Makihara Noriyuki Built the Last Monument
Released on Oct. 25, 1996
Warner Music Japan
06. I need you. （ALBUM VERSION）
09. THE END OF THE WORLD
11. LOVE LETTER
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Makihara Noriyuki is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter who made his debut in 1990. Next year when he was 21 years old, Makihara released his third single “Don-na Tokimo (Anytime)” in 1991 June. That made a surprising hit and led him to stardom, as he was invited to an annual music show on New Year's Eve produced by NHK in the end of 1991.
1992, his popularity was not so cooled, and his fifth single “Mou Koi Nante Shinai (Never Fall in Love Again)” became a big hit, too. Both in name and reality, Makihara Noriyuki was admitted into the brotherhood of Japanese popular singers.
But the success did not bring Makihara Noriyuki to a right place. Many came close to him; a famous musician, just like ants swarmed about a sweet candy. He had to repeat going with them and separating many times over, which made him pretty disappointed.
Naturally, the record company pressed him for making next hit songs one after another. Makihara Noriyuki was originally fond of music, respecting Sakamoto Ryuichi, Yamashita Tatsuro, Oe Senri, and other popular artists. It is said, however, he was about to dislike and throw away what he had loved most.
Makihara Noriyuki tried to build up his own monument before leaving music. Then, he made and released his seventh studio album “Underwear” in 1996. The twelve songs still vividly show his then resolution and culmination. On Oricon Weekly Chart, it got the second place.
Let me give you fair warning that Makihara Noriyuki is still in the field and has kept making pop songs. Perhaps “Underwear” means his immature spirit to himself today. But the resolution was true and it still sounds fine.
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