Girl Next Door

Be Your Wings/Friendship/Wait for You [DVD]

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AllMusic Review by Adam Greenberg

In the tradition of other synth-heavy pop trios on Avex, Girl Next Door fuses high-energy stereotypical J-Pop with a strong dose of synthesizers, Casio keyboard sounds, and rumbling backing beats. Vocalist Chisa, while relatively powerful for her subgenre, takes a particularly kittenish approach to her delivery, leaving the listener with the sense of something particularly stereotypical; like theme music to an old Japanese cartoon, as it were. The second track, "Friendship," hints at being something more modern in its introduction -- a bit of contemporary electronica. However, the tone quickly reverts back to the same sort of rambling nostalgia as the title track. A dated electric guitar (courtesy of Day After Tomorrow's Yuji Inoue) dominates "Wait for You," and a dance remix of Girl Next Door's first hit finally pulls the mini-album into the contemporary era thanks to DJ Ferry Corsten. The album closes out with an instrumental of the title track, and an included DVD provides some music videos for the group's true fans. The music never really gets off the ground when the members of Girl Next Door are working on it alone, but with some additional compositional help, interesting things can happen.