Christina Aguilera is "Not Myself Tonight." So who is she in the video for the first single off Bionic? Every other iconoclastic female singer to slither onscreen. In the video's three minutes, Aguilera assumes no less than a dozen different guises, all scantily clad, ranging from carbon copies of Lady Gaga (borrowing heavily from her unique wardrobe), Madonna in "Human Nature," Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, the girls from Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" video and Michelle Pfeiffer's S&M-inspired Catwoman from Batman Returns.
Top-shelf music video director Hype Williams handles the visuals as Aguilera sings, "The old me's gone and I feel brand new, and if you don't like it, fuck you," while wearing varying amounts of lingerie. And just in case censors opt to bleep out the expletive, she ices her point by throwing middle fingers at the camera. Despite the video's attempt to shock, it's unlikely Aguilera will ever out-Gaga Gaga or out-controversy Madonna. But what the video lacks in originality, it certainly makes up for in steaminess.
So it's mission accomplished for Christina in her first Bionic video: she's proven she's no longer the swing-era blonde from Back to Basics. Hopefully next time she steps in front of the lens she'll be more herself and less like everyone else.