Jyonetsu no Daisho / ESCAPE

Jyonetsu no Daisho / ESCAPE was GIRL NEXT DOOR’s 3rd single. It was released on November 19, 2008 and reached no. 3 on the Oricon Charts with 22,117 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 28,433+ copies. And according to Billboard Japan, this single reached no. 1 on the Hot Airplay charts. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Giragira. This was also the final single in the GIRL NEXT DOOR Era.

Jyonetsu no Daisho / ESCAPE - GIRL NEXT DOOR

1. Jyonetsu no Daisho
3. Jyonetsu no Daisho (Shinichi Osawa Remix)
4. Jyonetsu no Daisho (ice cream mix)

Their last release sounded so similar to their debut single but with Jyonetsu no Daisho lit. Compensation of Passion, GND has taken their music to a whole new level. Although the music is primarily pop, this song is quite different. There’s more of a synth quality to the music and it sounds almost like a ballad with the keyboard playing, except for the guitar. But like all of their music, there are some great beats present mostly some drums I guess. And the climax is a guitar as usual, but that doesn’t really bother me. Instead, the chorus is so different. It sounds almost magical with the beautiful, crisp vocals and a beautiful melody. It’s hard to describe, there’s just something different to it than their other works. Thankfully just like their previous works, it is infectious and memorable, yet this song is a more mature. This is one of their defining songs for sure.

Just like the previous song, ESCAPE is a little different from its predecessors. Besides having some strings and some intense drums, this song is quite unique. It seems to diverge a little from their conventional music just a bit, I mean the main instruments are the same but the feel is completely different. There’s a bit more variety and it doesn’t rely on the guitar to provide for a blaring sound. The opening is basically a ballad, very classical with the strings and the vocals are incredible and strong. There are some strong synth/electronic elements present though. The melody is pretty catchy, and it’s original, it doesn’t sound similar at all to their previous works luckily. It just seemed more beautiful than their other material.

The Shinichi Osawa Remix shakes things up a bit. I think I remember hearing that this remix was produced by Yasutaka Nakata, so it’s obvious that there are a lot of distortions and techno/electronic beats and music. And that’s what it basically is, sadly it really killed the song. The songs been lengthened and the music is pretty slow, it’s a depressing remix sadly.

It’s the infamous ice cream mix next! I’m not sure whether or not it’s just for the first three singles but it’s been on all of them so far. The remixes usually add some distortions and some techno/dance beats, which they have in this song. And it’s been lengthened. The keyboard also plays a bigger role along with the synth elements. Sadly it’s a little annoying.

Overall Review: Jyonetsu no Daisho / ESCAPE was mature divergence! GIRL NEXT DOOR keeps getting better. They’re done it again with this single. Not only is a different and unique from their previous singles, but it’s more mature and profound. They’re beginning to develop more of their own sound and diverge a bit from their pop roots. What a beautiful ending to the GIRL NEXT DOOR Era.

Final Grade: 96A


2 Responses to “Jyonetsu no Daisho / ESCAPE”
  1. glassmask says:

    i am looking forward to their upcoming album~

    wait…isnt it the 24th in japan? so it released alreadi!

    are u going to review their album???

    merry xmas~

  2. Die says:

    of course, already got the album, i’ve currently reviewing ai’s album, ayu’s days / greens (just waiting for scans before publishing), kuu’s stay with me, and to finish up van’s singles and begin the album review. so expect the album maybe the 4th of january or so, I’d review it sooner but I’ll be gone for a while starting on the 26th. but i’ll post some stuff if possible.

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