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The latest music videos

See what we thought of new videos from Radiohead, Marilyn Manson, Sonic Youth, and more

''Diamond Sea'' Sonic Youth The group stops hiding behind irony and escapes the tyranny of lip-synching to achieve video's Holy Grail: a true visual equivalent of their sound. Five directors shot this one clip, a variety of motion-speeds and video/film formats that capture the band's pursuit of on-stage ecstasy. A masterpiece of short filmmaking. A+

''Your Little Secret'' Melissa Etheridge The Calvin Klein-ish glam-youth who make this video compelling contrast oddly with Etheridge's grittier, arena-rock posturing — is it her seduction of a younger market or a distraction from her dowdy band? The singer is intercut with a massive tower comprised of sullen, gorgeous models climbing a wall of love. Hot stuff, shot in sultry black and white, and featuring a steamy girl-girl kiss. B+

''On A Bus To St. Cloud'' Trisha Yearwood A sentimental, literal illustration of the song lyrics, as so many country music videos are. There's little visual style, only metronomic intercutting from Yearwood to sepia-toned portraits of average folks. But the unfortunate reliance on hackneyed images is redeemed by Yearwood's sweet strength and noble, comforting face. B

''Just'' Radiohead Presented in wide-screen and using the flat, bright light of Antonioni's Blow-Up, Radiohead evokes a generation of European art films in this riddle of urban alienation and modern hopelessness. Despite way too many close-ups of their geeky lead singer, the band willingly takes a back seat to the most compelling story in the best-rendered ''concept'' video in months. A

''Dope Hat'' Marilyn Manson Alice Cooper meets Sigue Sigue Sputnik, with all the shock-rock components: Boys in dresses, Frankenstein makeup, and weird-angle close-ups of dwarfs in fluorescent wigs suggest a sea cruise though Hades. Underexposing keeps the images dark so Manson's death-pale face can dominate. His desperate sincerity is strangely touching, but the ornate production gives the visual clichés more power than they deserve. B

Originally posted Nov 24, 1995
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