The video starts off with a shot of a flipped car, windows shattered and smoke pouring out around it. Then, we see Lambert inside, facedown in the wreckage ― “a metaphor for her messy personal life,” Rolling Stone suggests.
Despite the accident looking like a complete disaster, Lambert manages to wake up in an instant, drag herself out of the window and walk away unscathed. Like, she doesn’t even have a single scratch on her and her shimmery eye shadow isn’t the least bit smudged.
The 32-year-old walks to the nearest town to drink away the pain and eventually finds the strength to move on. All the while lyrics like, “Another vice, another call / Another bed I shouldn’t crawl out of” and “If you need me / I’ll be where my reputation don’t precede me,” play over the visuals.
In Lambert’s own words, “Vice” is “a very clear image of somebody that’s just willing to lay it out there and be honest.”
Watch the whole video above.