Christina Aguilera is a great singer but a lame artist—that's always been my take. Her new video doesn't do anything to disavow me of this notion. I already don't like "Not Myself Tonight"—it's a throwaway club track that sounds dated—but the video reeks of desperation.
I realize GaGa does videos that go over the top, but I think when she does it there is a clear sense of purpose, even if the actual purpose is often difficult to sense! Christina's video feels like a GaGa rip-off in structure, and uncomfortably quotes from Madonna throughout (though the opening frames really remind me of Annie Lennox's jerky head movements in "Missionary Man"), including homages to "Human Nature," "Erotica" and "Express Yourself."
A mess. She does have hot guys. And at least she looks beautiful, with the exception of her pendulous fake titties, which look like second cousins twice removed. And unlike Madonna on all of her recent videos save for "4 Minutes", she tried.
By the way, Miley Cyrus's new single is also a mess, but then I am so NOT a fan of defensive, self-referential, fame's-a-bitch songs ("Human Nature" included). It sounds like Adam Lambert's annoying "For Your Entertainment" meets, again, Lady GaGa (vocally) and Britney Spears (it's remarkably similar to "Radar" and Madonna's "Revolver"). She's a sweetheart and points for branching out, but I don't see what adults get from cheering on yet another girl going from sweet to sticky using yet another song like this to do it.
Of course, Miley's the girl of the moment, so her fans will eat it up and quite a few adults will convince themselves they're on board, too. Rinse, repeat.