Missing You is the third album released by Leehom Wang.
Released: December 17, 1996
1. Disappear Into the Wind (風中的遺憾)
2. Far from Heart-Breaking (遠離傷心)
3. Missing You (好想你)
4. Rainstorm (暴風雨)
5. Memories (回憶)
6. Won’t Say Any Regrets (不說後悔)
7. Reserving Your Love (預約妳的愛)
8. Eyes (眼睛)
9. Persistent Love (愛依然執著)
The album opens with a ballad and I’m glad things start off on a good note. I feel like Disappear Into the Wind has a more emotional edge to it and I like that it starts off with a lot of power. The chorus is a bit repetitive, but it’s still a solid tune and one of Leehom’s stronger ballads from his earlier days. The added gospel tinge also brings some much needed fullness to the arrangement.
I was hoping for something more upbeat next, but Far from Heart-Breaking is a decent change in the feeling. This one reminds me more of a ballad from the 80’s with its over dramatic guitar and keyboard. The chorus isn’t as digestable as the last song, but it’s not a bad tune and there are some really nice moments that Leehom gives.
The title track comes flowing in next and we get the third ballad in a row. Luckily, Missing You is easily the best song on the album. It has that 80’s vibe going on with it as well and while I feel like it can be a little outdated at times, there is something really beautiful about the melody. The verses are a bit dull, but the power in the chorus really comes through.
At this point, the closest thing we have to an upbeat song is Rainstorm. It has a more intense energy to it that sort of brings a funkier pop/rock tune. The arrangement is a bit odd because it sounds really cool, but some of the choices of sounds takes some time to get used to. I do wish it felt fuller, but it does well with heightening the power of the melody. Sounds like something Phil Collins would do.
And yet another ballad comes…Here we Memories, which is more on the lighter side of things. At this point, this is the most forgettable of the slower tracks and just lacks a strong melody to stand out despite it going for a more acoustic sound. It’s not terrible, but nothing new.
Won’t Say Any Regrets goes a bit of a rocker route and sounds like something you would hear from the 60’s. It has a cooler vibe about it that I like and Leehom really plays this up. It’s not really something I would listen to often, but on this album it stands out because it actually has energy in the arrangement. It does get a bit lackluster for the chorus melody, but it’s not bad.
I’m thankful that Reserving Your Love comes in with its upbeat pop/rock vibes. It’s on the cuter side of things and brings something more fun and bright. The funkiness of the arrangement really makes things exciting, although it’s not a song that I see myself repeating often as it’s not very catchy.
Finally returning to the ballad pace, we get Eyes. It sounds similar to a lot of the other ones with its keyboard and almost 80’s vibe. The thing is, is that it isn’t a bad ballad though. The chorus is actually quite nice sounding and I enjoy the predictability of the melody. It comes off as sweet and rather charming, even if it’s your generic sounding tune.
It’s a bit unfortunate that at this point I’m getting a bit slogged down by this album. Persistent Love doesn’t help things by bringing another slower track. I do like that there is more percussion here to help propel the track, but it just sounds so similar to other tracks on the album that I’m a bit tired of hearing it.
Noah ends things off on a slow note, but for something more dramatic. It focuses on the piano and Leehom’s voice and it’s quite beautiful. It’s entirely in English and Leehom really shines here and he gives the much needed emotion. It’s a solid ending track for sure. Sounds like a cover to be honest.
Overall: This album is definitely better than his last two. It starts off rather strong with the first few tracks, but then gets into some average and not that great tunes right after. It’s a bit unfortunate, but at least there were a few more interesting songs on here. My biggest issue with this album is still the production because compared to other albums from this era, it feels much less polished in terms of arrangement and style.