June 8th, 2010
03:18 PM ET
As she did with "Telephone," Lady Gaga once again provides a lengthy, visually arresting cinematic short for her single "Alejandro," but this time with Madonna references instead of endorsements. (In case swallowing a rosary and a little S&M doesn’t tip you off, she dons black pants and a bra with strategically placed machine guns.)
Despite the breezy, laid-back, "hot like Mexico" vibe of the single, the accompanying video is dark and cold throughout its totality. There's snow, drab undergarments and Gaga carrying an initialed heart on a black satin pillow in front of a coffin. (If that doesn't say romance, well, we don't know what does.)
“Alejandro” director Steven Klein told Rolling Stone that the design and tone for the opus was influenced by painters more so than musicians or film directors. The process, Klein said, “was to express Lady Gaga's desire to reveal her heart and bear her soul."
In that case, Gaga’s soul contains some men blessed with incredible quads wearing killer stilettos. If you haven’t seen the entire video, you can watch it here (although, as with “Telephone,” it may feel a bit uncomfortable to watch on the job).
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