GIRL NEXT DOOR: Jounetsu no Daishou/ESCAPE

Jounetsu no Daishou, GIRL NEXT DOOR1. Jounetsu no Daishou

2. ESCAPE

3. Jounetsu no Daishou (Shinichi no Osawa Remix)

3. Jounetsu no Daishou (icre cream mix)

Jounetsu no Daishou/ESCAPE is GIRL NEXT DOOR’s third single, released on November 19th, 2008.

Ending their GIRL NEXT DOOR era, the band gives us their best single yet, the catchy Jounetsu no Daishou (the price of love). It’s an interesting mix of techno and pop, much like their other two singles, but this time perfectly executed. The only problem with this song is that is sounds exactly like Guuzen no Kakuritsu with a piano and a more solid beat. In fact, they probably recycled the same melody of added a few things. Otherwise, it’s their best song yet.

ESCAPE has a similar problem, sounding like a blend of Guuzen no Kakuritsu and Drive Away. And those annoying vocals from Drive Away are back. Oh gosh. Well, besides that, it makes for a pretty good A-Side, even though here, too, the melody is pretty much like every GIRL NEXT DOOR song.

Ah… they won’t stop persisting with their damned remixes. And dear God, they’ve really done it this time. Or rather Shinichi Osawa has. What’s the point of completely flushing out the lyrics and making them sound horrible by cutting the lyrics every two-three seconds? The instrumentals toward the middle aren’t bad, but this sounds like some amateur trying to be Yasutaka Nakata.

The ice cream mix does mess the song up, but not as much as Shinichi Osawa did. The beginning was ridiculous, but it does get better throughout the rest of the song. Still, I don’t think this band should be doing full-blown techno songs. At all. Their area is pop, and it should stay that way. Every time, my rating gets dragged down by these really bad remixes, and it’s going to happen again.

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