See Usher Get His Gun in Tortured ‘Climax’ Video
R&B smoothie contemplates revenge in clip for one of 2012's most endlessly replayable tracks
“Climax,” it’s been observed since Usher celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Diplo-produced new song of that title, isn’t a particularly sexy word. Then again, neither is “promiscuous,” though Nelly Furtado’s Timbaland-produced song of that title happened to be one of the most aggressively lustful hits of 2006 (does that help our case or hurt it? We say helps!). Probably among the least sexy things in the world, for women and the men who love them, are the inevitable attempts by recent ex-boyfriends to reestablish contact. And yet here we are.
This exquisite electro-soul ballad, as we’ve kept trying to leave blind Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ house in Arrested Development.)
The newly posted video, however, shows a breakup that has already happened, as Usher sits outside his ex-girlfriend’s house with a gun in the glove compartment. He’s begging. He’s imploring. He’s peering into our souls. But we’ll give you no resolution until you watch the video.