Taiwanese singer-songwriter Cheer Chan has been queen of the Chinese indie folk-pop scene since her 1998 debut album. Her latest offering Cheer comprises 15 of her best songs. The album opens with the refreshing Cafe in September, which shows Chan at her best. Accompanied by acoustic guitars, Chan's sweet voice and girlish lyrics convey a feeling of tenderness and innocence. Chan, who studied philosophy at university, is also something of a poet. Her lyrics, compared with most smug and shallow Canto-pop love ballads, are sophisticated. The lyrics of Will You Regret and Please Tell Me are beautiful odes. In addition to her talents, Chan's success owes much to her producer, who refines her songs with meticulous care. The cello in Jealously and the bongos in Let Me Think are masterstrokes of music arrangement. Chan is more than just Taiwan's answer to Jewel. She is tonic for anyone weary of the empty pop music so prevalent today.