Last night, during the US broadcast of So You Think You Can Dance?, Lady Gaga released a new music video for her newest single The Edge of Glory. For weeks, people have been clamoring for the release of what was believed to be Gaga’s latest music video opus … and last night, that anticipation was put to rest. Unlike Gaga’s previous videos which are elaborate and expensive-looking, this video for Glory pales in comparison … hopefully by design. Click below to check out the video in full and see for yourselves.
IMHO, this very understated video seems odd for Gaga. There are, literally, only 3 scenes in this entire video … Gaga hanging out on a fire escape, Gaga walking down the sidewalk and Gaga hanging out on front door stoop with saxophonist Clarence Clemmons (who looks like he’s asleep in half of his scenes). While we usually get million dollar plus music video extravaganzas, this time we get what can only be described as very bare bones video. It wasn’t even filmed on a real NYC street … IMHO, even the fake NYC set looks cheap. Naturally, I’m going to get slammed as a “hater” or whatever but I know I am not the only one out there completely underwhelmed by this very simple music video. My guess is that simplicity is exactly what Gaga was going for … otherwise, the only other explanation is that her music video budget has already been exhausted for the year. That being said … I suppose this video shows a refreshing side to Lady Gaga, one that we don’t usually get to see. Most times, the over-the-top nature of her expensive music videos tend to be the sole focus (when, in my opinion, the music should be the star). It would seem that Gaga is trying to show that she can also work on a budget. I suppose in these tough economic times, that trait should be applauded? I dunno. I’m curious to hear what y’all think? Are you impressed by this music video?