Gaga's "little monsters" (the name she gives her worshiping fans) went nuts yesterday with the debut of her new video, "Alejando." Her website went down because it couldn't handle all of the traffic, and eventually, her fans managed to crash Twitter due to over capacity. I finally managed to watch the video today, and while it is beautifully shot, I thought the concept on the whole was a bit disappointing. "Little monsters" aside, I think others seem to be having the same reaction. Before I go any further, have a look at her video to make up your own mind-
The whole video just screams Madonna to me! You've got the rosary beads, the cross, the fire burning in the background, the whole black and white look of "Vogue" and even Gaga's dance steps outfit and dance sequence is very, very Vogue-ish. I think Gaga is a great performer and obviously changes her image constantly to receive the most amount of press and constantly play up her shock value. But having said that, we've already seen her down to her underwear and gyrate with both sexes way too many times for it to be shocking anymore. And when it comes to this video, haven't we seen Madonna do all of this and more many, many times before? Lady Gaga and her most annoying fan and champion, Perez Hilton have recently spearheaded bad press aimed towards Christina Aguillera, claiming she is copying Gaga in her latest single. Perez, who is famous for nicknaming celebs on his blog, has even begun to call her "Clonetina" to drive home the point. But isn't this video quite a rip off as well?
Controversy aside, I think the video has been beautifully shot by photographer extraordinaire Steven Klein. You've definitely seen a lot of Steven's work on the covers of Vogue and W, and I think he's done an amazing job on this video too. Below are a few of his most recognizable shots-
I love his work... so recognizable, yet so different. Am hoping he does a lot more videos for different performers in the future.