Initially, "Shallow" was an end credits song, but when the script changed it became a love song about Jackson and Ally. Seeing the first trailer for the film, Ronson decided not to refine the track anymore and kept it as the final mix. For Gaga, the conversational nature of the lyrics helped to set up Shallow's aria , which she recorded with a falsetto voice. She also came up with the play on the song title "Shallow", "In the sha-ha, sha-ha-ha-low" lyrics.
A slow-burning, country  and folk pop  -influenced power ballad , "Shallow" features mainly Nelson's acoustic guitar with Cooper and Gaga trading verses.
Cooper opens the first verse by singing "Tell me something, girl" in a restrained voice; Gaga joins from the second verse, belting with what is described by Pitchfork as a "sturdy voice". An article in The Guardian , notes that "Shallow" depicts the protagonists' self-realization of their current situation and speaks "for those, to whom life has not always been fair or kind". They demonstrate self-awareness, portraying "the gains and pains of stardom",  and those of addiction in the lines, "In all the good times, I find myself longing for change, And in the bad times, I fear myself".
Singer-songwriter Steven Ronsen claimed that the hook of "Shallow" is based on the same three-note progression sequence - G,A,B - from his track "Almost" Ronsen and his lawyer Mark D. Shirian are asking for millions of dollars in a settlement. It is shameful and wrong. Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail. Wittmer felt they complemented Gaga's "empowering and distinct voice". She wrote that although Cooper did not have "the deep growl of Kris Kristofferson who played the lead male character in the film [he] pulls off the earnestness required to hand over [to Gaga]".
Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian noted how "moments before she makes the octave jump for the big chorus, [Gaga's] face flickers with terror", adding the track is "torrid yet robust, and truly outstanding". Stevens compared Gaga's vocals to those in Fleetwood Mac songs for their "raw, guttural, powerful" delivery and the ill-fated romance it heralds.
She feels the "rapturous reception of [the track] was the most universally excited reaction to any Lady Gaga song in recent memory". Jon Pareles of The New York Times rated it the "most boffo track" from the album and complimented its "exponential buildup" and Gaga's "throaty and breathy to full-scale belting". He felt "Shallow" was an immediate sequel to Gaga's "Million Reasons", but contained characteristic stuttered repeated syllables in the chorus, like her earlier songs, " Poker Face " and " Paparazzi " both Beyond the shallow end of life, they embrace the deep.
Writing in Esquire magazine, Matt Miller was initially ambivalent towards the song, feeling it was just "two hooks from the trailer stitched into one song" and had a "meh" response to it.
However, after watching the film he changed his opinion, saying "it mostly lives up to expectations—specifically, the first part of the movie and the build-up to when you first hear [it being performed]". From its release, "Shallow" received immense acclaim and was considered one of the best songs of the year and decade by many critics.
And in this song we provide not just a conversation, but also a very poignant statement. I wish not to be in the shallow, but I am. I wish to dive off the deep end, but watch me do it. I think this is something that speaks to many people, and during, I think, a very shallow time, it's a chance for us all to grab hands and dive into the water together and swim into the deepest depths of the water that we can.
On the second week after its debut, "Shallow" topped the Digital Songs chart, selling 58, copies Gaga's sixth chart-topper , and entered the Billboard Hot at number Following the film's release on October 5, , "Shallow" rose to number five on the Hot and ran for a total of 45 weeks on that chart.
It also topped the Digital Songs chart for a second consecutive week, selling 71, copies. The song marked Gaga's fifteenth top-ten entry on the chart and Cooper's first; it became Gaga's first Top Ten since with her track "Million Reasons".
It entered the Streaming Songs chart top-ten for the first time, with It became Gaga's 15th leader on the tally, ranking her among artists with the most chart toppers. By its second week it had climbed to number two. After two weeks, it topped the charts, becoming Gaga's third number-one song in the country.
The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 13 with 20, units sold according to the Official Charts Company ,  and reached number six the following week. It sold another 36, units, becoming Gaga's 12th top-ten song in the nation. Elsewhere, "Shallow" topped the charts in Ireland, Gaga's sixth number-one and Cooper's first. In the song sold Pareles called it a "perfectly calibrated power ballad" which achieved "movie-musical triple duty as love song, vocal showcase and plot pivot".
It was part of the setlist of her — Las Vegas residency show, Enigma. After performing her song " Born This Way ", Gaga returns to the stage in an oversized shirt of her own merchandise, and plays "Shallow" on the piano as the encore.
Gaga wore a sparkling skin-tight bodysuit and high platform shoes, described as reminiscent of her looks from her The Fame -era. She also carried a bedazzled microphone stand. Cooper had confirmed that he would be singing in his own voice and not emulating that of his character in the film. They sat on opposite sides of a piano, with Cooper joining Gaga at the keyboard for the final part of the song, as both sang into one microphone. She added that "The stars' sultry looks at one another [while] sitting at the piano launched a thousand 'OMG's on Twitter.
A perfect Oscar performance was born. They tweaked the lyrics so that it reflected Keys' role as host of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Maybe you could give me some advice". Aguilar performed the song while playing the piano. On February 16, , a video starring Charlotte Awbery , an at-the-time unknown London commuter, became an overnight viral sensation gathering millions of views over social media. It depicts Awbery delivering a cover of "Shallow" during a spontaneous singing challenge by internet blogger Kevin Freshwater during a game in which he asks strangers to finish off the lyrics to different songs.
On Instagram , Awbery gained , followers within a week of the video circulating. Credits adapted from the liner notes of A Star Is Born. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A second sample of "Shallow", featuring Gaga's vocal run before the final chorus.
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