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Adam Lambert "Better Than I Know Myself" [Video Review]


Adam Lambert will be the first to tell you that he's not perfect. Some choose to hide their flaws and not-so flattering moments, but the singer has the confidence to face his imperfections and turn them into a strength. Lambert fully embraces his humanity in his music and performance, and the excellent new video for his current hit single "Better Than I Know Myself" is a perfect example of that.

"Better Than I Know Myself" is a gritty and gut-wrenching pop ballad that was produced by Dr Luke and co-written by Claude Kelly. The song taps into the frenzy of emotions that often goes along with a relationship that is on the brink of survival. Lambert perfectly captures that very moment that you sit down and try to make sense of it all.

In a recent interview, Lambert explains, "Sometimes you screw up or you say something to hurt your partner’s feelings, or you haven’t been supportive.This song basically owns that, says, ‘Look, I’m sorry. Sometimes I’m not perfect but without you I don’t know what I would do with myself. I need you because you are the only person that knows me better than I know myself."

Sobering lyrics like, "I get kind of dark (. . .) but try to see my heart," clearly inspired the video for the song that depicts the conflicting forces that can destroy the special bond between two people. In the video, Lambert is pictured both as his calm, Zen-self who is meditating and fully in control sipping tea, while next door his antagonizing alter ego is creating a ruckus, drinking and playing with fire. But every ying needs its yang, and at the end of the video the two scenes collide with "troubled" Adam reaching to "peaceful" Adam to unite as one.

Lambert further amplifies the message of the song in the closing scene of the video when he walks down a Los Angeles street. He pierces into the camera and reveals that he has two different eye colors. It's proof that he has found a way to balance his inner-conflict.

It may be just a storyline for the video, but it's also a fitting nod to Lambert's own artistry that balances between dealing with people's expectations, and his ongoing desire to take risks and to push his boundaries as an entertainer. It's those two very public sides of him that make Lambert truly one of the most exciting new male forces in pop to reckon with.

February 5, 2012 | Permalink