Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper

A Star Is Born [2018] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

There's a narrative to the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper's 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, one that mirrors the one told in the movie. Often, the album features dialogue ripped from the screen -- a full 15 tracks, actually, amounting to seven minutes of this 74-minute album -- which means A Star Is Born almost plays like a Disney record from the '60s or '70s: it's designed to tide listeners over until they get a chance to see the movie again. Of course, A Star Is Born is a musical, so its soundtrack is filled with full-fledged songs, all of which serve the story that the dialogue gooses along. Strip out the distracting dialogue tracks and the plot of A Star Is Born is still evident, as the music moves from the grungy Americana of Cooper's character, through his affecting duets with Lady Gaga, toward her flashy pop, and then culminating with "I'll Never Love Again," the song where the two estranged lovers reunite. Each of these phases is expertly executed. Lukas Nelson assists Cooper in the rangy grunge of "Black Eyes," while Jason Isbell's spare "Maybe It's Time" is an affecting slice of Americana. The second stage, where Gaga is duetting with Cooper, fuses their sensibilities seamlessly, particularly on the aching ballad "Shallow" and loping country-rock of "Music to My Eyes," which was co-written by Nelson and Gaga. Her pop section plays like its own EP, and it's snappy, stylish, and savvy, particularly on the retro-disco of "Why Did You Do That?" and soulful "Heal Me." All the songs make sense narratively and on their own, so they hold together well and would amount to a first-rate soundtrack, if it weren't for those meddling dialogue tracks, which wind up sapping any kind of momentum for the album.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:20 Amazon
2 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:03 Amazon
3
Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:42 Amazon
4
Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:19 Amazon
5 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 02:59 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:19 Amazon
7 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 02:39 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:31 Amazon
9 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 02:52 Amazon
10 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:03 Amazon
11
Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:32 Amazon
12 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:35 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:10 Amazon
14 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:19 Amazon
15 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:57 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:19 Amazon
17 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:30 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:28 Amazon
19
Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:14 Amazon
20 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 02:55 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:24 Amazon
22 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:16 Amazon
23 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 02:57 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:17 Amazon
25 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:11 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:13 Amazon
27 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:04 Amazon
28 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 03:22 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 00:35 Amazon
30 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 04:18 Amazon
31 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 01:26 Amazon
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Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 01:03 Amazon
33 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 04:41 Amazon
34 Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga 05:28 Amazon
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