Mystery (Faye Wong album)

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Mystery ()
Studio album by Faye Wong
Released April 1994
Genre Mandopop
Length 42:21
Label Cinepoly
Producer Yangming Huang, Stanley Leung (co-producer)
Faye Wong chronology
Like Wind
(1993)
Mystery
(1994)
Faye Disc
(1994)

Mystery[1][2] (alternatively Riddle)[3] is the translated title of a 1994 Mandarin album (pinyin: ) recorded by Chinese singer Faye Wong as 'Wong Ching Man' when she was based in Hong Kong.[4]

Although she had included a few Mandarin Chinese songs in her 1993 albums No Regrets and 100,000 Whys, Mystery was her first album recorded entirely in Mandarin rather than the Hong Kong majority dialect of Cantonese. The first track "I'm Willing" (or "I Do") was an instant hit single, and the album brought Wong to fame across the region of East Asia.[5] The track "Cold War" is a cover of Tori Amos's "Silent All These Years"; Wong had already scored a hit with her Cantonese version of this song, which had been included in her 1993 album 100,000 Whys.[2]

Despite the inclusion of Mandarin versions of that and other Cantonese songs, Mystery was a huge hit, selling over 800,000 in Taiwan alone.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Unofficial translation Length
1. "我願意(管弦樂版)" (Wǒ Yuànyì (Guǎnxiányuè Bǎn)) "I'm Willing (Orchestral Version)" 4:30
2. "執迷不悔" (Zhí Mí Bù Huǐ) "No Regrets"[n 1] 5:24
3. "變幻的世界在轉" (Biànhuàn de Shìjiè Zài Zhuǎn) "A Changeful World Is Turning" 4:08
4. "軟弱" (Ruǎnruò) "Weak" 4:25
5. "我願意(弦樂版)" (Wǒ Yuànyì (Xián Yuè Bǎn)) "I'm Willing (Acoustic Version)" 2:39
6. "沈醉" (Chénzuì) "Drunk"[n 2] 4:13
7. "冷戰" (Lěngzhàn) "Cold War"[n 3] 4:10
8. "心太野" (Xīntài Yě) "Wild at Heart" 5:00
9. "只願為你守著約" (Zhǐ Yuàn Wéi Nǐ Shǒuzhe Yuē) "I Only Want to Keep A Promise to You" 4:18
10. "只有我自己" (Zhǐyǒu Wǒ Zìjǐ) "By Myself" 3:29
Notes
  1. ^ This is a remixed version of the track originally included on the album of the same name
  2. ^ Mandarin version of "Summer of Love", originally included on 100,000 Whys
  3. ^ Mandarin version of the track of the same name, originally included on 100,000 Whys

"Wo Yuanyi"[edit]

The first track "Wo Yuanyi" was covered in English by Lene Marlin in 2005,[6] in Japanese by JAYWALK in 2002,[7] and in Korean by Seomoon Tak in 2004.[8] It was featured in the following films: Loving Him (2002), Just Another Pandora's Box (2010), Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011), and I Do (2012), among others.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shane Homan, Access All Eras: Tribute Bands and Global Pop Culture, 2006, p219. "Fung and Curtin (2002) have provided a reasonably comprehensive overview of Faye Wong's career up to 2001, ... song entitled 'Weak', with lyrics by Pan Li Yu, also about a relationship break-up, was included on her 1994 album Mystery."
  2. ^ a b c Chan, Boon (28 October 2011). "Faye's back". The Straits Times (Singapore). p. C2. 
  3. ^ Billboard - 1994 4 30 p65 "FAYE WONG - RIDDLE Cinepoly"
  4. ^ Anthony Fung and Michael Curtin, “The Anomalies of Being Faye (Wong): Gender Politics in Chinese Popular Music,” International Journal of Cultural Studies 5, no. 3 (September 2002) - album not mentioned by name -
  5. ^ Asia's pop queen unruffled by media glare at the Wayback Machine (archived October 3, 2002) Reuters, Feb 17, 1999. Republished by fan site. Retrieved 2009-10-31. The article translated the album title as Getting Lost.
  6. ^ Marlin's English version, "Still Here", is included as a bonus track in many Asian editions of her 2005 album Lost in a Moment. A music video is also available on DVD.
  7. ^ JAYWALK's Japanese version, "Ikanaide" (いかないで), is included in their 2002 album Asia.
  8. ^ Seomoon Tak's Korean version, "Geudaemyeon geudae hanamyeon" (그대면 그대 하나면), is included in her 2004 album Now Here Vol. 4 (서문탁 4집).