Following the success of his debut album "Learning to love", soon-to-be prolific singer-songwriter Eric Chou has now followed up two years later with his second album, aptly named "What love has taught us". Ever the sensitive type, Chou's music is greatly influenced by some of the best balladeers of our generation, namely the likes of Jay Chou and Wang Leehom. As such, it is easy to mistake him for just another ballad-singing idol. But as he's shown from his chart-topping success from the get-go, Eric is much more than just that. And although the theme of his second album "What love has taught us" seems to just be a marketing gimmick, tacked on to enjoy the success of his previous album, I really do feel that the take-home message from his newest album emulated his growth as a person and as a musician over the past few years.
His first single from his previous album "以後別做朋友 In the future let's not be friends" was bittersweet in its rawness, but rather half-baked in its formulation. This was what I presumed to be the work of someone with talent pure and raw, but not yet completely schooled in the slick profession of music production. But after gaining a couple high-profile gigs, like writing songs for label mates Rosie Yang, A-Lin and Eve Ai, Chou has shown his clout as a songwriter and singer; his velveteen vocals catching in the throat of many a pre-pubescent high-schooler.