Music Video Roundup: Britney, John Legend, Keyshia Cole & More

John-Legend-Chrissy-Teigen-wedding-seretha2John Legend, D. Woods, RaVaughn, Britney Spears, and Keshia Cole all chose this week to debut their new music video wares. How successful were the results? The outcome might surprise you.

John Legend “All of Me”

John Legend brings the class back, enlisting his newlywed wife, supermodel Chrissy Tiegen, to costar with him in his video. It is a perfect match for the song, one of the strongest off of his new album Love In The Future, with its sweeping landscapes and intimate shots of the couple. Somehow, Legend has managed to capture the love in both his musical and visual portrayals.

The video finishes up with a short clip from their wedding as they kiss and make their way back down the aisle. Can’t see how you could hate on this song or video … unless you want either John Legend or Chrissy Tiegen all to yourself.

D. Woods “Gold Mine”

D. Woods got a bit of press recently as her former band mates of Danity Kane reunited and she chose not to join them due to “prior obligations.” Well, if this weak single and hairline budget video were the cause, she made the bad move of all bad moves. Whoever did the sound mixing on this song needs to be fired yesterday, because her voice is way out of balance with the track. And I know it’s hard doing this work independent, but she should have found the money to do some retakes, because a good number of her runs sound either lazy or broken.

I get that the point of the song (and subsequently the video) is to show off her “assets”, but since the staging and video quality is seriously lacking, she is not coming off as any type of desirable. Desperate is more fitting. Epic fail on this one.

RaVaughn “Best Friend”

RaVaughn’s single “Best Friend” has definitely struck a nerve, just like her previous single “Better Be Good.” And with the new video, she’s hoping to grow her fanbase and industry presence. Reminding us of a more vocally powerful Vivian Green, RaVaughn is able to communicate true emotion through the heartfelt lyrics and disarming melody.

RaVaughn gives us the type of thoughtful, emotional video that has become a rarity. Visually, she sinks deeper and deeper into a rose petal covered pool, meant to signify falling deeper in love with a friend. And the manner in which the different scenes are put together packs a powerful yet simple punch. This one is a definite winner.

Britney Spears “Work Bitch”

Britney Spears’ career has been a proverbial rollercoaster. One minute she’s doing everything right, and the next minute, she’s doing it all wrong. But her newest video shows that she is taking control of her musical identity again. This is not an attempt to gratify her vocal ability with a shred of positivity. Her singing still is slight at best. But, intelligently, she talks through most of the song so if you prefer not to hear her sing, you don’t have to worry about that. With the video for “Work Bitch”, it’s like we all jumped in a time machine back to the era of “Stronger” and “I’m A Slave 4 U“, when Britney looked right and was on point with her choreography.

I can’t say that I’ve ever been fan of Ms. Spears’, but she is definitely working deep in her wheelhouse on this one. The visuals are all stunning, and she manages to use more product placement in one video than I’ve ever seen. Kudos.

Keyshia Cole “I Choose You”

On “I Choose You”, Keyshia Cole belts out her love. She chooses the man she loves more over the man who can give her everything she wants. The black and white video has a clean look, and it is truly one of her better put together video treatments.

Keyshia really sings her heart out on this single, and the old-school vibe is nice. Still, something about the whole package just doesn’t feel right. There is no doubt that she has improved vocally over the years, yet she has failed to produce stronger material than what appeared on her debut album, The Way It Is. That felt real. That was authentic. Who knows who this person is. She gets a lukewarm “meh” on this one.

Which video do you like? Which aren’t worth a second watch?

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.