayal Shel Ahava arrived in the middle of Eyal Golan’s massive takeover of the Mizrahi radio waves during the late ‘90s. The soon-to-be megastar’s fourth album was created in collaboration with Ze'ev Nechama and Tamir Kalisky of Ethnix, presenting Golan’s crisp, lofty vocals with Latin-style pop, show-stopping ballads and more traditional, theatrical Mizrahi acoustic pop. Hayal Shel Ahava was a notable step in Golan's career as he became one of Israel’s most beloved singers.
Eyal Golan sets an unguarded tone on the first track of his hit 1997 album, Biladaich, singing the words: “Don’t play with a man’s heart / Don’t hurt his feelings”. The rising superstar expresses similarly plaintive sentiments throughout the record (and the rest of his career), enlisting the help of Ze’ev Nechama and Tamir Kalisky of Ethnix to bring these heartfelt musings to life. Together, they deliver splashy, bass-heavy Mizrahi pop, Golan's somersaulting vocals soaring throughout.