Matsuda Seiko – North Wind

Shiroi Koibito
2.5
Hanadokei Saita
2.5
North Wind
2.5
Fuyu no Album
2.5
Kaze wa Aki Iro
2.5
Only My Love
3.5
Eighteen
2.5
Winter Garden
2.5
Shinayaka na Yoru
3.5

thoughts. B.
I’m pleasantly surprised with Seiko Matsuda’s second album North Wind. I don’t remember liking it this much when I first listened to it, that’s why I’m glad I always re-listen to them before I review them. With that said even though I gave the majority of the tracks on here a fair rating, they were still nice. I give 3’s to songs that stand out, or really stick with me, so if a song get’s a two it doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t a good song. Seiko’s voice was really nice on this album. I thought her voice was tragically mediocre on her debut, but this time around it’s so pleasant. The stand out track on this album is Only My Love, it was quite good and that note toward the end gave me life. I also enjoyed Shinayaka na Yoru, a slow burn of a ballad, but she sung it well and with emotion. I hope the rest will play this well, because I honestly wasn’t feeling her earlier albumsyet the deeper I go through her disco the more I get why she was so huge in the 80’s and 90’s.

  • favorite track – Only My Love
    least favorite track – North Wind
    guilty pleasure track – Winter Garden
    under-rated track – Shinayaka no Yoru

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Matsuda Seiko – SQUALL

~Minami Taiheiyou~ Samba no Kaori
2.5
Blue Angel
2.5
SQUALL
2.5
Tropical Hero
2.5
Hadashi no Kisetsu
2.5
Cool Gang
2.5
Aoi Sangoshou
2.5
Kugatsu no Yuugure
2.5
Shiosai
2.5

thoughts. C.
Seiko Matsuda’s debut album SQUALL is pretty uneventful. This is one of those albums in which I come across that I neither like or dislike I just feel like it’s OK, I guess. I don’t know how I feel about Seiko because I always feel indifferent after listening to her albums. She’s the Forever Idol, but her voice is incredibly mediocre to me. It’s not bad, I’ve heard worse and it’s not even one of those voices that’s an acquired taste, it’s just bland and can be nice depending on what song it is and how she is singing it. SQUALL is very forgettable. I won’t say it’s bad ’cause the songs are decent for the time period they were released in (early 80’s) and the sound Seiko was going for. It’s more like lukewarm water, kinda not what I was aiming for; I wanted my water to be a little warmer, but whatever.

  • favorite track – Shiosai
    least favorite track – Cool Gang
    guilty pleasure track – Blue Angel
    under-rated track – Tropical Hero

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