“More Like Her” is perhaps the most intimate, clearly personal single of Miranda Lambert’s career thus far, so it’s no surprise to see the music video for the song follow suit. Taking a cue from Sugarland’s in-your-face work in “Stay,” the best parts of this effort center the attention squarely on the singer, whose understated acting adeptly portrays the mixed bag of emotional negatives articulated by the song. The cross-fading transitions between shots work well to the same end, creating a sense of sensory disorder as Lambert’s sights, memories and varying emotions all run together.
Things get a little too artsy for my taste when she starts inexplicably hanging around with a birdcage, and the extensive shots of her playing guitar feel forced and somewhat clash with the more interesting sights of her sulking around in the apartment and confessing to the camera. Furthermore, while Lambert’s introspection is undeniably the centerpiece of the song, she also spends a fair amount of time dissecting her ex-love interest and his new girl, and the lack of any concrete image of those key characters leaves the video feeling a little emotionally incomplete.
On the whole, though, the singer’s onscreen presence is pronounced enough to keep her from getting lost in the shuffle, and her emotional complexity here is likely to endear her to country fans who may have written her off as a one-dimensional “tough girl.” Lambert’s character may be unlucky in love – see the strangely effective penultimate shot of her pushing the “13” elevator button – but she’s smart enough to share her misfortunes with her audience, and that will pay off well for her.
Directed by Randee St. Nicholas