Gaga has said she could not have pulled off her role in the movie without having made her latest album, "Joanne". A simple listen to the soundtrack of "A star is born" is enough to make one realise that both albums share a lot between them. In fact, this feels like a continuation of her americana-flavoured record from 2 years ago. From bluesy rock to country to pop, the 19 original songs on this 34-track set are every bit as versatile as LG herself. Leading single "Shallow" is a perfect example of this versatility, starting off as a folky number, then becoming a pop duet, and finishing as a glam-rock anthem. "Always remember us this way" and "I'll never love again" are another two astonishing songs on here, guaranteed award-winning ballads. The set also features vocals by Gaga's co-star and director of the film, Bradley Cooper. But the driving vehicle behind this is Gaga. Her raw, stripped down profile of the elusive megastar that she is that she presented on "Joanne", has much in common with the character she portrays in the movie. After 10 years in the business, with many image changes and artistic choices which often blur her real persona and her undisputed talent, it is nice to see her focusing on music again. I was not fond of her country detour but this new film and soundtrack feel organic and honest, her new songs are marvellous, and this could be a classic.
Note: CD version of the soundtrack comes with a 12-page booklet, or with a posterfold booklet. LP edition comes as a 2LP gatefold with inner sleeves, and includes a set of 10 cards. Finally, a special deluxe edition of the soundtrack was released in the UK on December 14. It features the "ASIB" CD with posterfold booklet, 3 posters (Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and the movie main poster), and a 16-page movie photo book, all housed in a clamshell box with gold foil lettering.