As much as I love me some Alicia Keys (she’s just gorgeous isn’t she?), I just can’t with “Girl On Fire.” The original, the remix with Nicki Minaj, the Mary Poppins-inspired video, the performances, the cute version for President Obama–all of it is cool and what not, but at the end of the day, I’m just not as inspired by the song as I think Alicia wants me to be. Seriously, it’s already the new theme song for makeovers of older women on the “Today Show,” and everywhere I go, somebody’s store or some commercial is trying to force it as the new pro-girl anthem. And A. Keys is at the helm of this movement. Maybe that’s why she just released a Japanese version of the video to get her overseas fans to fall in love with it all.
The clip, which is directed by Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa, showcases Alicia Keys in a room full of beautiful flowers. These plants look to represent women in all shapes and sizes (hence the different colors and types of flowers available) as they light on fire once the chorus drops, signaling a transformation. With her jazzy new haircut and some very interesting outfit changes, Keys belts out the song and gives great face in the video. And I’ll admit, it’s a very visually appealing clip. But I’m ready for her to leave this song behind and push “Listen To Your Heart” or even promote “Brand New Me” a bit more in performances and appearances. Because this song is just not lighting my fire at this point. But what about you? What do you think of the new video? Check it out below and let us know what you think!