Another day, another Lady Gaga video. This one is for “Edge of Glory,” off Born This Way, and it’s a departure from Gaga’s previous adventures in excess, like this one, this one, and this one. And for a maximalist like Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (we love calling her that, because it’s probably how her mom addressed her when she was angry), the most shocking thing she could have done was not shock us. Well played, Stef!
The concept is simple: Lower East Side girl with a little frame and some big dreams, dances her face off in the steamy New York night, while Springteen’s saxophonist Clarence Clemons (who recently had a stroke and Gaga paid tribute to in a video) blasts away on that now-famous sax solo. We think the low-budget, retro vibe fits nicely with the song’s throwback feel and relatively straightforward message (She’s on the edge of glory). Not every Gaga video needs to be an orgiastic extravaganza, but the next one better be, or we’ll start to lose interest, and quick. UPDATE: A report courtesy of the NY Post sheds some light on potential drama between Gaga and the video’s original director, Joseph Kahn. We like it.