Friday, April 30th, 2010

Christina Aguilera, "Not Myself Tonight"

Perhaps emboldened by the Internet's more lax standards regarding swearing and simulated sex, the blustery songbird Christina Aguilera has returned to her hypersexualized "Dirrty" mode with the Hype Williams-directed video for her stridently club-ready comeback effort "Not Myself Tonight." There is lapdancing, orgiastic throbbing that would make Paula Abdul blush, unbleeped usage of the word "fuck," and clear homages to at least three videos from the past: Madonna's "Express Yourself" (which was itself inspired by Metropolis); Madge's stark episode of Kinky Hollywood Squares "Human Nature"; and George Michael's "Freedom 90". These throwbacky reference points would seem odd for a record that has been hyped to death as having semi-bleeding-edge types like M.I.A. and Le Tigre among its collaborators, but maybe the "modern" bit is supposed to be the part where she pours liquid latex all over herself?

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It's too quiet in my office to blast the audio right now, but the visuals take my mind off the oil spill.

Matt (#26)

Is this supposed to feel like the "Weird" Al version of "Human Nature" that never was? Because it casts that vibe quite well!!

NicFit (#616)

Sex offender week continues…

LondonLee (#922)

It's Madonna's world, we're just living in it.

As they said back in the 80s: nice video, shame about the song. I've forgotten it already.

riggssm (#760)

I'm all of 32, and felt old because I "got" every one of those references from when they were referenced the last time by Madonna.

Rod T (#33)


irishbreakfast (#4,123)

That's probably why Bobby Jindal produced it–it all makes sense now.

shawno (#4,694)

Think one of those get-ups was inspired by ICP. Xtina's gone juggalette.

riggssm (#760)

The song wins with me for "best use of auto-tune to deliberately and ironically inform the audience that the artist got lost trying to find the note."

1:99 through 2:04

balsa_wood (#465)

1. Yet again squandering the promise of "Ain't No Other Man." Too bad.

2. For all its effort, a remarkably generic (and sexless) video. All the stupid referencing makes it that much more forgettable.

3. And sorry for the geek out, but: they shot in standard definition? Weird. If it's supposed to be another "throwback" element, give me a break.

I'll just go ahead and blame Gaga for all this.

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