Christina Aguilera’s new video debuted last night and is already being roundly dismissed as trite and derivative. My buddy Matthew Rettenmund at Boy Culture:
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,” “Express Yourself” and “Erotica.” A mess.
Rettenmund is the author of The Encyclopedia Madonnica.