Crisp N' Fresh: Experience "I Think I've Seen This Before" Syndrome With Lady GaGa's 'Alejandro'

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Homage or copy cat-ism? That is up for debate as you view the eight minute highly anticipated visual for Lady GaGa's "Alejandro" which clearly looks fashionably, choreographically and photogenically like a mash-up of all of Madonna's very best video moments. Hate to sound a bit nit-picky, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...it's a duck. Daffy. Howard. Duckie from Pretty in Pink. Duck.

The erotic military workout that cross references into ideals of Catholicism and resisting temptation does bite the bill off of some of Madonna's most iconic videos such as "Express Yourself", "Vogue", "Erotica" and "American Life". It's almost to the point where things like the men in fishnets and coned machine gun bra, stick out and you're playing in a game show called: Name That Madonna Video! Not that I don't admire the effort and captivating powers that Lady GaGa has put forth in the video for the highly glossed and stylized visual (because let's face it, nobody is making highly budgeted videos that make you drop everything to view), just that GaGa has embellished on ideas already put forth and it just feels like déjà vu, not anything remotely inspired. On the plus side, "Alejandro" remains to catch me into singing the chorus, so GaGa still has me there.

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