Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" yet again has people asking "how did she get away with this?"

With "Telephone", we had all thought that Lady Gaga's onscreen eroticism would never reach the same level again. With the new music video of "Alejandro", Lady Gaga has proved us all wrong.

The video, which is embedded above, contains a number of never before seen Gaga fantasies, be that fetishes, including a number of gay men with hitleresque hair styles. Needless to say, Alejandro is perhaps one of the most theatrical, but certainly the most edgy video Gaga has created yet.

MTV appeared to be fairly pleased with Gaga's effort in this video:

Of course, in working with acclaimed fashion photographer (and proud outsider) Steven Klein, Gaga has created a world that, while oppressive, also looks great. There's art in nearly every frame, and Klein's eye brings to mind the work of Tarsem (R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," if you're keeping score), particularly in the way he photographs the still scenes: placing actors just so, moving an elbow here or a chin there, getting the angles and the lighting just right ... there are shots here that look as if they were ripped from the wall of a gallery.
The fashion runs the gamut from Steam Punk-lite (check Gaga's goggles), to S&M, not to mention a few scenes in which LG is dressed as a (sort of) nun. As she told Larry King last week, there's also a "homoerotic military theme" to the thing - though most of said military attire seems to have been influenced (again) by German soldiers, this time from the Nazi era. It's all fabulously decadent, yet in keeping with the feel of the clip, oddly restrained ... well, except for the part where she's wearing a bra with assault-rifle barrels attached to it. (She is, after all, still Lady Gaga.)
This wasn't the only good review, however - Pop culture blogger Jared Eng reportedly called the video 'epic' - I don't know of the context, which could mean anything.
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