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Seiko. (Rock Steady).

Area 62

Flora Records

Japanese pop star Seiko has endured three decades of musical trends in her country, not unlike Madonna in the United States. Because of her perseverance and evolving looks, the J-pop industry often considers her their very own Vogue goddess. She has supposedly even inspired millions by presenting an image of a successful and ambitious career woman.

Re-inventing herself seems a natural progression. Beginning in the early 1980s, Seiko sang modest, wholesome songs a la Helen Reddy in her native language. For a handful of years now, Seiko's sound has recalled sweaty Gay Pride dance-floor spunk -- pop-driven, with plenty of electronic sequencing.

On Area 62 (a strange nod to Area 51), Seiko thematically explores love, strength and self-exploration. Though it may cater to an American audience -- with 11 of the 13 recordings in English -- the disc holds plenty of universal appeal.

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Author:Alber, Rebecca Jane
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Oct 1, 2002
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