“The Edge of Glory” may be one of Lady Gaga‘s most over-the-top songs, but its video is fairly understated, at least in terms of the singer’s previous visual extravaganzas. The clip finds Gaga roaming around on one of those misty, grimy urban blocks you used to see all the time in the Eighties – if you walk a few blocks over you’ll no doubt stumble into Pat Benetar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” – with E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons just sitting around on a stoop patiently waiting for his moment to wail.
That’s a great visual idea, but there’s not much more to the video, which spends far too much time lingering on shots of Gaga dancing around on a fire escape and prancing down the street. (The clip’s lackluster quality may have something to do with rumors that its original director walked off the set, leaving Gaga to finish it on her own.) The most egregious missed opportunity here is that Clemons is barely on screen during his own sax solo! Gaga and her fans clearly love Clemons, who recently suffered a stroke. Surely a bit more screen time for the Big Man wouldn’t have hurt.