I do not know if this is a comparison that works, having never seen Drive (Is albino Tom Cruise a prominent character, for example?), but it is a wonderful form of critique, especially to these weary, 1.16am eyes.
I find Drive to be visually hypnotic and cinematically captivating, but also would go as far a to say that it delivers a rather patchy story, which is probably the reason why I like it, apart from Gosling’s performance.
I think the music and Gosling acting give away the liminal core of the movie: The unnamed protagonist is a robot, a terminator (at least in an ontological sense) roaming the pre-everything streets of L.A.’s future-present. So Drive is basically a closet masterpiece of mundane SF.