GIRL NEXT DOOR – Drive away / 幸福の条件 [2nd Single]

October 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm (GIRL NEXT DOOR) (, )

GIRL NEXT DOOR’s 2nd single, entitled Drive away / 幸福の条件, was released on 10.08.08. The single comes as the 2nd of the group’s three monthly consecutive releases.

Drive away is an uptempo light-hearted dance song. The song starts off with an enjoyable and cool instrumental that takes on a more dance route than the group previously did and once the first verse comes in, the atmosphere takes on a cute feeling. It’s kind of a let down from the previous sleek instrumental but Chisa’s vocals are nice here and work with the music well. On the chorus, the listener’s attention is taken again as that dance feeling comes back strongly and Chisa provides a little more vocal strength. The title of the song stands out nicely in the chorus as well. As always, the pure instrumental section stands out and makes a nice re-entrance for Chisa. The group definitely takes the fun dance direction in their hands to make Drive away a very memorable song.

The other A-side, 幸福の条件, is an addictive fun number. Opening the song is a fun instrumental that just screams electric energy before the first verse comes in. This time the aggression in the instrumental stays and Chisa’s vocals perfectly move with the music, thus drawing the listener so easily. On the chorus, there is a light atmosphere but the music stays like it did before to make sure the listener does not get lost. Once again, the pure instrumental section is addictive, having its building moments as well. This song is a fantastic one and the group’s most memorable song to date.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Drive away was made. The video centers around a school and features Chisa doing some very good dancing. Although it does feel a little cheesy at points, it’s a nice video that fits with the sweet atmosphere of the song.

Single Ranking: A

GIRL NEXT DOOR stepped it up from their last single, ditching the rock sounds for a more electric dance sound. Both songs show just how versatile the group is as they transition from their last single to this one with perfect ease. Chisa’s vocals are continuously strong on both songs and the aggression that stays in the music on 幸福の条件 makes it the superior track although Drive away is nothing to skip over.


  1. Karen said,

    took me a while to differentiate the difference between Drive away & 幸福の条件 but at least right now , I know how each of them differ , music wise . Gonna wait for the OS press to be released so that once that’s done , I will get a copy of it

  2. amaiyume said,

    yeah I know what you mean. They do kinda have similar sounds and at first I thought they were gonna be too similar but I think the agressive instrumental that persisted in Shiawase no Jouken [I’m not sure if I got the title right hehe] caught my attention :))

    Are you going to be collecting GIRL NEXT DOOR singles??? That’ll be good to start early on 🙂 I think I’ll wait until the album to see if I really do like this group and then go from there!

  3. Karen said,

    well I already have the OS press of their debut single . I’m going to get the OS press of this one real soon in time to come & yes you got that right , Shiawase no Jouken’s the title of their 2nd A-side . Their next single’s another double A-side again Jounetsu no Daishou / ESCAPE which surprises me .

    I hope they wouldn’t pull a BREAKERZ & put out 3 straight double a-sides together at 1 shot O_O

  4. amaiyume said,

    I only like double A-sides when both songs are awesome, i.e. Kumi but there can’t be a lot of them or it mucks up the album. I guess like Hikki since she did 2 double A-sides and one regular for HEART STATION and that was an awesome album 🙂

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