Video Review: Liam Payne & Quavo "Strip That Down"

In black-and-white, Liam Payne stares to the left, a pensive look on his face. His gaze returns to the camera, bristling at the attention. He dances on the stage, moving his arms in front of him.

In black-and-white, a woman in a sweatshirt and leggings dances alone on the stage. Then, several people join her in a routine.

Against a sapphire blue solid background, with an orange pink striped circle in the middle, Payne continues to dance. A woman, in a leopard-print lace-up bodysuit and visor, puts her arms around her chest in front of the circle.

Standing in the bedroom, decorated with palm trees and neon pink blinds, he dances, wearing a gold jacket. A woman dances by herself in another part of the house.

The young woman, wearing a white sweatshirt, dances in front of a pink car. A young man break dances in front of the car by himself.

Against a sky blue background, he points his finger to the camera and looks away. Against an orange background with a sky blue square in the middle, a young woman dances.

Lights flash orange and blue as the dancers perform a routine on the stage. Quavo adjusts his glasses.

Back in black-and-white, Liam breaks into a smile. Quavo raps against a block of a wall, decorated with a palm tree pattern. Quavo raps with Layne against the shapphire blue background and orange circle with pink stripes in the middle.

Against the orange circle with the pink stripes, Payne snivels at the camera.

Rating: 1/5

Liam Payne, during each close-up, seems to be questioning his place in music. The camera catches him mid-thought, as he’s contemplating running off after the director calls cut for the scene and never coming back again. A solo career seemed to be the plan once. But that was before he had a kid. However, the contract is signed, bills need to be paid and if he has to be a retread of Zayn, then so be it.

The inconsistent design doesn’t have a set pattern. Shapes change from circle to square, backgrounds switch from solid to black-and-white. Lights flash in muted neon hues. The black-and-white, though, given Payne’s expressions, could be a cologne advertisement. Paired with the neon, though, it becomes a pretentious stylized choice.

The dancers, though, with their boundless energy and tight moves, deserve credit for picking up Payne’s slack. The choreography is an intense workout and the dancers have the athletic ability to keep up without losing their breath.

Director: N/A Year: 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW2M-BB1NE

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