Forget Madonna Week for a second and take a moment to fawn all over Adam Lambert‘s new video for “Better Than I Know Myself.” But it’s not what you were expecting — instead of grappling with a lover, the video sees Adam’s personality split in two and confined to adjoining rooms, as if under observation, while he attempts to reconcile the dualling elements of his personality. The dichotomy is one that is as relateable to us as breathing — it’s the timeless battle of the little devil on one shoulder, and the little angel on the other. In one room, Adam is a Glampire, dark and brooding, restless and angsty, swigging liquor from the bottle and destroying his environment out of boredom and frustration. In the next room is a peaceful Adam, calm and happy, reading, relaxing, completely at ease in his solitude. With the two facets of Adam’s personality at such distinct odds, which one will rise to the top? We’ll let you watch the video to find out what happens, in the meantime, we’ve picked up on a few visual cues from popular culture that seem to have influenced the video. Do you agree?
We guessed that Adam might appear in the video as a vampire, and there are definitely vampyric elements to Adam’s darker self. His pale skin and unsettlingly bright hazel eyes for instance, are reminiscent of Twilight‘s Edward Cullen.
It appears that the dual Glamberts are being watched — if only by each other. The imagery of the split room, the stark contrast between the aesthetic of the two rooms, and the voyeuristic wall of glass between them reminded us of the observational room in Pedro Almodóvar’s 2011 film The Skin I Live In, in which an unwitting prisoner is kept and tortured by her Peeping Tom. To an extent, it’s the same in “Better Than I Know Myself,” with each Lambert tormenting the other, simply by the fact of their existence.
If you’re into iCulture then you’re probably familiar with Instagram, the app that allows you to take photos and then tweak them with a vintage-style filter to augment the colors. There’s a very Instagrammy aesthetic in “Better Than I Know Myself” as the two Adam’s are highlighted by filtered color to express the mood — a cold blue for Glampire, while happy Adam is cast in a warm, orange glow.
The fire Glampire starts in his room has elements of the supernatural, and immediately turned our minds to the yellow fire of the hospital scene in the vampire movie, Let Me In.
OK, so we know that the reason Adam has two different colored eyes in the last scene is to signify the contradicting elements of his personality, and how they’ve learned to accept one another; but just try and tell us his eyes here don’t remind you of actress Kate Bosworth and her conflicting corneas.
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