Lady GaGa has managed once again to surprise, not only with the overall sound of her new record Born This Way, an electrical serving of glam metal pop, but also with the already expected heavily bible-referencing visuals for her single ‘Judas’.

Even though the obvious is in the video, for instance, a sparkly crown of thorns, 12 bikers denoting the 12 apostles, crosses, allusions to baptism, an apparent representation of Jesus, and the unavoidable Judas kiss, GaGa has meshed the biblical depiction with the underground sub-culture of bikers to pull off a storyline which minimizes what some would consider offensive, and bring about a slice of creativity.

The video opens with a highway with bike riders alluding to Jesus’ apostles. GaGa rips out a page of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and plays Mary Magdalene (fulfilling Brown’s outrageous fictional depiction of Magdalene as Jesus’ mistress). GaGa dances like there is no tomorrow, in the midst of shown sequences where she is betraying the head of the gang with his alleged right hand (Judas), until GaGa is forced to prove her loyalty and fails to fulfill the gang’s leader demand of her terminating Judas; she is casted stones at the end, noticeably confirming her Magdalene role. The biblical story is there, intended to be confused with the loyalty expected in a bikers gang.

The make-up is slightly toned down for ‘Judas’, it seems GaGa took a simpler approach; though some ‘eclectic’ elements still linger, like the incorporation of mid-western garments in leather biker attire, her surreal mole, and her meticulously stylized nails. The choreography is the same presented on The Ellen DeGeneres Show performance, nothing too intricate, but definitely with a lot of work and synchronization. Nonetheless, GaGa gives her all as per usual, and it is worth to highlight she does it in all GaGa-fashion, with ridiculously high heels. The sets nods to Jerusalem, but at the same time to alleys and secret congregations where bikers are supposed to gather.

The highlight of the video is seeing GaGa’s eyes gleaming along with a widely luminous smile at the beginning as she rides with her representation of Jesus. The camera work could use improvement, but concerning Lady GaGa is not really a director, it is justifiable; that ‘professional director oomph’ is palpably absent, but considering it’s GaGa’s first time behind the camera, she certainly put out a damn good shooting. The video breaks don’t exactly make the video a mini-film unlike her past video releases, ‘Telephone’, ‘Alejandro’ and the recent seven-minute long clip for ‘Born This Way’. Despite the video being long, it is amusingly gripping and worth the watch.

Lady GaGa has definitely brought back the interest in music videos, and has set the pace (and pressure) for her contemporaries to inevitably also do so.

★★★★★

C.Perez

Watch GaGa’s regretful betrayal and allusive baptism below!