A Star Is Born [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Image
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  • Artist(s): Bradley Cooper
  • Summary: The soundtrack to the 2018 remake of the 1937 film features tracks written by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as well as Jason Isbell, Hillary Lindsey, Lukas Nelson, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Justin Tranter, and Diane Warren.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    The songs from the early portion of the movie are almost impenetrably perfect. ... Cooper’s voice, lowered for the film to create the world-weary, addiction-addled Maine, is surprisingly great, either crackling like a pit of fire when he begins to holler or settling into a warm, smoky rasp during the ballads. ... The music Gaga helps write for this stretch in Ally’s career, where she’s still brunette and performing with a man she is falling in love with, is gorgeous--romantic without being trite and powerful.
  2. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    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.
  3. Overall though, A Star is Born is one of the best Hollywood soundtracks of recent years. Far from being Oscar bait, these are songs that could feasibly shine on their own--and ones that feel entirely believable.
  4. 75
    Yes, the listening experience would have been improved with tighter editing, but there are a great many sins in the world, and a soundtrack being too-faithful to the movie is hardly the worst. There’s real joy in this music.
  5. Oct 9, 2018
    74
    Save for a digital flourish or two on the pop songs that make up much of the film’s back half, there’s very little here that would’ve sounded out of place on blockbuster film soundtracks of decades past. At its peaks, the album delivers on the promise of its star-wattage with some of the most affecting and emotionally overwhelming pop songs of the year.
  6. 60
    Nelson co-writes many of Gaga’s songs too, which essay a slightly awkward journey from rock balladry to slickly superficial pop. In one sense, there is a tangible jump in standards as Gaga comes to the fore on the second half of the album--she is a major musical talent. But there is also a weird disconnect as the soundtrack shifts gear to anodyne modern pop.
  7. Oct 10, 2018
    50
    There’s undoubtedly a strong 10-song album lodged at the core of A Star Is Born, but unlike the film, wherein an outsized sense of sentimentality is rendered affecting by the more grounded performances, there’s not nearly enough substance here to justify all the bombast.

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  1. Oct 9, 2018
    10
    amazing songs! I'm really impressed with the quality of this. Congrats to Bradley and Gaga.
  2. Oct 6, 2018
    10
    A masterpiece only Lady Gaga is able to make. Her powerful and sweet voice combined with Cooper's one is a perfect mix. The instrumentals areA masterpiece only Lady Gaga is able to make. Her powerful and sweet voice combined with Cooper's one is a perfect mix. The instrumentals are amazing too. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    Never be the same, shes brillant,talent, this album is the best of 2018, she won world
  4. Nov 11, 2018
    10
    I am deeply in love with this soundtrack, this is the best Gaga album in years. I would like to see Bradley singing in the future
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    Already sounds like a classic album, there are so many great songs, some of them the bests of Gaga's catalog. Highlights: Shallow, Before IAlready sounds like a classic album, there are so many great songs, some of them the bests of Gaga's catalog. Highlights: Shallow, Before I Cry, Is That Alright? and Always Remember us This way. Even the more pop songs of Ally are good and fun to hear what includes bops like Hair Body Face and Heal Me. But the ballads are the masterpieces of the album. It's a Gaga classic and probably the best of her discography till now. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    omg gaga... i wasnt expecting those pop sounds and as a gaga fan i was really happy because even though i love joanne and all of those countryomg gaga... i wasnt expecting those pop sounds and as a gaga fan i was really happy because even though i love joanne and all of those country tracks i still miss the pop gaga and i was really happy to see this here Expand
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    0
    Listened today and couldn't believe how awful and depressing it was. Only 4 good tracks out of 19. The rest are just annoying dialogues.Listened today and couldn't believe how awful and depressing it was. Only 4 good tracks out of 19. The rest are just annoying dialogues. Avoid at ALL costs. Expand

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