Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Top Vids of '08: #1

Artist: Justice
Song: “Stress”
Rating: A+

Is it so wrong that two of my top three videos are for songs that dropped last year? I guess the artists had to give directors a little bit of time to illustrate their efforts, but I’m so damn happy Justice picked this song out of its impressive catalog for production. The unrelenting horror flick throb was a risk, as was documenting a ragtag group of cross-bearing, mean-spirited Parisian thugs who can escape from even the thickest of situations (I won’t ruin the surprise, but let’s just say when you shit all over the living room, Daddy isn’t going to stand by idly.)

The looming doom and gloom of these beats are effortlessly melded into the story craft. The direction is excellent, the cinematograpy is superb and the dark finality of it all makes for a wildly beautiful portrait of anger. It’s one of those rare videos that augment the song and the artists to its needs, including a self-depreciating “D.A.N.C.E.” cameo!

Should we root for these destructive protagonists or wish the worst upon them? Good luck achieving the latter.

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