By Matt Taylor
It’s been a long four years for fans of Mandopop superwoman Jolin Tsai 蔡依林. Although she’s been keeping herself busy by dropping the occasional single whilst in interim, the last time Jolin truly commanded our attention was with 2014’s commercial blockbuster PLAY, which was packed with bulletproof hits and elevated her to a new career peak. With expectations so high, it’s perhaps not so surprising that she took her time in preparing a follow up.
Thankfully, the wait is finally over. As 2018 was drawing to an end, Jolin finally unleashed her 14th studio album UGLY BEAUTY 怪美的, smashing pre-order and sales records in the process. But the question is: does it live up to the hype?