By Kristen Baldwin and Jim Farber
Updated November 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Alive (Music Video - P.O.D.)

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1. RYAN ADAMS ”New York, New York” Filmed on Sept. 7, the video features Adams strumming a bittersweet ode to both the city and a tumultuous romance while standing under the Brooklyn Bridge, with the Manhattan skyline as his backdrop. Along with the fast-forward footage of the Big Apple in motion is the sad and lovely image of the Twin Towers. Seeing it now — and hearing Adams’ wry chorus ”Hell, I still love you, New York” — is exhilarating. A — Kristen Baldwin

2. BJORK ”Hidden Place” Bodily fluids play a big part in the new Bjork video. But here they express sensuality in the deepest possible way. The directing team of Inez & Vinoodh zooms in on the artist’s face while computer-generated tears, saliva, and blood snake gracefully in and out of her eyes, nose, and mouth. Their elegant movement and the immense pleasure Bjork takes in their entry and escape mirror the theme of the song: to savor the inner self. With innovation and verve, the video’s images celebrate the flow of life. A — Jim Farber

3. MICHAEL JACKSON ”You Rock My World” Clearly, the ’80s never died for Michael Jackson: His ”comeback” seems more like a rewind, through the numbing length of his ”Thriller” video (which ran more than 13 minutes), the plot of his ”Smooth Criminal” clip, and a script whose ”jokes” keep referring to the star’s aging solo hits. Jackson insists on playing the least likely roles here: as sexual hound dog and tough guy. Comedian Chris Tucker, his sidekick, is reduced to simply plugging Jackson’s past. In another bit of name-dropping, they’ve shoehorned Marlon Brando in as an underworld don. Unfortunately, even the gawk appeal of these ”Wacko Jacko” moments has been exhausted: Now they just make the eyes glaze. D — JF

4. P.O.D. ”Alive” There’s nothing like a depiction of a near-death experience to get the juices flowing. Director Paul Hunter creates a doozy in P.O.D.’s clip. The scenario is simple enough: A kid in a car gets broadsided by a city bus. But the deep indigo cinematography, the imposing architecture of the roadway, and the charisma of the band capture something primal. When the kid crawls from the wreckage and the metal music swells, the clip both communicates a sense of rebirth and delivers a rush. B+ — JF

5. PINK ”Get This Party Started” After strutting in her skivvies for the trashy-chic ”Lady Marmalade” video, Pink wants us to know she’s a homegirl, not a hooker. Director Dave Meyers puts a hip-hop gloss on this girls’-night-out clip by breaking out the fish-eye lens, draping Pink in blinging gold jewelry, and generally infusing the video with a whiff of big-pimpin’ parody. Still, it isn’t enough to separate ”Party” from the typical let’s-all-bare-our-tummies-and-dance pop offering. C+

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Alive (Music Video - P.O.D.)

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