From the first shot, it’s clear that Aguilera’s taking a smart new direction in her Lotus era. The diva, who (and we say this with complete affection) has a way of seeming the tiniest bit self-satisfied in interviews and on The Voice, has a genuine and very charming sense of humor in this video, which doesn’t take itself quite so seriously. The clip is just pure campy glamour. As a trashy, vampy vixen living the fab life in a desert trailer park, Aguilera is all about checking in with her psychic on her old desktop computer, jumping into muscle cars with strange men and hooking up with hotties in dive bar bathrooms. Basically, she’s living the YOLO dream.
Whereas “Not Myself Tonight” played without a trace of irony, this video shows off a Christina who seems to be having a good time. It’s a deliriously fun vibe for her, maybe her best since the Stripped era. (The “Dirrty” braids she shows off when she’s hooking up with the guy at the bar? That’s definitely the look.)
But most importantly, the clip is funny and engaging, proving that she’s not all about smug self-aggrandizing — she’s a girl who knows how to laugh at herself. Sincerely, it’s been years since we loved a Christina Aguilera video this much.