Credit: YouTube Photo: Kelly Clarkson People Like Us Video

In a throwback to Pleasantville, Kelly Clarkson’s new “People Like Us” music video saves us from a world of black and white with an explosion of color and sound. The video features the former American Idol winner as a member of a group of black and white scientists studying a young girl who is in bright, contrasting color to the world around her.

As the video plays, Kelly’s secret identity as another being of color emerges after she pulls out a bright yellow Nokia phone (nice product placement there) to take photos of the girl. Then she sneaks into the girl’s room and reveals that under her black and white makeup, she is made of color too. The video ends with Kelly and the girl running off to join a group of “People Like Us” while the scientists and their thugs are left gaping in confusion.

Now that Kelly is a happily engaged woman (with a wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock in the works), her music has less of a bitter, angry edge than it used to. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s any less powerful.

While “People Like Us” may not be one of Kelly Clarkson’s biggest hits, we are grooving to the ‘misfits’ vibe going on in this video. Overall, “People Like Us” reminds a lot of a P!nk outcasts ballad like “Perfect” or “Try” — which we mean as a definite compliment.