GALA - Let A Boy Cry

01 February Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Let A Boy Cry - Gala |

I doubt I'll get the chance to review GALA again, so of course, I was going to review one of her old music videos for my backdated Thursday Revisit. Surprisingly, I had never heard of this song, even though it charted in the UK at number 11 back in 1997; I just guess trance never really got to me as a kid; to be fair, we're all just rediscovering "Freed From Desire" since DJs absolutely adore the song and continue to play it in the clubs nowadays. It's that song that is the reason I'm reviewing this music video right now. Watch GALA perform her song about it being okay to be different and who you are in this pro-LGBT music video for her song "Let A Boy Cry".

GALA, full name Gala Rizzatto, is an Italian singer who made her name known in the 90's when her track "Freed From Desire" became an international hit. This song was the follow-up and did moderately okay for that time - nowadays if she had pulled off those chart numbers it would've been considered another international hit; however, that's only in some countries; in others, it did better than her previous track, such as in her home country of Italy. Since then, she's released more singles and more albums and has clearly continued her passion for music. This song was written by Filippo Andrea Carmeni, Gala Rizzatto, and Maurizio Molella.

This music video is in black and white, which automatically makes me dislike it, I don't care that it's a 90's music video, that doesn't give it a good enough reason to be in black and white. I understand it is used so that the gold can stand out more, but the same effect could've been done using colour.

Putting that aside, GALA does give a pretty good performance of the song, considering she is surrounded by extras who take a role in the portrayal of the narrative. We see people from the LGBT+ community being themselves.

There's a lot of sweet moments and, for the 90's, it's good to see that something like this was being filmed and shown. On the other hand, there's nothing substantial and heart-warming. No one would say a thing if it was showing women putting lipstick on or straight couples holding hands. They don't try to identify the issue at play and instead of showing us a loving narrative, we're left with scenes that don't really come together to portray a story. Kudos go to the gold vs silver thing going on and the concept - even if it didn't work out quite so well.
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