Noriyuki Makihara is a Japanese Singer/Songwriter, born on May 18th 1969 in Osaka, Japan. He began his professional musical carrier in 1990 with the Album 「君が笑うとき 君の胸が痛まないように」 Altough it wasn’t an instant hit (#48) , it charted for a long 33 weeks and went selling more than 200,000 copies. His debut single 「どんなときも。」was a HUGE HIT in Japan. It Topped the Oricon Charts and sold more than 1,700,000 copies , making it his best selling single to Date. Makihara continued his carrier releasing Hit after Hit such as the Hit Single 「もう恋なんてしない」 & the Hit Album 「Listen To The Music」 which sold 3 Million copies approx. Makihara also wrote lots of songs for other artists including SMAP’s miliion selling single 「Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana」.
GREEN DAYS is Noriyuki Makihara’s 34th(?) single and it was released on August 15t. It hit the number 3 on the Oricon Charts and sold 30,000 copies in one week and a total of 42,000 copies in the second week (still charting). This single marks Noriyuki Makihara’s 1st single single in 2007… and what a comeback!
GREEN DAYS is a Pop/Rock song. It kicks off with a great upbeat melody that slows down taking you to the verses… Makihara’s vocals are OUTSTANDING! I love his voice!! It’s neither an Old Geezer voice nor a softy teen ager voice that you usually hear while listening to JE groups. Actually, his voice is one of the BEST voices I’ve heard by a Japanese Male Vocalist. The Chorus is very catchy too, his vocals get even stronger in that part.
Rating: 9/10 ( I admit I overrated the song :P)
the second track どんなときも。’07 , is a 2007 version of his Hit song どんなときも。 which has sold 1.7 Million copies as I stated previously. This song is more laid back, Makihara’s vocals are as great as the previous track. The Chorus is very catchy & very relaxing too. I Loved the Post-Chorus parts, they sound lovely ;p
GREEN DAY is one of 2007’s best singles, (2007 which hasn’t been very generous in terms of GOOD SINGLES by the way
unlike that past years especially 2005)..
The whole combination of the single is very good, It mixes old with modern sounds, it’s very pleasant
very relaxing & very enjoyable too.
I’d recommend this single for anyone seeking a High Quality song whatever were his preferences!