Lady Gaga Rocks Out In Frenetic “Perfect Illusion” Video

Mike Wass | September 21, 2016 1:32 am
Pop Perspective: Lady Gaga's "Perfect Illusion"
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The cover of “Perfect Illusion” gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the video. Directed by Ruth Hogben and Andrea Gelardin, the frenetic clip reinvents Lady Gaga as a rock star. She drives through the desert, puts on an impromptu gig and swings her microphone over her head. Highlights include cameos from producers Bloodpop and Mark Ronson, while the epilepsy-inducing editing brings the whole thing to life. It’s refreshing to see Mother Monster take a less-is-more approach to visuals, but it’s perhaps a little too simple.

While it’s understandable that Gaga would try and move away from the visual excess of the Born This Way and ARTPOP eras, I found myself missing the costumes, choreography and mayhem of videos like “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance.” On the bright side, the clip should give “Perfect Illusion” a nudge up the charts. The song is performing well on pop radio, but had already fallen out of the iTunes top 50. The perky pop/rock anthem should bounce back over the next couple of days and hopefully build some buzz for 5th LP, Joanne (due October 21). Watch up top.

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