Beyonce debuted her newest video for "1+1" last night during E! News. This striped down and steamy video is in sharp contrast to the other two videos released off her "4" album.
First Beyonce released the video for "Run the World" which was an over-the-top choreographed dance video featuring dance battles, an army of girls, and ridiculous headdresses.
Then she dropped "The Best Thing I Never Had" a video that featured her attending her dream wedding, and don't shoot me, but Beyonce's fake wedding video looked better than Kim Kardashian’s actual wedding.
This video for "1+1" is all Beyonce. No dancers here. No fancy sets or costumes. Beyonce makes love to the camera while standing in front of a blowing flan. Beyonce is one of the few modern pop artists that can make a video where the first focus is her voice.
This video is straightforward sensuality and completely relies on the assumption that people find Beyonce hot. If you don't like the way Beyonce's face looks, then this video isn't for you, but I have no idea if there's anyone out there, man, woman, dog, or child who doesn't think Beyonce is a bombshell.
At one point she melts an ice cube on her face! On her face! Beyonce is so hot she melts ice!
About two-thirds through the video she is joined by a male actor, whose face we never see, while she begs him to make love to her. Who cares what the man looks like, it's all about Beyonce. Though wouldn't it be awesome if Jay-Z made an appearance in one of her videos as the actual "love interest"? Even a cameo, c'mon Jay please!
During the guitar solo at the end of the song, there are some psychedelic moments that were more Gaga-esque than Bey.
This song was first performed on the season finale on American Idol and while it is not an official single, Beyonce is rolling out video after video to collectively tell the visual story of the album "4."
Last week Beyonce did four concerts at New York's Roseland Ballroom as part of her "4 intimate Nights with Beyonce" to promote the album. While Beyonce could sell out stadium concerts, she's at the point in her career where she can do four intimate NY shows if that's what she wants to do. It's also clever wordplay since her album is called "4."
The shows were attended by some of the greatest names in music. Among the sold out audiences were Sir Paul McCartney, Russell Simmons, P. Diddy, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, The Dream and Ne-Yo.
The New York Times says of the performances, "There is not any better advertisement for Beyonce than Beyonce herself, a hard worker who makes effort look like the most glamorous thing in the world."
Speaking on "1+1" Beyonce calls it her "favorite song." This Sunday Beyonce steps by the MTV VMA's to perform another of her songs.