American-Taiwanese singer Alisa Galper has just released her self-titled debut album after 17 months of hard work. She made a name for herself after taking part in One Million Star, a Taiwanese TV singing competition, in 2007. Galper's unique voice and western singing style, along with her good looks, made her stand out from other female stars. She has been given a Chinese name, Gao Yi-ai, to boost her popularity in Taiwan. The album contains 12 songs - three in English and the rest in Mandarin. Galper's version of Hound Dog, a blues number made famous by Elvis Presley, is inspiring and shows her versatility. She handles the English songs well compared to other Taiwanese singers, partly because of her American background. But there is room for improvement on her Mandarin tracks. She brings a western feel to the songs, which is refreshing, but her pronunciation hasn't improved much since she first appeared on the scene. At times, it is hard to understand the lyrics, which can be disappointing. For a debut album, Alisa is nothing more than average.