Pop star's sub-par comeback

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 May, 2009, 12:00am

Those who have spent the last year and a half eagerly awaiting the new Jolin Tsai Yi-lin record might be disappointed by her new album.

Tsai has been in the entertainment field for more than 10 years. She successfully developed her dance queen image and became one of Taiwan's top singers.

Tsai's recent transfer to Warner Music gave fans high expectations of a new direction and musical breakthroughs. But on this record, Tsai is the same old Tsai, and offers no surprises.

The two up-beat songs, Butterfly and Real Man, are typical Tsai tracks. They have enjoyable, easy-to-learn melodies, so are perfect for karaoke. Some of the love ballads are fairly enjoyable. On Compromise, Tsai sounds like she did when she first started out with the fantastically memorable songs of her early albums, such as Are You Happy?

But the other songs have no character or individuality. No matter how many times you listen to them, you'll still find them hard to remember.

Although she offers nothing particularly new in terms of music, Tsai stretches herself to the limit to produce the best possible music videos, even learning ballet for the Butterfly video. If the Taiwanese singer puts as much effort into her singing, her next album could be a real hit.