Kris Allen – “The Truth” – Music Video Premiere!

UPDATE!:  Added the online version of  “The Truth” from Yahoo Music after the jump.

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The long-awaited video for Kris Allen’s latest single, “The Truth” premiered today on VH1. Check KrisAllenOfficial tomorrow, 8/18, for the online premiere of “The Truth.”

Directed by cinematographer, Aaron Platt, the video features a cameo from Train lead singer, Pat Monahan, and was shot in the desert in 110 degree heat (and rained out the first day!)

Watch the video after the jump. What do you think of Kris’ new video? I think it’s beautiful to look at, but Pat Monahan’s presence was disconcerting–like he was plopped in there for no good reason.

Yahoo Music Online Premiere

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195 Comments

  1. Just saw Kris’s video on VH1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not sure I was awake enough to give a definitive opinion on it, but it is definitely abstract, arty and emo. Pat M adds nothing to it…

    If anyone was taping VH1 the video aired about 50-55 minutes into the 1st hour of Jump Start (also Adam’s IIHY aired earlier in the show)

    Ok, going back to sleep now (if I can just stop coughing long enough to do so)

  2. Kris, I love ya man, but Jive did you no favors on this one. I doesn’t really sell the song and Jim C is right, the addition of Pat popping up is jarring and just doesn’t make any sense. I hope playing it on VH1 helps sell some copies though!

    I hope for single #3.

    ETA for clarification: I don’t dislike it, but I think there was more potential. I dunno. Maybe I have to watch a few more times. My initial reaction was just kinda ‘was that worth the wait?’

  3. Even in a video that’s an abstract, strange dream sequence, Pat M. makes no sense.

    Kris looks gorgeous though.

    Moving on…maybe they can start filming CSA or AWM now so it’s ready to go (after what I hope is a further run up the HAC chart for TT). let’s have the band next time (they’re a group of hotties)

  4. I like it! And it’s not cheesy like so many of these things. Plus he looks hotter than hell (in the good sense!).

    The Pat Monahan thing really doesn’t bother me either.

  5. I liked the video but now understand what Jim C. meant. I had no idea Pat sang on anything but the bridge and him showing up on that first part looked like he was just there singing along to Kris’ song. It didn’t help that he is not identified in the script on the video as “ft”

    But the rest of the video was beautiful and well shot :) Heard the song on Pulse last week for the first time- sounds good on radio too.

  6. I love the kris parts.Don’t know what Pat or Cindy add’s really to the video.I’ll have to watch it a few more time’s to have a bettet opinion of it.I recorded it and well rewatch it later when the kid’s aren’t around so I’m not distracted.

  7. Thanks for the video! We don’t have vh1 here in the Philippines and I didn’t want to wait another day to see it. Loved it! Beautifully made and really emotional. But I agree, Pat Monahan does nothing for the video. I hope this video helps sales of the single and album (hopefully). Will watch the video again now.

  8. Kris looks great!

    I find myself walking away feeling depressed though..LOL Not sure why. Could be the visuals or the song or the fact that they shoe horned Pat into the vid? I wasn’t expecting that kind of reaction.

  9. Thanks so much, MJ, for posting. I watched live. But I wanted so badly to see it again. And you delivered!

    On the positive side, I love that Kris is totally authentic. And an artist! There’s nothing cheesy about this video. It’s beautifully shot and edited. And it’s very generous to Pat. Sadly, that’s where the negatives come in for me. It’s just the odd management decisions Kris had to deal with that make it tough for me. The injection of a new voice/character and the non-ending ending.

  10. Eh, this video did nothing for me. I really thought it could be quit good with the right *story* line but it made no sense to me. Kris looked soooo hot….(as in man this desert is hot)….and I never saw Pat…:) I LOVE Kris Allen and was so hopeful for this video. I have been soooo wrong before….I hope this time will be the same!

  11. WOW, the MV is excellent, so classy and beautifully done. Sometimes when you look at a picture, it is ones’ interpretation, and to me, this is perfect! The artisty, the location and Kris singing the song. Pat Monahan is great. I really dont think it can be negative. Pat has a small portion of the MV but overall, the MV is well done. KUDOS Kris.

  12. First I´m a Kris fan too, but what the hell?
    The hole point of this Pat guy wasn´t to give the song a boost? That said… wasn´t the credits supposed to be Kris Allen ft. Pat guy? For me, who knows nothing about the Train was like who the hell is this guy and what is he doing in Kris´s video, is he a member of the band or something? Why is there a shot of him singing while we hear Kris´s voice?

    On the good side, the photography of the video it´s just AMAZING. Really beautiful shots, with the sunset and all.

  13. Watched about 3 times. Must say, Pat standing in the middle of the desert begging for rain is sort of comical. Love the beginning, it already looks like a tragedy/breakup of some sort, goes with the music. The sunset was beautiful. Waking in the middle of the desert is definitely vanishing to somewhere else. Love the time clock, sand running. Now the wall, with some type of window, and Kris looking so curious, I am with you Kris, I’m still trying to figure that one out. The chandeliers tumbling, good effect. It is early, so the significance of the burning guitar has eluded me. Cindy was the all elusive female, worried, scared, wondering. She gave the words meaning. All in all, I enjoyed it. Lots of symbolism.

  14. i think the video, like the song, is bland and unmemorable (sorry!)….i was a big fan of llwd — thought it was hella catchy — and the video, but to me TT is an album cut that never should have been released as a single. The lyrics are beautiful, but the melody is completely forgettable (for me, ymmv). The video is just really “beige” and I found it kinda boring (again, sorry!). It doesn’t do much to make the song “pop” at all. But I suppose it doesn’t matter. I’m sure that Kris’ fans will make sure that it gets on the top 20 countdown (probably at no. 1 at some point)– as the fans of all idols do — and that the increased exposure may help with sales. As for Pat? Seriously, what the hell Jive? why is he so front and center in the video?

  15. Was I supposed to laugh when Pat shows up? Because that was my reaction.

    For me, watching music videos are too often like looking at an abstract painting in an art museum and while others around it are talking about the meaning of the painting all I see are splotches of paint on a canvas.

    Kris looks fabulous, the scenery is striking and crumbling books and things being kept inside of a beat-up chest make sense in the context of a crumbling relationship, but viewing this video is kind of a “splotches on a canvas” moment for me.

  16. Not loving the video. I liked the first one much better. still think Pat is an unnecessary addition to the song but I did like his little part in the video ok. Next video will be better. Needs more color and energy next time!

  17. The floating chandeliers, the burning guitar, the gorgeous sky view, the broken glass, the bed in the middle of the dessert, the huge trunk and the female lead’s ethereal silhouette… The imagery leaves me awestruck. I think it’s a beautiful video that I’ll watch over and over again (I’ve seen it 4 times already). I freaking love it!!!

  18. Well, this video is much better than some others out there(Kesha). I was expecting more but it is still good. It just seems like it needed some more energy, passion in Kris performance? I did love the part with the chandeliers, that was some beautiful imagery. I guess the song just doesn’t do much for me but the video really didn’t help sell it for me. I blame Pat Monahan. He just doesn’t make sense here at all and just brings it down, IMO. Kris looked great.

  19. I just watched it again.I saw Cindy a couple of times were I misses her before so that was really nice. Someone on tweeter was saying maybe Pat is suppose to be Kris when he older back in the desert looking back on his life.Someone else was saying his kris when his older still stuck in the desert. Kris looked so hot and he did such a great job, and loved the different coloring, and the chandlers(sorry about my spelling) crumbling and catching on fire was so awesome. I really hope it helps with selling the song.It is weird they say nothing about Pat in the opening when it has kris’s name.

  20. So it’s a dream? Pat M sang the bridge right? With the sun glasses and black t-shirt, it looks like Kris. I didn’t get most of it, but I’m not an insightful person when it comes to artistic things. I mean, singing into a standing old fashioned mic in the middle of the dessert to no one? And the point of the mirror behind Kris? Was it just for the filmmaker to show how he could get the shot without showing the camera in the mirror?

    I find myself walking away feeling depressed though..LOL Not sure why.

    It’s a depressing song. And now with all this imagery, it’s even more depressing. It ends with exploding, burning chandeliers.

    Again, I have no insight, but if it started with him falling asleep next to her and ended with his eyes opening, still next to her, then the whole thing would be clearer as a story to me and the video would be finished with at least a partially positive statement (that he needs to do something about the situation). As it is, Kris is just lost in a nightmare that never ends.

    Although Kris looks fabulous as always–he’s just super good looking–I’m bummed about this video.

  21. Haven’t read any comments except GG’s, but my initial reaction is what’s up with that jacket?! Why did they hide the guns?!!! :eek: So much pretty was wasted IMO. I’m sure I’ll get it after watching numerous times (and there were some good moments), but I don’t feel like they showed enough of Kris’s assets. #confused

  22. So it had the standard concept of “Oh, so pretty imaginery! Oh emotions!”. Sadly, they didn’t nothing special with it. Too bad they didn’t shoot the flash flood in the desert, that could have been interesting.

    But hey! Pretty Kris is pretty :)

  23. I really like Pat’s part in the song, he has a great voice, more mature, that contrasts well with Kris’, and he doesn’t remove any artsy aspect to the video. It is a bit surprising to switch lead singer in the middle of the song but it fits well with the abstract theme.

  24. The key from the beginning has been abstract.this has never been a song about a relationship other than the one he has with us his fans and the choices he has to make for his career.the elephant in the room is Pat M , the book is reading the fine print, kris standing alone amongst popping lites anyone remember idol finale. It’s not about bashing his label or the music industry but the choices we all have to make for our careers, it’s just about the truth. now watch it again. (AWESOME VIDEO KRIS)

  25. springboard:
    08/17/2010 at 8:32 am
    I really like Pat’s part in the song, he has a great voice, more mature, that contrasts well with Kris’, and he doesn’t remove any artsy aspect to the video. It is a bit surprising to switch lead singer in the middle of the song but it fits well with the abstract theme.

    Well without mentioning that Pat is featured.. maybe people will just think that is Kris 15+ years from now, you know, movie magic. ;)

  26. I loved it, but I would rather it be all Kris instead, but still loved it.

  27. MaryS-NJ:
    08/17/2010 at 8:14 am

    Mary, I totally agree with you about seeing a painting with splotches while others see the hidden meaning……I am a no nonsense kind of girl that likes things simple! :)
    I did finally see Pat…I cannot begin to tell you how much he looks and sounds like Kris to me and I did not see him the first time I watched….I thought it was Kris! Anyway, it is fun to read the differing opinions here….we all are sooo different…..

  28. If I didn’t know anything about the video beforehand, I would just assume that Pat was one of Kris’ band members, so I didn’t really mind his presence in the video.

    I don’t think the song’s the best (still bitter Alright with Me wasn’t chosen), but I like the video, particularly the chandelier part.

  29. Kris was my S8 favorite, but I’m not really seeing what people mean when they talk about him being screwed by bad management or the label or whatever … he got a 2nd video and 2nd single even though his album sales were dire. And he got the addition of a major star who has his own fans, to help with the commercial aspect. If that’s being screwed there are a lot of Idols from past seasons who’d like to be screwed in the same way!

  30. The key from the beginning has been abstract.this has never been a song about a relationship other than the one he has with us his fans and the choices he has to make for his career.the elephant in the room is Pat M , the book is reading the fine print, kris standing alone amongst popping lites anyone remember idol finale. It’s not about bashing his label or the music industry but the choices we all have to make for our careers, it’s just about the truth. now watch it again. (AWESOME VIDEO KRIS)

    I might be able to go along with this, except Pat wrote the song, not Kris. You can interpret the elephant as Pat because it fits from the perspective of a Kris fan, but I doubt Pat would label himself the elephant or write about himself in that way.

    I like Kris but don’t love the video. Love the chandeliers though.

  31. Thanks, MJ, for putting the video up! I’m looking forward to watching it on my TV when the west coast airs it.

    Favorite parts are Kris singing in front of the mirror and among the chandeliers. The soft imagery of the actress, whom we can’t quite see clearly & seems elusive, adds a lot to the feel of the video. I’ll have to see the video a few more times & think about some of the elements (the book in the trunk, the orb, the wall) to form an opinion as to their meaning, but that’s what’s fun about any abstract work.

    Overall, nice job, so glad the video is finally here!

  32. Well … it’s not bad, but it’s not great, either. I can say that I really enjoyed the song itself, although I agree that the video didn’t quite live up to its potential. I hope it helps Kris – I don’t understand why Jive waited so long to get this MV out there. And I agree with earlier post – why put Kris in a jacket? I liked Pat’s attire much better. :)

    ETA: The chandeliers are beautiful!

  33. I think its funny that everyone likes the chandeliers. I totally got the imagery but I thought they were out of sync with the video as a whole.

  34. Not a big Kris fan, although I have some of his music, so weighing in.

    I liked the video, it was definitely arty and pretty.

    My only complaint is one among several music vids- why show them singing when it doesn’t match the music? It just looks like bad lip synching.

    Pat M- didn’t bother me; I don’t think most people who aren’t uber fans will notice- like some others I thought that was Kris (my only thought was why did Kris change clothes?) until others here pointed out that it was Pat.

    Kris looked good :)

  35. This video compliments and connects to the emotion of the song. Like the song it builds and builds to high emotion. It is a beautiful tribute to the song. Pat’s part doesn’t bother me in the least. We were all wondering how they would connect the pieces and they did a great job. Some say depressing and I say it is a work of art in conveying a crumbing relationship. Kris is great in this. I think it might be a contender for an award. Loved it!!!!

  36. Um… DNW Pat M in that video. It was so confusing when he showed up kinda looking like Kris and “singing” along to the part of the song in the beginning where he isn’t singing along in the track. And I still don’t like the part on the bridge that he sings.

    The rest is cool– at least visually. A few more silouettes (sp?) of the girl, aka the love interest would’ve been more effective emotionally than cutting to Pat M jumping up and down singing to a mike stand. JMO. Loved the bursting chandeliers, not so much the random flying burning phantom guitar. Oh well, all in all, Kris looks pretty, video is generally pretty. Pat M is odd. About what I expected.

  37. Yes Pat M wrote the song but the vidoeo is about Kris’ journey. this is not a negative coment about anything. i think it is a great video its all about how we each look at it.

  38. I think that the video is gorgeous- very artistic and pretty. I like that it’s like an abstract dream.
    Pat looks nothing like Kris.

    sallysimmons: Kris’s first single was a big hit, it would made no sense if he didn’t got a second single. And so far, the album version is the one that is selling much more, although most radio stations play the duet so it’s not just Kris fans that think that Pat wasn’t necessary on the song.

  39. Just watched the video and I think Kris looks great and I like the feel of the video. But I was kind of hoping that the video would help the Pat inclusion in the song make some kind of sense. And it doesn’t, at all. So I’m disappointed about that. It’s just weird how he pops in at the beginning. And then he’s not even mentioned at the beginning as a featured artist on the song.

    The other thing is I’m not sure why Kris is playing the guitar so much in this video. I really like when he doesn’t play the guitar on this song. On this song his emotion comes across in a more intense way when he’s not playing the guitar, so I think some of that’s missing for me when I watch the video. Maybe after I watch it a few more times I’ll feel differently.

    I do like the artsy feel/look to the video though. It fits the song well. Kris looks great…but why the jacket and long sleeves for the whole video?

  40. I think this is Kris Allen’s answer to Adam Lamberts video, “What do you want from me”. Both are haunting, and both are about what happens when we make the choices that we do, and how we deal with them-in their case it is dealing with fame and fortune of being in the music business.

  41. I’m not a fan of Kris’s voice/music and I don’t care much for “The Truth”. But I actually think the video is nice. It’s professional looking and parts of it are pretty. The video does make the song “sound” better and more appealing. I also think they should have put featuring Pat Monahan on the video besides Kris’s name.

    That way people would have known it was him the first time he popped up in the video. Even though people will recognize that it’s Pat by the end of the video because of his voice. Pat may have a short part of the video,but since the radio version is featuring him and he’s singing in the video,they should have put featuring him on the video.

    And I’ve seen videos where it mention that another artist is featured where the feature artists does less singing than Pat does in TT. I don’t think they should have let Pat’s name off the label of the video. It might have helped Kris more if they had Pat’s name up there.

    Overall I thought the video was nice, though the part where Pat popped up in the beginning seemed out of sync with the rest of the video. It looked like he was supposed to be singing, but that someone turned off the sound. Other than that I thought the video was nice, including Pat’s part at the end.

  42. Kris sounds beautiful and it is very polished. The song is starting to grow on me but its somewhat of a sad sounding song. I would not say is a good match for summer. I agree with the jacket comment, lose it, who wears a jacket in the desert? Especially that one, didn’t he wear it to the Idol finale? I know I’ve seen it before.

  43. Two words: bad editing. Or alternatively, not enough time to do proper editing. The first verse and even the first chorus (if we skip Pat) are really good, after that – still pretty but it goes off the rhythm and doesn’t hold up that dream-like quality and symbolism that were set in the first verse.

  44. Cool.

    I wanted some imagery of walls collapsing, but it’s probably better that they didn’t make it so literal. Literal usually tips towards laughable.

    The cinematography and lighting is amazing.

    I love the piano keys tumbling into the water at the start. It’s deliciously creepy. To do that to a piano is like pulling fingernails off of a person.

    Pat M sang the bridge right? With the sun glasses and black t-shirt, it looks like Kris.

    That’s what I thought too.

  45. Nothing personal against Pat M. but the insertion of anyone else into this song and video has never made sense to me. If the “I” in the song is reflecting a single person’s view point then there should be only one person singing the song. If the “I” in the song is actually representing the personal perspective of multiple people (I hope that makes sense) then there should be multiple people singing throughout. Having Pat pop-up 2/3’s of the way through the song/video just takes me right out of it.

    I’ll admit I’m not the best at interpreting artistic imagery but seems like if a viewer has to work that hard to “get it” then they didn’t do something right or they could have done something better. Overall I like the video but it isn’t knocking my socks off.

  46. My only complaint is one among several music vids- why show them singing when it doesn’t match the music? It just looks like bad lip synching.

    I think this copy we’re watching is a little out of synch, not the actual video.

    And the point of the mirror behind Kris? Was it just for the filmmaker to show how he could get the shot without showing the camera in the mirror?

    If you watch music videos, you must know they’re just full of images that are supposed to be beautiful or compelling or interesting, but they don’t have to have a “point.”

  47. And the point of the mirror behind Kris? Was it just for the filmmaker to show how he could get the shot without showing the camera in the mirror?

    If you watch music videos, you must know they’re just full of images that are supposed to be beautiful or compelling or interesting, but they don’t have to have a “point.”

    There is that. Videos are a visual media so beautiful imagery is part of the game. Not every element shown has to move the story forward because stories in videos can be quite trite. If you really start asking questions about everything in a movie video, they quickly fall apart. Why do they change costumes every ten seconds? What is the point of that? It’s to be visually interesting.

    But, I do think the mirror is there for a reason. Isn’t the payback when we later see a mirror smashing? The dude’s life is falling apart. Everything he knew about his relationship and himself is being shattered. The mirror is shown whole, reflecting his image. Then a mirror is smashed signifying the shattering of his life. I think that theme is carried through with the guitar burning and the chandeliers exploding. First shown beautiful and whole. Then going up in flames and being destroyed (though we do see a guitar burning briefly before he is shown playing it).

    Plus, it is a cool shot.

  48. I’ve never liked the song THE TRUTH and the video was just allright with me. Speaking of AWM I thought that should have been the 2nd single. Oh well maybe it will be the 3rd single? Kris looks super hot in the video and did great falling back off the piano. Pat, I agree, did nothing to enhance the video at all or the song for that matter.

  49. I love the contrast between the two Kris Allen videos. The LLWD video starts in the dark and ends with the sunrise, goes with the hopeful theme of the song. The Truth begins in the day time moves to sunset then to dark night, goes perfectly with the dark theme of the song.

    The video is beautifully shot. Amazing imagery. Love the burning guitar. This imagery could mean many things but perhaps if it’s in a mind of a musician whos relationship is about to end, perhaps a part of him blame his music… time spent away from partner to pursue music..

    About Pat popping up during the first chorus, if you pay attention to the audio, Pat’s vocals have been added to the song’s chorus.

    ETA: I couldn’t form an opinion at first viewing but with the second I could really appreciate all the details, all the symbolism. It beautifully shot video without being too literal or cheesy.

  50. I cannot begin to tell you how much he looks and sounds like Kris to me and I did not see him the first time I watched

    Well, color me stupid because I, too, didn’t realize that the guy with glasses wasn’t Kris…sort of figured it out the second time he showed up..but that part of the video was just weird and not in a good sense.

    I think the video is an homage to the videographer and has very little to do with Kris, Pat, the song or anything else. The wardrobe seemed really out of place, the clips of Kris seemed more like an after thought to the directors vision, the imagery wasn’t real compelling and all in all the video missed on most levels.

    I feel bad for Kris. For whatever reason he has, in many instances, seemed to lose control over his own career and how he is presented to the public. It’s like he is someone’s pawn who, themselves, have no clear goal or purpose.

    Kris needs to step back and allow some time for his current image to sub-due a bit…then, if possible, come out with album no. 2 and a persona that fits him better than the shit TPTB have deemed fit to wrap him in the first time around.

  51. The video is pretty, but very abstract, so I’m not sure how well the audience will respond and connect with the song.

    Pat’s first appearance in the video is a very WTF moment because he is singing along with Kris. I think Pat sounds great on the bridge.

    So, um, I don’t know.

  52. Well, the chandeliers are nice. This is a music video that I only need to see once. It’s a pretty video with nice imagery, but the problem is with the song. Pat being included doesn’t help it or hurt it. He don’t matter, because the big problem is with the song. The song is boring. It certainly wasn’t the song to be released during the summer and I don’t think it’s going to be a hit. It’s the type of song you start listening to and just want it to end.

  53. The wardrobe seemed really out of place..

    So did the crystal orb, the piano, the bed, chandeliers, antique trunk, piano keys…

  54. The desert imagery is very beautiful and seems to fit the song well. I thought the chandeliers looked out of place, though, and didn’t fit as well as the rest. I agree about the sync of the video seeming off in the beginning. It seemed like Kris’ mouth barely moved in the first part–hard to tell he was supposed to be singing. Also, for some odd reason Pat M. seemed to appear as a blind man. Something with the glasses and his head movements. It’s a very pretty song, though.

  55. i’m a big Kris Allen fan, to be honest at first watched i did not like it and was actually nervous of the would be negative feedbacks but after watching it for the second time I started liking it, the imagery is very beautiful and Kris is really handsome.

  56. Kris looks great in the video, he looks thinner than he used to be but perhaps that’s not a recent development. Hope it’s not because he sweated off 10 lbs. in the desert, poor thing. I agree that the Pat thing is confusing when he first pops up but it becomes clear later in the video. The song is ok to me, I like the first single better and hope he gets to do “Alright With Me” next, that one is really catchy. I also really like “Is It Over” from Kris’ album. Someone said something earlier about this being an answer to Adam’s video, not sure what was meant by that but I don’t agree with that concept. It’s the nature of the beast I guess that people look at what the top contestants of a season do as being related to each other but my opinion is that although that’s a fandom view of the world, in actuality I think these guys wish each other well but have no interest in “answering” each other or see what they’re doing as relative to the other guys whatsoever. I hope the video is well received and that it does a good job of supporting the song for Kris.

  57. My viewing was way out of sync- hope it’s just me.
    Kris has a real theme going with the light bulbs in his vids, eh?
    To a casual viewer the Pat parts just looked like Kris- sorry, but even I didn’t notice it was him the first time around and I was waiting for it.

    It’s ok I guess- beautifully shot if a bit too spare.
    I was just expecting more, but that’s my own fault for putting so much pressure on the video to rescue the song.
    Don’t quite think it’s the type video to create that level of excitement- it leaves me kind of deflated at the end.

  58. I like MVs that tell a neat little story. Either this one didn’t or it went right over my head. All the elements were there for one, but they just didn’t seem to connect.

  59. My first reaction…Hmmmm.

    It’s definitely a beautiful video to watch! Wait, what are all of these images and props people are talking about, I thought it was just Kris!!! Hee, j/k.

    Overall, it is very beautiful!!! I would love to understand all of the imagery, but I’m just enjoying watching it for its beauty. I think having Pat at the beginning is a good thing because, yeah, he does sing more than just the bridge and therefore shouldn’t just suddenly pop up at the bridge. Obviously we can’t go back and change the fact that he’s there on the song, so it’s nice to just take in all the beauty (maybe minus his two spots, but he’s pretty emo so I can take that too). Kris is beautiful!!

    Did I mention that I think this MV is beautiful???

  60. I think it’s beautiful!!! I love the opening bars for this song, and I got all teary eyed at the imagery coupled with those bars… I really love it, and think the audience/music world will too. I wish Jim wouldn’t have tweeted that yesterday, cuz I had nightmares and negative thoughts re. this MV…… I really, really, really think it’s beautiful. YAY!!

  61. The video is suppose to be an abstract dream. It is not suppose to have a very simple and clear storyline.

  62. It’s a great video, but I agree that Pat’s presence was detracting and confusing. He had no purpose, and looked like a less attractive and older Kris. Maybe that was the point. I don’t know.

    As far as Kris’s lack of persona: I don’t see that. I think most people who know of him would say that his persona is down to earth, comfortable, and cute. The video made use of that. Most people who know of him would also say that he plays instruments, and the video made use of that as well, by showing wrecked piano keys and a burning guitar, then showing Kris on both instruments. Kris’s musical personality is also clear on his album: he sings mostly slower songs in a mellow, calm way, accompanying himself on his guitar. I know this is a surface description, but that’s about all a normal fan is likely to know of Kris, or of any other new artist. Though LLWD and TT were not copenned by him, they fit the image conceptually–neither is dangerous or bizarre. Neither depicts the artist in a way that does not fit that comfortable, down to earth image.

    Kris’s problem is Jive. Jive waited too long to release a second single. They picked one of the least radio friendly singles on the album. They waited too long for the video. The Pat connection–pointless, both on the song and its promotion, and on the video.

    I don’t know how much this video will do for the song. If promoted, it could add a lot, as it’s a good video. If the video just disappears…not much, obviously.

  63. ibhde10:

    Kris has a real theme going with the light bulbs in his vids, eh?

    And desert. :P

    Okay, so I’ve watched it a couple of times and I actually like it. I love the imagery because at first it looks WTH, but I guess if one listens to the lyrics more intently it’d make more sense. I say this in a good way — to me the vid is like this awesomely hot screensaver that allows watchers/listeners to feel the song more, rather than just get carried along with lights and whatever.

    Pat’s appearance was kinda another WTH moment, but I didn’t really mind him later. I do hope in the succeeding airings of this video (or when it’s intro-ed in the countdown/whatever show) they mention Pat.

    ETA: Now, when can we actually buy this off iTunes? :D

  64. “Videos are a visual media so beautiful imagery is part of the game. Not every element shown has to move the story forward because stories in videos can be quite trite.” — Kristen

    I agree completely. I think the video is visually gorgeous. The desert locale runs like a subtle thread, a certain artistic continuity, between Kris’ videos. The use of the trunk, the mirror, the piano keys, the chandeliers, even Kris facing away from the camera as the sun sets, are simple symbolic elements. The shots of Cindy Vela were also very lovely. The shot of the orb in her hand is quite meaningful to me, signifying her hold, her power over both men.

    I think this video holds far more symbolically and visually then one or two viewings can absorb. It’s a very classy, visually appealing video. Head and shoulders above many videos currently on VH-1’s top 20. I’m pleased.

  65. I don’t think it’s going to be a hit.

    You are really going out on a limb to say that, aren’t you? LOL

  66. I love Kris and I love this song, but I agree that I don’t think it was the best choice for his second single to come out in the summer. The Truth is more like a very good song on his album that HIS fans love. All Right With Me, though not my favorite, would have been a better “summer song”. The video is just okay. I’m not sure I see the imagery tying to the meaning of the song. The girl looks like she’s shaking a rug in slo-mo? What’s that supposed to mean? Sorry Kris – love ya though!!

  67. I think the scenery is gorgeous and Kris looks great. I didn’t even notice when Pat came on, I thought it was Kris and the only thing I thought was – Oh he finally took off the jacket. I had to go back and watch it again. The song is OK, not my fav. I prefer BWCUndone. But the video’s pretty.

  68. The video is suppose to be an abstract dream. It is not suppose to have a very simple and clear storyline.

    Exactly. I think the video is beautiful – just like our dreams are abstract by nature and sometimes make no sense at all. I find a different interpretation every time I watch the video.

  69. Great video! The contrast between the hot desert and the piano keys falling in the pool of water is stunning. Very artistic, emotional and beautiful. Favorite parts: Kris in bed, falling off the piano, singing in front of the mirror, magical orb, pulling trunk across the desert, opening the trunk to look through the book, singing against the desert night skyline, and singing among the breaking chandeliers. I guess that means “I loved the video!” And of course love Kris!

  70. Pat’s part is completely unnecessary, and I would’ve rather seen some kind of water rushing in or an actual house crushing…

    But that said, I think it’s really well done. It looks great, and I really hope this does well.

  71. Areyouin, at this point it’s an “end of summer/fall” song, as is Daughtry’s September and Goo Goo Dolls’ Home and Lady A’s I Run To You. It fits in perfectly with the current songs. I heard The Truth on the radio yesterday and it sounds really, really good. I told my son at the time, I think this song will surpass LLWD. He agreed. He, also, sat through the entire video and really liked it. He thought it was cool and not overdone.

    Another slow-burner HIT for Kris Allen.

  72. Parts of it were pretty. I was a little bored, though. And I still don’t understand the point of Pat.

  73. I really love his new Video.I find it amazing how good Videos he make with few things…With a guitar and sand,a bed and so..you know..I love his songs really much and I find it really cool what one man can make with a little guitar..And his voice fits really to the song…The text and his voice Harmonize really good together…

  74. The more I think about it, the more “The Truth” connnects to a common thread to “Live Like We’re Dying.” LLWD was all about being in the moment, running toward the sunlight or a true love. TT is about the sad realization that things are over–the love is gone or a dream won’t come true. But you don’t want to face the ‘truth.’ It’s easier to hold to the remnants of whatever brought joy and love into your life, even if that winds up hurting you more. ‘Telling the truth’ is the best thing for you, but you can’t bring yourself to do it. And so you leave the ‘high noon’ of that phase of your life and find yourself in ‘twilight’ mode, in a holding pattern until you make a decision and move forward.

    I don’t know if I would have chose TT as a single at this point, but the MV makes me understand and appreciate the song much more. I suppose with Kris being a slow burner, this may work out. Summer is basically over. Lots of kids are back in school, vacations are wrapping up. We’re getting into fall mode, even with the still hot weather. So maybe–maybe–TT gains more traction and becomes a strong Hot AC contender.

    I liked the song anyway; the MV connects everything, at least for me. Good job to Kris and the MV’s crew.

  75. Eh. It was aiight. I liked parts of the imagery, not the least of which is Kris who is looking niiice. Yeah, not a fan of the random floating burning guitar. I thought it was a bit too video 101. Though I thought a lot of the images were like that here. Though some were not, or even if they were, they are overused because they’re interesting to look at. Liked the chandaliers. Wasn’t bugged by Pat.

    I have no ideas of what makes videos popular or interesting to people beyond myself. I thought this was really cliche, but hey, I thought that about LLWD’s video and that helped that song, so as a Kris fan, I hope this is the case again here.

  76. The video is suppose to be an abstract dream. It is not suppose to have a very simple and clear storyline.

    Exactly. I think the video is beautiful – just like our dreams are abstract by nature and sometimes make no sense at all. I find a different interpretation every time I watch the video.

    They did say that it was inspired by Dali and surrealism, which practically means it doesn’t really mean anything. LOL.

  77. ComeBack2Me:
    08/17/2010 at 10:47 am

    I don’t think it’s going to be a hit.

    You are really going out on a limb to say that, aren’t you? LOL

    Sometimes you have to state the obvious.

  78. Sometimes you have to state the obvious.

    Where’s the fun in the obvious? If Idol was so obvious, we wouldn’t give our opinions about it and we wouldn’t be brought together on this blog, I say. ;-)

  79. The dude’s life is falling apart. Everything he knew about his relationship and himself is being shattered. The mirror is shown whole, reflecting his image. Then a mirror is smashed signifying the shattering of his life. I think that theme is carried through with the guitar burning and the chandeliers exploding. First shown beautiful and whole. Then going up in flames and being destroyed

    Thank you Kirsten. I think you described the essence of this mv perfectly.

    I think this video holds far more symbolically and visually then one or two viewings can absorb.

    Exactly! Each time you watch it you notice details that you missed on previous viewings.

    RE Pat M. I think when Pat pops up on the video it is a jarring reminder to fans of all their frustration of his inclusion on the single. But just like the single, I think fans will accept/ignore his inclusion and do all they can to make the mv successful. I do think that since he did sing on the single he needed to be in the mv also.

    This is a beautiful video and Kris did an excellent job expressing the emotional lyrics.

  80. Thanks to MJ for posting the video.

    I don’t own any of Kris’ music. Whenever LLWD comes on the radio, have to change the station immediately — I’m one of the weirdos who can’t stand that song. That said, I’ve always wished the very best for Kris.

    I like The Truth, it has some emotional depth to it and Kris’ delivery is moving. The video is beautiful, creative, artistic, refreshingly different. Unlike most music videos, this is one I want to watch more than once. Hope it does very well and brings new attention to Kris.

  81. I like the video… waited over 100 days so I think I’m entitled to crit it. I would have preferred somethign a bit more literal than this, a little less complex. Check out this video idea someone posted on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS3kJfoEkhM, it seems a better idea IMO.

    Either way Kris Allen Rules!!!

  82. The more I think about it, the more “The Truth” connnects to a common thread to “Live Like We’re Dying.” LLWD was all about being in the moment, running toward the sunlight or a true love. TT is about the sad realization that things are over–the love is gone or a dream won’t come true. But you don’t want to face the ‘truth.’ It’s easier to hold to the remnants of whatever brought joy and love into your life, even if that winds up hurting you more. ‘Telling the truth’ is the best thing for you, but you can’t bring yourself to do it. And so you leave the ‘high noon’ of that phase of your life and find yourself in ‘twilight’ mode, in a holding pattern until you make a decision and move forward

    This is so true!!! @LaRue:, it does makes sense and you hit the nail to the head.

    It is a wonderful video and I dont know what is the fuzz. Of all the video in VH1, this is one of the best. Now if you compare with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kesha, then I would rate this MV #1. All these artist just fail to compare how classy this MV is.

  83. I think it’s beautiful! I have to laugh because it’s like the LLWD video conversation all over again.

    I think Pat makes perfect sense. He’s singing on the song, so he’s in the video, it’s not that hard to understand. I didn’t find his presence jarring at all, I thought he looked good and he has enough presence in the vid to make the Train fans happy. Those who don’t know who it is will just think he’s part of the band. (which reminds me, include the band next time!)

    Videos are often not literal translations of the music (Kings of Leon anyone?) The colors are beautiful and Kris looks hotter than he’s ever looked, if that’s even possible! I loved the outfit he was wearing during the chandelier sequence. Very retro.

  84. Eh, it’s going to take more than a pretty video to raise this song from the dead.

  85. Areyouin, at this point it’s an “end of summer/fall” song, as is Daughtry’s September and Goo Goo Dolls’ Home and Lady A’s I Run To You. It fits in perfectly with the current songs. I heard The Truth on the radio yesterday and it sounds really, really good. I told my son at the time, I think this song will surpass LLWD. He agreed. He, also, sat through the entire video and really liked it. He thought it was cool and not overdone.

    Another slow-burner HIT for Kris Allen.

    Unless Pop starts picking up spins drastically, I’m afraid this is not going to happen. There is still room for it to grown on HAC but LLWD had huge spins on Pop and HAC to help get it to 1.5 million downloads. TT is just not a catchy enough song and Pop has shown very little interest thus far. There is still hope for #3 to be a Pop hit, AWM is the best shot as a single (although not my favorite song.)

    sorry, just calling it like I see it. Let this one peak on HAC and on to the next song Jive!

  86. bridgette12:
    08/17/2010 at 11:08 am
    ComeBack2Me:
    08/17/2010 at 10:47 am

    I don’t think it’s going to be a hit.

    Sometimes you have to state the obvious.

    Time will tell, and I will remember you saying. Just saying.

  87. But I do think the video helps me connect to the song more, so I guess it is successful that way. So yay! and I hope others feel that way (and it helps sales *fingers crossed*).

  88. Sorry- didn’t like this video at all, I was hoping I would, the song is not the best and I don’t think the video is going to help, in my opinion. I think Kris looked very strained while singing the song which was a little distracting. I think Kris should leave this album behind and start a new project with some new songs. Sorry I think Kris is a nice guy but this video didn’t quite do it for me!!

  89. Kris looked very strained while singing the song which was a little distracting.

    So Kris looked strained lip-syncing a song for a video. lol!!!!

  90. first impression is that it’s a beautiful video. Beautiful cinematography and i think the storyline is well shown in it in an impressionist way.
    Love the beginning with Kris standing on the trunk (symbolizing the memories he has with his girl) and about to start a reflection on this relationship (it fits the context that they show the girl in an ethereal way throughout the vid).
    . In this sense the mmirror is nice too as it’s his own toughts that are expressed in the song. And the mirror’s broken pieces that come back together (“..I’ve been holding on the roof”).
    Got to rewatch :)

  91. I would have preferred somethign a bit more literal than this, a little less complex.

    You can’t get much more simplistically literal than

    The dude’s life is falling apart. Everything he knew about his relationship and himself is being shattered. The mirror is shown whole, reflecting his image. Then a mirror is smashed signifying the shattering of his life. I think that theme is carried through with the guitar burning and the chandeliers exploding. First shown beautiful and whole. Then going up in flames and being destroyed

    That’s anvilicious levels of literal.

    Not abstract at all- it tries to appear abstract and then ruins it all with the above smashed mirror analogies which are like grade school level. They think they’re being clever but instead end up being trite.

    I don’t think I like this director very much.
    Kris/Jive needs to go in a different direction the next time- try some good old entertaining singing and band jamming.
    You know, fun.
    Well, first they have to release a fun single.
    I never liked TT before and now I think I like it even less :(

  92. Well I like it! :)
    I won’t dissect now but, in general, I like it.

    Junior:
    08/17/2010 at 11:24 am
    I think it’s beautiful! I have to laugh because it’s like the LLWD video conversation all over again.

    Yup! As always. :>

  93. I like this very much! Kris is beautiful, the imagery is beautiful. For me it matches the song very well.

    “Trying to be perfect” can (and often does) look beautiful, but it’s really absurd and painful. This song was never meant to make people feel happy or uplifted – it’s not that kind of entertainment/art. It’s the kind of art that reflects something that many people experience – the experience of desperately trying to sort through life to find truth/sanity while trying to “be perfect” and hold it all together. I think many people can relate to the song and to the video.

    For me the video very artfully reflects the song. I think Kris’ artistry runs deep, so I’m not surprised. I’ve been entertained by looking at it more than once and thinking through the symbolizm.

    ETA: I’m so glad I can remember the LLWD video discussion – glad to have that perspective for this discussion.

  94. It’s the kind of art that reflects something that many people experience – the experience of desperately trying to sort through life to find truth/sanity while trying to “be perfect” and hold it all together. I think many people can relate to the song and to the video.

    linsmile, i liked what you said. Indeed true that sometimes people hold togethere a relationship that is not meant to be. With this in mind, I like very much the pleading lyrics “..and let the end begins”

  95. Wow, I enjoyed the video very much. I can’t wait to see it on TV however, because the internet copies never match up to the real thing.

    I disagree with what the person up above said, I found myself immediately wanting to watch it over and over so I could better understand how all the visually stunning images (amazing!) fit with the narrative of the song, such as the dragging the chest across the desert, could possibly be interpreted as having to physically pull the relationship along to maintain the perception that it is okay (the heavy burden of not being able to tell the truth because of the potential consequences), but when you finally look inside the chest, inside yourself (the burnt book in the chest) the crumbling love story is there, and you know in your heart that is the truth but fear putting that struggle down for whatever reason. The feeling of isolation is also a major theme – being alone in the desert, never having more than one person in the same space at the same time. Judging by the the way the woman is dressed (costumed,the props she is holding) and how we never really see her face, perhaps she is more symbolic or an abstraction of a feeling or an idea, rather than a literal woman that was part of the relationship, but I’m not sure. Interesting.

  96. 2- No product placement whatsoever, right?

    Nope. Which is a welcome thing to me.

    While not thrilled with the timing with the video and how long it took get it out, but I don’t think JIve skimped with the money spent on the video, so that pleases me.

  97. Without Jive or really any management I am not sure Kris would be where he is today, so I really don’t think anyone can blame his record company or management for much of anything. I know nothing of promotion in the music industry, but it seems that their is a reason behind the choices they make for Kris. When I met Kris in Chicago, he and his wife looked very happy, to have fans, to live their dream. Not everyone has to be Bieber or Drake, it is ok to be happy with what you have. Kris is lucky, (and I guarantee he knows it), just like all the Idols are in that he has 2 music videos, that are played on VH1, many artists would be happy with a fraction of the attention. As I said before, I think this video was really speaking to what it is like to be thrown into the spotlight, and having to deal with who you are in that spotlight, in this case it is the fame and music business (but that is my take, I may be wrong and it could be about a breakup which is fine too). When I mentioned Adam, I meant that he too sung about this in the same way with “What do you want from me.” I did see that the singing and Kris’s mouth were a little out of sync, but I think allot of MVids are, kind of adds to it, IMO.

  98. Not major fan of all Kris Allem’s music you could say .Find TT the song a good fit for HAC just a ballad not really edgy . The video unlike most bloggers here don’t find it to complicated or abstract I’ve seen some odd ones .It nice video not great , just does not grab me had trouble watching it for some reason maybe it’s the song. Yes I like that style.The burning guitars reminds Rhinna/Eminem video ..Hopefully for big Kris fans it will help out the song . Sorry I can’t lie and say it’s the greatest song/video even though its a style I like.

    ETA-Elephant in it? Think of what people would say…:)

  99. I’m pretty sure this video isn’t supposed to be that exciting because the song isn’t about excitement. It’s supposed to be about a painful breakup and a nightmare of nothingness. I think the song was transitioned to music video on point. That being said, I love the difference between this music video and LLWD. I’m sure then next one (pretty sure he’ll get the third single package deal) will be an upbeat and fun video.

  100. I love reading all these inciteful interpretations of the video. It reminds me of something Kris said to Michael Slezak during the Idoltry interview when he was talking about rearranging songs “it makes people think and I like that”. Kris would be pleased that the mv is making people think!

  101. I like the video and song. TT was actually one of my favorite songs on the album, but I didn’t want it to be a single because I didn’t want it to be picked to shreds. Oh well, we can’t always get what we want. I am glad that they didn’t take the lyrics and make them literal in the video. Just think what people would say if there were elephants and avalanches. LOL..

  102. Meh.. at first watch I didn’t think it was all that great. I asked my little cousin if she liked it and she said it was alright, boring.

  103. I don’t think JIve skimped with the money spent on the video, so that pleases me.

    you are kidding right?

  104. delacarpa:
    08/17/2010 at 11:42 am
    bridgette12:
    08/17/2010 at 11:08 am
    ComeBack2Me:
    08/17/2010 at 10:47 am

    I don’t think it’s going to be a hit

    .

    Sometimes you have to state the obvious

    .

    Time will tell, and I will remember you saying. Just saying

    .

    If I am wrong, you can remind me that I said it wouldn’t be a hit song. Like I said, the video is pretty, and the video is a good reflection of the song. But the big problem is with the choice of this particular song, released in the summer. It’s not a song that’s going to make a big impact on the pop chart, because it’s not upbeat or fun.

  105. I thought this video had hauntinly beautiful to look at (would of been more beautiflul if Kris was shirtless on the bed, or maybe worn a sleevelees undershirt).

    The imagery was amazing, took a few views to take it all in. I definitely think that the chest he is pulling around is ‘the baggage’ from the relationship.

    The elephant in the room is definitely Pat at 2:51 singing along but we can’t hear him. Bizarre.

    Liked this video, but I hope that Kris gets another director for his next one. WE’ve had two desert videos, time to move on.

  106. Thanks to everyone for contributing their ideas on the imagery – I especially like the actress holding the orb in her hand as representing her power over the two men, the heavy chest being dragged across the desert representing the emotional baggage, the burning book inside that represents the dying relationship. I hadn’t quite made it to these connections yet. I do love the dream-like quality of the shots of the woman (is she real or does she represent the idea of the perfect relationship) and the burning guitar tying into the idea of his perfect life going up in flames, and how everything will now change as a consequence.

    As someone mentioned, Kris has said he likes to do things that make people think, and I love that this video makes me wonder & think. I like it more each time I watch it, and to me it shows the director put a lot of thought into all the symbolism. Great job!

  107. This is a beautiful video. I love the visual contrasts between the water, cracked desert, and sky.

    Kris looks and sounds very mature and serious.

  108. It’s worth the wait. A classic interpretation of the abstract mind.
    Artistically and Beautifully done. Good cinematography.

    Pat’s part only justify him singing the bridge.

    People buy DVD or Music Video to enjoy it not just once… I would love to watch it in my big TV screen in the privates of my home with friends who enjoy the same artist or the same type of music.

    Congratulations KRIS ALLEN for the launching of your new video!

  109. Very pretty imagery, especially Kris, -naturally! Bugs me that his singing isn’t in sync with the music. Just watched Daugtry’s “no surprise” video and he DOES sing in sync, even though I thought the video wasn’t that great. Pat just getting thrown in there seemed silly, and his mannerisms are drastically different than Kris’..no mistaking they are different guys. Just glad it’s finally out. C’mon Kris fans, we have to get together and request like mad on Vh1..

  110. I really liked the artistic quality of the video. On a side note, I would have liked to see more Cindy and less Pat. Why was she only shown in shadow.

    Cindy Vela 2010 http://t.co/R6vCptU

  111. Must say, Pat standing in the middle of the desert begging for rain is sort of comical

    LOL.

    I actually like the song and I think the video is decent with some beautiful shots. I have to say Kris has a good physique and it does not hurt to show off a little bit in the video, sexiness sells.

    That said, I think the song is basically a AC or HAC song, so it’s no wonder that it is currently not doing that well in Pop. I am not sure if this video will help the song shooting up the chart in Pop.

  112. Bugs me that his singing isn’t in sync with the music.

    Watching the video on my dvr, I don’t see any point that Kris is not singing in sync with the music. The begining is slowed down a bit intentionally so that may be what some are referring to.

  113. Bugs me that his singing isn’t in sync with the music.

    I think the video copies are slightly out of sync. I think when the official online version is available the sync issues will go away.

  114. Okay now I get that the elephant in the room is the crumbling book. (crumbling inside) I appreciate all of the insight many of you have given here. And hey part of the elephant is there, the trunk. ;) (Sorry, and I’m sure I’m not the first one to mention this since we’ve known there was a trunk in there for a while. )

    Seriously, I understand that we don’t need to pick everything about it apart, but does anyone know what the strings are that are falling at one point?

    ETA: BTW, perhaps the jacket represents another kind of bondage…at the end no jacket, he’s finally letting go. Just a thought.

  115. Seriously, I understand that we don’t need to pick everything about it apart, but does anyone know what the strings are that are falling at one point?

    it got my attention too. I like to think that it represents the loose ends of the relationship and they can’t be resolved!

  116. Kristin, thank you!!!! For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what it was falling into the water. Oh course! Piano keys!!!! For some reason all I could think of was Tetris game pieces and that fit for me because I’m moving. A friend likened the packing, getting things out of storage, and moving to playing a game of Tetris.

    I’m sorry, but I’ve now watched this video 5 times and am waiting to watch it on VH1 on my TV. I can’t wait to see it in synch. It’s my biggest annoyance with watching stuff lifted from TV and then uploaded.

    I love the video (sorry) and think it’s beautiful (apologies) and really well done (mea culpa). I’ve even gotten over Pat Monahan being in it and can make sense of his being there. Of course, I really liked the song when I first heard it and it spoke to me personally.

    Some really nice imagery, beautiful lighting and photography, and, like most, I love the chandeliers. Watching ‘The Truth’ I keep finding more things I’ve missed on previous views. It’s much like watching classic movies and deconstructing them.

    Only real complaint is I wish there were more of Cindy Vela and that we could see her face. She’s a gorgeous girl. But I guess they want her to be a memory for the story line.

  117. He just doesn’t make sense here at all and just brings it down, IMO. Kris looked great.

    I agree. Pat was never needed on this song – at all. And most certainly has not added anything positive to the song or the video. Kris looks gorgeous as usual – but why did they put him in that jacket? Loved the chandeliers, Kris on a bed, the fire, most of the video actually (except for when Pat pops in).

  118. Does anyone know how many times VH1 showed it today and if iTunes is showing any effect yet?

    Another thought, Kris has looks that are very appealing to a younger audience(yes, I know older fans too,LOL). They really should play up this appeal and maybe give him a sexier vibe. Maybe this isn’t Kris and maybe it is too late, but if they slightly revamp his image (hell, just take off the damn jacket and have him wear tighter pants and t-shirts)it could make a big difference in his selling power. It’s not like he doesn’t have the goods to pull it off. Image is powerful and Kris’ boy next door, plaid loving look could maybe use a jolt, J/S? That is one thing I have to say about Pat. He is just sexier, he has that look in his eye and moves a little slinkier when he sings. I don’t know, just some thoughts.

  119. Abstract, symbolic imagery permits a nearly limitless range of interpretations, although some make much more sense than others. It’s because the meaning doesn’t lie on the surface; that would be too handy and would result in a loss for us all, losing it’s network and layers of meaning. Straightforward storytelling is fine. It’s like reading a fairytale, where the characters are easily identified and there is always a happily every after. It’s a little like playing checkers too. On the other hand, symbolic interpretations/storytelling are more like reading an involving novel with an ambiguous ending or, to extend the metaphor, it’s like playing chess. It makes us think (trademark Kris Allen).

    Additionally, one of the pleasures of this type of art is that we CAN all see it in different ways and still be right (within reason) — it’s made meaning for us.

    Most importantly we should notice how the piece of art makes us FEEL. Many said this felt sad. It felt that way for me as well. It’s definitely about an ending — so many things breaking, shattering, falling, burning — so it seems right that it should feel sad.

    Cindy not being seen very well or very much is also symbolic — they aren’t connected anymore, so, her absence is mental if not physical.

    The arid, emptiness of the desert, yep, a symbol of the condition of the relationship.

    The trunk, is the man simply trying to hold onto what they had, but it’s battered, heavy, an impediment. And the contents are falling apart, just like the couple.

    Wish I could interpret away Pat, but I got nothin’

    So, yeah, tl;dr — short version — symbolism good, video good, Kris pretty.

  120. Wish I could interpret away Pat, but I got nothin’

    Pat is clearly dressed in a way that makes him look a bit like Kris. Clearly, they want him to look like an older, annoying relative. You know the one. The one that keeps giving advice whether you want it or not. Kind of like Ron’s Auntie Muriel from the Harry Potter Series. At the beginning, he seems to just be mouthing words. We cannot hear him because Kris doesn’t want to here his advice. It is only near the end, when Kris comes to realize that the relationship is over, that he can hear the annoying relative nattering away.

    Okay. I’m just making this stuff up because it’s too hot to go outside just now.

  121. After reading this thread I just can’t get the picture out of my mind of some English teacher playing this video and then extoling her class to come up with all the obvious and not so obvious symbolism that attached itself to the video.

    I just can’t imagine the typical music video viewer having the desire or taking the time to do this. I would think that most of the audience will just view the video on the surface and decide from that whether they like it, whether it sells the song and Kris, and whether they choose to watch it again. I just don’t get the impression that MTV and VH1 watchers are into deep thinking and analyzing. I think they are more into thrills and spills, and sexy and fun and comical with hard driving sounds and visuals. But then its been a long time since I was in my late teens…so what the hell do I know.

  122. Kirsten:
    08/17/2010 at 2:38 pm
    Wish I could interpret away Pat, but I got nothin’

    Pat is clearly dressed in a way that makes him look a bit like Kris. Clearly, they want him to look like an older, annoying relative. You know the one. The one that keeps giving advice whether you want it or not. Kind of like Ron’s Auntie Muriel from the Harry Potter Series. At the beginning, he seems to just be mouthing words. We cannot hear him because Kris doesn’t want to here his advice. It is only near the end, when Kris comes to realize that the relationship is over, that he can hear the annoying relative nattering away.

    Okay. I’m just making this stuff up because it’s too hot to go outside just now.

    Kirsten did you just come up with that? Not too bad…and a very interesting interpretation.

  123. Okay. I’m just making this stuff up because it’s too hot to go outside just now.

    LOL. Here’s my “just making stuff up” take on Pat. It’s a representation to poor Kris of how he will end up, a warning if you will, if he doesn’t get his chest trimmed and move on with a new soul sister, mister mister. Oh, and keep writing much better lyrics than Mr. M.

  124. Seriously, I understand that we don’t need to pick everything about it apart, but does anyone know what the strings are that are falling at one point?

    I’m curious about that as well. I thought they might be piano wires or guitar strings. Something from the destroyed instruments maybe?

    They look like electrical wires to me. It looks like one has an end that’s stripped/exposed. Probably somebody got too much heat exposure and decided they looked cool and filmed them dancing in the breeze. LOL. Like the plastic bag from American Beauty.

    Or, his nerves are like jangling wires with their ends exposed. Twitching away. LOL

  125. After reading this thread I just can’t get the picture out of my mind of some English teacher playing this video and then extoling her class to come up with all the obvious and not so obvious symbolism that attached itself to the video

    .
    And LOL Tess as well. It’s not about analyzing rather than enjoying. Of course there are people who just watch for the visual, which this has in spades, in my opinion. For some analyzing is enjoying. For others, the messages will be unconcious, kind of that whole “this video makes me sad” thing.

    Oh, and LOL also at the person who wants Kris to wear tighter pants and shirts. Have you seen any of his tour videos? Much tighter and the boy will be poppin’ out.

  126. They look like electrical wires to me. It looks like one has an end that’s stripped/exposed.

    I don’t know if there is a special name but it looks to be the guitar cable that connects a electric guitar to the amp. There appears to be only one really long one. You can see the tip that plugs in on the right.

  127. Hahahaha, I really really loved it UNTIL Pat appeared, HUH? Plopped in is the right description, there is no connection between Kris and Pat. Unless the breakup song was a break-up between those two guys, and we all know that is not the case. Oh well, it is what it is, I just wished for something more, something better?

  128. It’s just a music video — not as mesmerizing as the LLWD one, which was unusually gorgeous and dream-life, but pretty in places if annoying in the variable quality of the sound-sync with Kris’s lips.

    Since when did music videos need to make sense? They’ve been all over the map for years, and I definitely prefer this arty feeling to the many hump-a-rumpa “sexy” music-vids which are so. boring.

    As for the song, who knows? Everything Kris sings is filled with the passion of his delivery. I’m just already getting antsy to hear his newer music, stuff he’s had more time to contemplate and perfect on his next recording (whenever that arrives). This thing of milking an album for single after single is a tedious marketing ploy.

    I love that John Lennon REFUSED to have any of the Beatles singles on their albums! Speaking of the Beatles, their music-vids (they sort of invented the rock version of the genre) sometimes made no sense either — unless, of course, you were stoned:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A4r2RU1u3g

  129. I don’t know if there is a special name but it looks to be the guitar cable that connects a electric guitar to the amp.

    Patch cord?

  130. Cookcricket and Kristen I thought of the musical instruments, too, when I saw the strings.

    Kirsten:
    08/17/2010 at 2:51 pm
    Like the plastic bag from American Beauty.

    OMG, Kristin, the plastic bag! That’s what I remember most about American Beauty. Funny that we are discussing imagery and symbolism and artistic representation and you bring that up – because that imagine was such a big deal for me. So poignant and beautiful and lonely and painful. And that places me squarely in an odd category for some on this thread who aren’t interested in the symbolism.

    Actually, I think this video can be entertaining and engaging for those who don’t have any interest in the deeper meaning, as well as for those that do.

    I showed it to my teenage son this morning and he was humming “The Truth” at lunch. When I called him on it he smiled and said, “well, it’s a good song.”

  131. Abstract, symbolic imagery permits a nearly limitless range of interpretations, although some make much more sense than others. It’s because the meaning doesn’t lie on the surface; that would be too handy and would result in a loss for us all, losing it’s network and layers of meaning. Straightforward storytelling is fine. It’s like reading a fairytale, where the characters are easily identified and there is always a happily every after. It’s a little like playing checkers too. On the other hand, symbolic interpretations/storytelling are more like reading an involving novel with an ambiguous ending or, to extend the metaphor, it’s like playing chess. It makes us think (trademark Kris Allen).

    Just my 2 Cents: Sometimes less is more. Sometimes art “tries too hard” and undermines it’s own symbolic intent. I think this video is more of a Jackson Pollock than a Picasso. I don’t “get” Pollock but I love Picasso.

    Maybe this video will grow on me, but I think the whole thing would have worked better if these disparate images of crumbling, exploding, burning things were in a desolate interior rather than out in the vast desert.

  132. Speaking of the Beatles, their music-vids (they sort of invented the rock version of the genre) sometimes made no sense either — unless, of course, you were stoned:

    Oh, they still pretty much made no sense; we just thought they did (profound world-changing sense) — again, layers of meaning, mileage may vary, open to multiple interpretations, ouch, thinking hurts, watch on any level you want, buy Kris’ stuff.

  133. Gorgeous! I’m a major sucker for Dali-surrealist-imagery-abstract crap so I’m easily swayed here.

    Loved:
    Kris
    The wide shots of the desert
    Kris
    The chandeliers
    Kris
    The door, chest, and shattering stuff at the beginning
    Kris in bed (I want to go to there)
    The lack of elephant
    The lack of an elephant on fire, shattering, or carrying Ke$ha

    Hated:
    Pat doing the rain dance
    Pat wearing the outfit that Kris shoulda been
    Pat in general
    Kris not shirtless
    The girl (just cuz she’s got swirly curtain stuff billowing around her does not make her an effective prop) OR if you are going to have her, use her, show her face maybe?

    Overall, visually stunning yet slightly underwhelming. IMO they had beautiful images but they could’ve done more with them, not necessarily to tell a narrative, but to build the emotion. For example we have all these random objects of glass at the beginning: a mirror, an hourglass, and a glass globe. It would have been interesting to play with that a little more, maybe as the song progresses have those objects start to shatter or reflect the image of fire and water, or light up, or morph into the chandeliers at the end.

    Dropping random stuff here and there is fine, I just think they could’ve become more integral pieces to the overall theme.

    Sorry, I really like talking about MVs :)

  134. Posted from KAO:

    “The Truth” Online Premiere on Yahoo! Tomorrow
    Ready for the online premiere of the video for “The Truth”? Then get ready for tomorrow, because the video for “The Truth” will be making its web premiere exclusively on Yahoo! Music so head there tomorrow morning to watch the video over and over again.

  135. The Truth isn’t a really bad song – it’s just not a very good one. There are other tracks that I like much more – “Alright with Me” and “Bring It Back.” The latter I find quite poignant. This video, however, despite some beautiful images, has problems. It is too reminiscent of Kris’s first with the desert/piano, etc. Kris is very cute looking, but he does not move particularly well and, as a result, the video is static. Monahan, annoyingly, provides one of the few moments of dynamism with his small contribution. After reading through this thread, and noting the enthusiastic comments, went back to the video to take another look. Emerged even less enthusiastic. But tastes are so different – hope the video gives the song a nice push and that Kris goes on to make a better album.

  136. Just watched Kris’s The Truth Video and have to say I love it. It’s so Imaginative and well done. I also think that anything Kris puts him mind to, he will succeed in, very determinded young man.. Good Job Kris.

  137. Tess:
    08/17/2010 at 2:42 pm
    After reading this thread I just can’t get the picture out of my mind of some English teacher playing this video and then extoling her class to come up with all the obvious and not so obvious symbolism that attached itself to the video.

    I just can’t imagine the typical music video viewer having the desire or taking the time to do this. I would think that most of the audience will just view the video on the surface and decide from that whether they like it, whether it sells the song and Kris, and whether they choose to watch it again. I just don’t get the impression that MTV and VH1 watchers are into deep thinking and analyzing. I think they are more into thrills and spills, and sexy and fun and comical with hard driving sounds and visuals. But then its been a long time since I was in my late teens…so what the hell do I know.

    This isn’t the first abstract video in the history of music. There have been plenty of surreal and artsy videos, and some have even won awards, even awards from those shallow thinking people at MTV.

  138. I usually come here under another name but I don’t want anyone to get mad at me – I am a total Kris fan and love his music. After watching the video twice I have a couple thoughts:

    1. Whoever made the decision that P.M. should be interjected into TT in any way should be fired immediately and sent packing on the next Train far, far, far away

    2. Kris needs a new stylist pronto for major events. The jacket NO. If you could talk him into P.M. on the song and video, surely you can convince him to take his jacket off in the 110 degree desert heat. And where were his skinny jeans for craps frickin sake?

    3. Kris has obvious musical talents. Sell his assets: his sexy, his pretty, his soulfulness.

    I will now watch the video for it’s artistic merit and his beautiful face…I mean voice.

  139. Please cut out the Pat guy ASAP JIVE! He doesn’t belong in that video. He sounds awful too. Kris is fine by himself. I actually really like the video and song without the Pat guy. I think Pat screwed the emotion in the song completely but that is just me. :) Kris’s voice is so beautiful in this song, why do they have to mess with it? The duet idea is stupid. Now in the future maybe a Kris/Keith Urban video would be nice. :) lol…

  140. My take….the parts are all beautiful….Kris looks fantastic….but I don’t feel like everything works with the song….I too thought Pat M was Kris the first time I saw him….I thought to myself oh look at Kris looking cool with the glasses….Oh and the Mirror I think could be Kris’s homage to MJ and the Man in the Mirror…To find the Truth one needs to be reflective…yadda yadda….. I think it is a cool video and Kris again look fantastic but I don’t know if it is a MV I would want to watch over and over again. I will because its Kris and get him view and hits. I feel the Pat M cameo is just so out of place…..The video would actually be better if Pat was not in it…IMHO…Nothing against him.

  141. Okay, don’t kill me, but when I first saw Pat, I thought he was Kris. Of course, I was still waking up so that could be why. LOL Anyways, it’s not quite what I was expecting (guess I built it up too much in my mind) but it’s still very nice. And I’ve loved reading everyone’s thoughts/opinions/interpretations.

  142. I watched the MV again to see how I feel and I did like it better the second time but I kind of feel I don’t really need to see it again. Again, the chandelier part is my favorite, seeing that beauty and elegance come apart and be destroyed is great imagery and seems to suit the song. As far as Pat goes he still makes no sense but…I am NOT a Train fan but I have to say Pat’s singing style, the way he moves, something about his energy is a real contrast to Kris’, and not in a way flattering to Kris. Even in those short segments, Pat seems to have more charisma and frankly, this is Kris’ video so nothing should take away from Kris, JMO.

  143. sr4mjc, pop will happen once The Truth gets momentum on HAC, which it’s doing now. Breakeven took a hell of a long time to climb both charts. Pink’s Glitter in the Air has been creeping it’s way up the HAC charts and finally hit it big. John Mayer’s Heartbreak Warfare is making headway on Pop after it struck big on HAC. Kris needed a presence on radio after LLWD went recurrent. I believe The Truth is just at the beginning of a long run on the charts. If I recall correctly, many people had similar thoughts about LLWD. I betcha not many on this blog would have predicted a platinum plus hit on Kris Allen’s hands. I’m not clairvoyant, can’t see into the future, but I do have a really good feeling about this song.

  144. I really love this video. I’ve watched it at least ten times and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. It is so much better than others that are out there. I even like it better than LLWD, though I love the similarities between the two. To me, the loneliness, the desolation of the vast spaces and sky, the lighting, all highlight the lyrics of the song. I love the image of Kris pulling the trunk across the desert.

    I disagree with those of you who say he needs to be more sexy in the video because that sells. An entertainer might do that, but Kris is an artist. Kris is all about the music and interpreting the music and that kind of attention to detail is what careers are built upon. There is nothing wrong with appealing to a smaller, more discerning audience that appreciates artistry rather than feeding the appetites of the masses. In the mv he looks tired and drawn, which fits the lyrics – even the jacket is symbolic of “trying to be perfect,” trying to look perfect on the outside when inside he’s crumbling.

    And to those of you who say TT will never be a hit because it is not a Pop song, why is doing well on Pop the determining factor as to whether a song is a hit? There are other genres of music. It is already #18 on HAC, its intended format. There are many other artists who would love to get a song into the Top 20 on HAC. TT may not sell as many downloads as LLWD, the mood of the song is totally different and is not going to appeal to as wide an audience (Christian radio, for example). We will have to wait and see. It is funny to remember all the dire predictions about LLWD, the song that is still on the charts after being out almost 11 months and has sold more than 1.525 downloads. HAC songs do tend to transition to AC and stick around for a long time, so the jury is still out on TT. Can’t wait until the video is on iTunes! Oh – the videos on YouTube don’t seem to have the same synch problems, so it appears to be a download issue.

  145. I have liked the song since the cd came out, it’s one of my favorites on the cd. Was kind of hoping for an elephant in the video:)

    Seriously, I did like the video, it’s really more abstract than I thought. If I didn’t know who Pat Monohan was or why he was in the video, I probably would have thought he was supposed to be an older version of Kris.

  146. I just watched the MV a few more times after having seen it only once this morning. And my takeaway now is that the visuals really help me feel the emotion of this song even more. So for me, it doesn’t matter that I still don’t like the Pat M parts. It is really a gorgeous, classy video. My favorite part is when Kris is singing in front of the mirror-that part the emotion really comes across for me. I think the video will help sell this song.

  147. Masieta: I love the image of Kris pulling the trunk across the desert. I disagree with those of you who say he needs to be more sexy in the video because that sells.

    I agree.

    chris4kris: …the visuals really help me feel the emotion of this song even more…. It is really a gorgeous, classy video…. I think the video will help sell this song.

    I agree. Have watched it numerous times already which is very unusual for me. Beautiful and moving. I rarely buy videos but am going to buy this one and the single. It will be the first Kris Allen song in my music library.

  148. Very cool video and I love it!!! So many beautiful scenes esp. the shots with Kris falling off the piano and he looks absolutely gorgeous with the chandeliers.. should have known that Kris and chandeliers will be a great combination esp. because he has such crystal clear skin… My husband says the song sounds better on the video than on the radio.. not sure that’s a good thing…

    And I agree with Chris4Kris on “the visuals really help me feel the emotion of this song even more…. It is really a gorgeous, classy video…”

  149. Just watched it a few more times, and I find that the more I watch it, the more I love it! I really like the part where you just see Kris’s silhouette (kind of on the horizon) and he is singing at the mic stand-I find that he really conveys an intensity of emotion just with the way he is moving (and his vocals), even though you can’t see his face.

  150. I really love the video and I was a little afraid I wasn’t going to like it – due to a variety of issues, mostly having to do with wardrobe :) (that ugly jacket and flowery shirt) and a little bit of worry about what exactly Pat was going to be doing. While I still hate the jacket (really wardrobe people? really?) The flowery shirt actually looks good in the dark, and Pat kinda blends into the desert for me. I’m okay with him. I absolutely love the cinematography, and the chandeliers, orbs, random piano and bed. There’s a lot going on in the video – for a video full of nothing. It suits the song, and as a fan of the song, it works for me.

  151. I love this video. I love all the comments and thoughts. So many things I missed this morning. Dreams seldom make sense. The thoughts that could change everything. It is a sad thing that is happening. It evokes emotion. It leaves us feeling something. Dreams, sometimes they give perspective, sometimes they don’t. They don’t give answers. The imagery and symbolism here are stunning. This video is very well done.

  152. aa618892:
    08/17/2010 at 8:01 pm
    …I am NOT a Train fan but I have to say Pat’s singing style, the way he moves, something about his energy is a real contrast to Kris’, and not in a way flattering to Kris. Even in those short segments, Pat seems to have more charisma and frankly, this is Kris’ video so nothing should take away from Kris, JMO.

    I disagree with this opinion. IMO Pat seems more ‘staged’ in his appearance and therefore appears less natural then Kris. Also, Kris overall motion is a bit more introverted than in the LLWD which makes a lot of sense since all the lyrics are about what going on in the head of the guy. For me, Kris is a ‘natural’ and it’s great… he doesn’t even has to act!

  153. The Truth is a very beautiful song. I wish the video had done it some justice, but it didn’t, no it didn’t. There was so much potential here. Hopefully, people will just listen to the song and the lyrics and just ignore the stupid imagery of Pat Monihan. Again, it is a beautiful song.

  154. Love all the armchair quarterbacking on this blog. He should have done this/that. The vid means this/that.

    Kris is his own artist with his own vision (along with TPTB). Most videos don’t have a “storyline” so the critic of that is a moot point. If this vid gets more sales for Kris’ single, then it’s done it’s job.

    And to those of you who say TT will never be a hit because it is not a Pop song, why is doing well on Pop the determining factor as to whether a song is a hit? There are other genres of music. It is already #18 on HAC, its intended format. There are many other artists who would love to get a song into the Top 20 on HAC. TT may not sell as many downloads as LLWD, the mood of the song is totally different and is not going to appeal to as wide an audience (Christian radio, for example). We will have to wait and see. It is funny to remember all the dire predictions about LLWD, the song that is still on the charts after being out almost 11 months and has sold more than 1.525 downloads. HAC songs do tend to transition to AC and stick around for a long time, so the jury is still out on TT.

    ITA! Pop is not the be all to end all. Many artists sell millions and have long careers and are not pop artists.

    I like the video. Kris looks great. End of story.

  155. This is usually the type of visuals I like, technically clean, crisp, sharp, yet with some degree of softness & fluidity in movements. Individually each motion is aesthetically well-done & I agree that this might get a nod for best cinematography. The symbolisms, broken glasses, falling pieces, tangled objects, burnt items, fading away are not hard to grasp because they’re so commonly used to mean troubled relationships. And because they threw A LOT in there, the video became more of an art showcase and stripped away the rawness of the song & to some degree engulfed Kris. Pat’s appearance broke the flow and derailed my train of thoughts from that point and onward. The song just failed to connect to me. I’ll remember the visual but I’ll forget the song. IDK, maybe the song is just that weak in the first place & the video can’t do much about it.

  156. Proud of Kris! Very good song, staying true to himself! Great video! I truly expect this song to climb the charts and the album to take off!

  157. Beautiful video…it looks so delightfully 1997 or something.

    Yeah the Pat Monahan appearances are uncomfortable at best…but hey, at least maybe it’ll spawn some creeper fanfiction where Pat and Kris are singing to each other. they’ll probably call it “Kranahan”

  158. I agree, I think the video is beautifully shot. Beyond that, I don’t think it will be much help in selling the song. Pat Monahan’s sequences appear to be badly spliced together. At first glance, he’s almost made up to look like Kris – which is creepy. And I just think there are way too many symbolisms in the video. Once again, we see Kris playing guitar and piano throughout. With the 2nd video, I wanted to see more of a storyline.

  159. I love this song and couldn’t wait for the video to come out and I must say that this video has far exceeded my expectations! The more I watch it the more I LOVE IT! There is so much that I want to say about this video (all positive) but will post later. I think the dream concept is a perfect fit for this song and showcases Kris’s natural ability to emotionally connect with a song vocally and visually in addition to demonstrating his many layers of talent.

  160. Really liked the video, it is one that I think I will enjoy more and more at each viewing. It may have its faults coughPatcough but I enjoy this type of video rather than the writh around half naked types that seem to be popular these days. I don’t think the song is weak either Esqt, you just obviously don’t like the song but plenty of others do.

    ETA – totally agree with you Shanba.

  161. Finally got to see this video. I love it, and of course it helps that I love, love the song ever since I’ve heard it and I love everything Kris. Yes, Kris is way overdressed as always, but he still looks great.
    I rather that Pat is not there at all and that the video shows the face of the pretty lady, but what can you do ?

    I feel that the appearance of Pat in the single and in the video maybe is needed for the second single to come through. Who knows what the back story on that one, but hopefully this means that Jive will release a third single from Kris album (Alright With Me, pleeeease).

    Overall, I’m happy and we’ll see if the mv will help sell the song.

  162. That being said, Kris does look like a real star here, emoting expertly for the camera and braving the desert elements like a trouper. Apparently Kris Allen can handle “The Truth.”

    —Lindsey Parker

    This. I believe this is the bottom line. This is the very reason I can tolerate Pat M. being in this video. Kris’s star quality, to me, overpowers any awkwardness PM adds to the video. Thank you for the link Triskal4.

  163. It’s pretty! :).

    Still bitter that they put Pat Monahan in the song. I still have the bitter rage at hearing him “ruin” the bridge and after hearing him terribly warble on Hey, Soul Sister one too many times on the radio. To his credit, he sounds a TON better here. Still wish Kris had the bridge (and the entire song, for that matter), and I wish they didn’t go right from the chorus to the second verse, I liked that little string part.

    Kris also should’ve not worn a shirt >_>.

  164. watched the MV – to be quite honest, I too like MV playing like a little story… but visually it was nice – it reminded me of the desert scene in Pirates of the Carribean, part III I think?

  165. I really like this video and can’t wait to buy it on itunes. My favorite part is the chandelier scene. I also really like the way they used the girl in the video, it just seems to fit. To me, the video does tell a story, just not one that is in your face obvious.It makes you think, but if you are not into that, there is a lot of pretty things to look at too. My least favorite part is Pat, but I don’t think he takes away from the video, just seems odd that he is there.

    Love the video, proud of Kris…

  166. I’ve watched the video a half dozen times over the past 24 hrs. and I’ve gone from Hmmmm to I really like it! Not love it–but I may be getting there. It is soooo pretty and haunting! I think the beautiful imagery does a good job conveying the message of the song. Yes, I could have done w/o Pat (*sigh*), and he wouldn’t be so jarring on the bridge if he was shot in the sunset colors that Kris is bathed in by that point in the song. Maybe ditching the sunglasses, too, would’ve helped sustain the mood better since they scream “look at me–I’m cool” and don’t go with the song’s vibe. He bothers me less and less, though, the more I watch it.

    I wish there was less of the piano and guitar playing, too, since Kris doesn’t play either when he does TT with his band, which is how I saw him last Saturday and he sang this song with such passion, even dropping to his knees after the bridge. That would have been nice to see in the video. But the g/p are part of Kris’ “brand” so there you go.

    The chandeliers and his outfit for that scene are my favorite parts, but I do love those sunset silouette shots w/the mic stand, too–just gorgeous!

    Even though I don’t like the issues Kris faced in having this song as his second single (Pat, shortened song), the average viewer doesn’t know these things. They can just watch and enjoy the beautiful video. So, overall, I’d say good job, Kris and Co.! I’m going to be hopeful that it will help propel the song onward and upward on the charts and sales. *fingers crossed–I really want to believe you evanjane*

  167. Hoosiermama-I really like what you said about the parts with Pat–I couldn’t figure out what was bothering me so much about his appearances and why they just seemed misplaced (well aside from him being there at all!)

    …he wouldn’t be so jarring on the bridge if he was shot in the sunset colors that Kris is bathed in by that point in the song. Maybe ditching the sunglasses, too, would’ve helped sustain the mood better since they scream “look at me–I’m cool” and don’t go with the song’s vibe. He bothers me less and less, though, the more I watch it.

    I also agree with this completely:

    I wish there was less of the piano and guitar playing, too, since Kris doesn’t play either when he does TT with his band, which is how I saw him last Saturday and he sang this song with such passion, even dropping to his knees after the bridge. That would have been nice to see in the video. But the g/p are part of Kris’ “brand” so there you go.

    I kind of progressed like you did in starting out not so sure about how much I like it but with each watching I grew to like it more…and as of last night and this morning I really love it! So I predict if you keep watching it, you’ll eventually love it too!

  168. I’m loving the video. I guess videos with strong visual imagery are going to also be part of Kris’s brand.

  169. I love it, and of course it helps that I love, love the song ever since I’ve heard it and I love everything Kris. Yes, Kris is way overdressed as always, but he still looks great.

    I think it’s good that they gave him a different look from the last video. Rather than always sticking to the same style of clothing. I noticed from the stills that he didn’t wear jeans in any part of the video. Even the tighter dark pants he wears with the lavender t-shirt aren’t jeans. I think the somewhat elegant wardrobe works as a contrast to the stark desert setting.

  170. me back to mjs world after ages! loving the video here and favourite scenes include chandelier breaking and trunk opening. i haven’t followed TT’s success so not really sure how its doing in the charts or in the sales (i know me being a bad kris fan)

    and for one moment, i thought Pat was Kris and was wondering why is Kris wearing sunglasses and has a bigger head? second time coming, realised it was Pat. kinda weird to have him in the vid though.

    so hows the vid helping the sales? anyone know?

  171. The Truth is a very beautiful song. I wish the video had done it some justice, but it didn’t, no it didn’t.

    I think it did, yes it did.

  172. The more I watch the more I like, a few things that ‘bothered’ me the first time I didn’t even notice after a few viewings, except for Pat – well I don’t dislike him that much except it would have been better without him. Can’t they just cut Pat out and put in some more pretty.
    I think the video did do it justice, and of course it wouldn’t matter how it was done,some people would not be happy.

  173. Has anyone figured out the wall, when Kris walks toward it and looks so curiously. Is that a mirror on that wall? If not, what is it? That sure has bugged me.

  174. This video just keeps getting better and better to me.

    My favorite part is at 3:55…during the chandelier section, at 3:55 he takes two steps and I swear, he’s so dang hot taking those two steps.

    It’s the little things… ;)

  175. Has anyone figured out the wall, when Kris walks toward it and looks so curiously. Is that a mirror on that wall? If not, what is it? That sure has bugged me.

    i think through the wall, we see the wall and it would repeat itself … i tought it was the most surreal item of the video

  176. karenc:
    08/17/2010 at 9:13 pm

    I have liked the song since the cd came out, it’s one of my favorites on the cd. Was kind of hoping for an elephant in the video:)

    Seriously, I did like the video, it’s really more abstract than I thought. If I didn’t know who Pat Monohan was or why he was in the video, I probably would have thought he was supposed to be an older version of Kris.

    I have just returned from a week away – so I was really looking forward to watching this video. Thanks MJ for the International friendly version!!
    I agree with you Karen about Pat- I also had the thought that he looked like the older version of Kris who had worked through his problems [ to me the video then makes sense !!]
    Also I was expecting an elephant somewhere [ so glad there wasn’t one though]
    I had to watch this twice to take everything in & I love it. The best part to me is the chandeliers breaking – very effective.[ Also in a few places where we’ve lived there have been cheap chandeliers & I so wanted to smash them – loved it]
    Also liked the rotating hourglass image [ which also ties in with the theme that time heals wounds – going back again to Pat being the older version of Kris , who has survived the heartache!!]
    I also think the sound track is more uniform here than the other recorded version with Pat [ maybe its just that there are visuals as a distraction ]

  177. I am NOT a Train fan but I have to say Pat’s singing style, the way he moves, something about his energy is a real contrast to Kris’, and not in a way flattering to Kris.

    Totally agree. Pat’s appearance IS jarring but, honestly, his performance has some energy, whereas Kris’ doesn’t … as usual. Sorry.

  178. Love the video. Kris’s demeanor exudes melancholia. Perfect and befitting for The Truth.

  179. Totally agree. Pat’s appearance IS jarring but, honestly, his performance has some energy, whereas Kris’ doesn’t … as usual. Sorry.

    If by energy you mean overacting, then yes, Pat has more ‘energy’ than Kris. But your ‘as usual’ comment is a bit laughable. You have obviously not bothered to watch any videos of Kris in concert. The guy is a perpetual motion machine.

    Oh yes, forgot to add. Sorry. (No I’m not.)

  180. I am NOT a Train fan but I have to say Pat’s singing style, the way he moves, something about his energy is a real contrast to Kris’, and not in a way flattering to Kris.

    Totally agree. Pat’s appearance IS jarring but, honestly, his performance has some energy, whereas Kris’ doesn’t … as usual. Sorry.

    You certainly have the right to your opinions but to me – Pat didn’t get into the spirit of the video at all [ probably as he’s been an afterthought all along]. Kris’s performance here is perfect for the setting & mood they were trying to create !!

  181. I love the song, for some reason it reminds me of Kradam, whatever; anyway, I love it and I love the artistry of the video- very beautiful creative piece of art.

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