|The debut album
by MISSING HEART - "Mystery"
released in Japan was recorded during the period from October 1999 to
March 2000. Numerous fares produced in the BROS studio during the period
of approximately one half a year, have all trailing note in spite of the
happy dance music maybe because they were created in the bitter cold winter
time. Perhaps it is the reflection of the European's yearning for spring
and summer. The timing of its release in Japan was perfect as far as the
season was concerned. Excluding "Moonlight Shadow" which was already
very popular in Japan, pieces were created by David Brandes as
a leader and other members of BROS team. The album
made its success in the point that the music was created based on a concept
that Manu's charm was
more important than making music as a whole.
- Tears in May
A world of mystery is coming from far away. After the Intro that brings
the world of MISSING HEART, a
dance tune is played, a mixture of the sense of space and the European
flavor. The romantic content that May tears wash away the pain of
love was impressive. Sense of seasons was excellent as if the album
release in Japan was matched with this song. This music will be featured
also in "Dance mania X6" compilation.
- Prison of Passion
Many of words of the dance music have straight expression of love,
but MISSING HEART gives truly
a literature quality to them. This music is also such a number as
represented by its tile "Prison of Passion," isn't it? With
the background sound studded with varying elements such as ethnic
music, rock and the ATB style, MISS
MANU performs dramatically with vocal & rap.
- Queen of Light
This is a dance tune with MISS MANU's
lyrical vocal accompanied by a typical German light sound. The vocal
on the energetic sound with full TRANCE sense. The chorus follows
the cute MANU's vocal is also
presented in style only available in Germany. The elaborate sound
this group creates is just what we expect from this fine group of
artists. This fare is from E-ROTIC
repertoir and appeared on German album by this group "Missing
- Save The Last Dance For Me
This piece is a hyper-TRANCE number. The content itself is a simple
feeling of love embraced in the TRANCE dance situation. Yet, MANU's
vocal sung with a sharp sound is impregnated with poetic sentiment
and lingering emotion. If we listen to this song at an European club
snowed-in in the mid winter, we will be overwhelmed with a culture
- In Aeternum
This is a hard dance tune with an Irish motive melody reminding us
of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" sung in the movie
"Titanic. " However, the portion of Introduction is
Italian like, and MANU's vocal
is sounding like a French sexy song represented by Jane Parkin
in her prime time. It is an unusual piece posing to have no nationality.
- Hearts of Ice
Often images of ice express disappointment. This song is also a love
song in despair. MANU's vocal
is also straight to the point, singing her heart out on the energetic
dance beat. It is very interesting that the sound is pleasant in spite
of the content.
- Fly Away
It is a hard dance tune with a full play of TRANCE mood. MANU's
sexy vocal is also getting a very inviting mood, but the humming by
the chorus is rather modest and clean. We can say that this piece
contains her two types of charms.
- Nights In Heaven - Days In Hell
The theme of this piece is lost love, but the EURO music feeling is
fully kept all through. Happy and charming vocal rather expresses
more vividly the severe details. This is one of the pieces which get
the best out of MANU's attraction
as a EURO singer.
- The Last Kiss
This vocal in this fare is beyond a simple dance music image of an
extremely refracted type. The uniquely arranged sound reminds us of
Georgio Moroder in his German period in the seventies, which
is recently on the way to revival. We notice the impressive MISS
MANU's vocal expression that focuses on the inner feeling.
This is a memorable debut track of MISSING
HEART. This music is a class by itself, a message dedicated
to a sister. However, the music tune itself is a straight European
EURO-TRANCE fare. Shining elaborate sound arrangement is a pleasure.
- Heart Will Pass By
MANU's female specific sensitivity
is expressed by a charming pop tune. It is the EURO POP, which is
somewhat different from a dance number. However, her light vocal is
attractive even in this type of music.
- Moonlight Shadow
This is a dance hit number already penetrated into the Japanese fans
and featured in "Dance Mania 7" and "Dance Mania
extra" This piece is a cover of the 1983 hit by Mike Oldfield.
The song was originally performed by Lyane Leigh and since
this version is already famous it was included in this album. This
is the only song on this album that was not performed by MISS
MANU. In contrast to the sound full of commercialism, this
content is mysterious blend of thriller movies and love romance, which
appears to be just made for MISSING HEART.
- In Aeternum (Remix)
This is a remixed version of the most strange song in the album. The
more up-scaled remix has a content producible only in Germany where
Enigma was born.