Kelly Clarkson shows her “Dark Side” in new video

Kelly Clarkson's Dark Side video could have been epic

“Dark Side” is one of the best tracks from Kelly Clarkson’s new album Stronger. The instrumentation in the song’s first few seconds give it a dreamy feel to it. The song’s layered production also works well with Kelly’s vulnerable vocals.

It’s a shame that the video isn’t very interesting. Although the video has a promising premise, it tries to tell too many stories —unemployment, bullying, self-esteem, etc. — and in the end, it ends up not having any narrative at all. “Dark Side” tries to achieve what Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” did a decade ago, but the vague story lines fail to make a genuine emotional impact.

As for Kelly, she looks great, especially in that orange top.