Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” music video — the third visual from her million selling album Born This Way – arrived last night and as always it’s epic.
Surprisingly this video is totally different in a way that it’s less provocative and more intimate. While we were used to be transported in her serial killer fantasy like in “Telephone” video, or surrexposed to a provocative style mixing religion, sex and redemption in “Judas” video; the singer now takes a new step.
In “The Edge of Glory” she is not surronded by dancers as provocative as she is. Her only companion is the now-ailing E Street Band saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. She definitely makes a return to the basics bringing us to the streets like in “LoveGame” video. However this time, she takes for inspiration the 80s. The style is definitely retro and the references are well…obvious. Her fire-escape gymnastics evokes Madonna while her little move before removing her sunglasses is definitely a tip of the hat to Michael Jackson. The whole video seems like a play on MJ’s macho-posturing video for the ”The Way You Make Me Feel” and a take you to the enlightened streets “Billie Jean”.
I am still wondering what is her posture on the floor in a cross position about? Another reference to her faith for God? Or an edgy reference to Flash dance?
Have a look at what the press has to say about it.
The Wall Street Journal : “It feels like a throwback to the videos of the mid-1980s, and the song includes a thumping drum machine to go with the theme.”
Us Magazine: “The clip lacks the usual choreography, elaborate mythology or multiple costume changes typical to Gaga’s epic productions.”
What do you think about the video?