Lady Gaga‘s video “Yoü and I,” set to premiere Thursday at 7:49PM as an MTV First presentation, surfaced today, possibly leaked by Gaga herself. Her three tweets “F—K,” “THURS,” and “DAY,” (meeting the quota to fulfill he promise that the “Yoü and I” video would be her 1,000th tweet,) popped up just after 12:00 p.m. ET, but the official YouTube upload only followed the “unauthorized” uploads.
Conceptually speaking, the video boils down to “The Cornfield Of Love-Doctor Moreau.” The sculpted, shirtless mad scientist is the only “man” in the video (other than Jo Calderone, an alter ego of Gaga’s) and the female-coded characters in this video, which run the gamut from the black-clad Alexander McQueen (RIP) by way of Lars von Trier‘s Antichrist owl-woman to “Yuyi,” the mermaid, are his creations, and all walk the Gaga line between the biological and the constructed.
In this world of stilted movement and affected lip syncing, the more “natural” parts—in particular Gaga’s “sprinting,” but also the choreographed sequence with backup dancers, seem out of place in what otherwise is a Nine Inch Nails video set to the tune of a highway rock song.
And what a highway rock song! As with “Edge of Glory,” for which she recruited the late Clarence Clemons, Gaga brings the heavy hitters on board for this ballad: Queen guitarist Brian May (who does not appear in the video) and superproducer (most relevantly of Def Leppard) “Mutt” Lange. The enormous power chords and “We Will Rock You” drums call back to classic rock. Even the croaky synth intro recalls the Arp Odyssey Joe Walsh uses in “Life’s Been Good.” The single doesn’t really have any of the Euro-trance elements that even “The Edge of Glory” gloried in. The video, though, bears the marks of Gaga through and through.
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