Taiwanese singer Tai Ai-ling is best known for her torch songs that plumb the depths of emotional misery.
She says that on past tracks such as Tone and Boiling, she "would cry while recording".
She adds: "Once that happens, I can't continue. In recent years, though, I'm better able to control my emotions."
The 35-year-old was in Singapore recently to promote her new album Distance Of Love.
In person, she exudes a cheery rocker vibe. Wearing a cropped black jacket over a print T-shirt, ripped denim shorts, black leggings and blinged out teal-coloured heels, she could have fooled you into forgetting that bittersweet ballads are her calling card.
She says of her seventh album: "This is closer to my own personality. In the past, listeners might have the impression that I would often shoot for the high notes or go for numbers that aim for the tear ducts."
The album, released in Taiwan in May, debuted at the top of the G-Music album chart.
Tai also shows a sexier side in the music video for Awaken.
There are several scenes of her in figure- hugging sleepwear and she even locks lips with the male lead, an unknown artist.
She says: "Even my mother asked me about the kissing scene several times because I'm from the Paiwan tribe and we're quite conservative."
Her mother ended up hiding at home in the hills when the video first aired in order to avoid embarrassing questions.
Did Tai's boyfriend object? "Which one?," she shoots back playfully.
While she has been attached in the past, she is currently single.
She has a few considerations in mind when it comes to her ideal other half.
"Firstly, he must be kind. Also, he must be filial because family is very important to me. He must also be able to accept and understand my work," she says.
While her two younger brothers are married with children, she herself is in no hurry to get hitched.
She points out: "I still have so many things I want to accomplish."