City Pop, the optimistic disco of 1980s Japan, finds a new young crowd in the West
January 11, 2019 at 1:09PM
Despite the decline of the genre in which she became a star, Anri has continued to thrive in Japan—since 1978, she's averaged roughly an album per year (many City Pop fans consider her best work to be the superbly breezy 1983 release Timely!!, which is like a blueprint for the genre's aesthetic). But while Westerners might have seen her sing the theme for the closing ceremony of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, or noticed her partnership with Grammy-winning American jazz-fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour (which began with her 2002 record Smooth Jam—Quiet Storm), she's hardly well-known outside her homeland.