The Full Version of "Shallow" From A Star Is Born Is Big, Beautiful, and Worth the Wait
At the time of writing this post, it's been 15 minutes since the full version of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's "Shallow" dropped and I've already listened to it nearly five times. This is only the beginning.
When the first trailer for A Star Is Born was released, teasing part of this song, the Internet went wild, giving it billions of views and countless memes. All this for only a few seconds of the actual song. What's funny is that we've more or less heard most of this song already. The full version is just a couple of incredible choruses, pushed together with a slow intro and a verse.
It's tragically brief—only three and a half minutes. That's not to say this song is disappointing at all. Rather, it's incredibly satisfying in every way that music can be. Each chord change of the chorus hits every human pleasure center. The first bass note gave me chills—which I hate to say, but I cannot lie. Because then all of Lady Gaga's huge vocal moments also gave me chills. The build before the "I'm off the deep end" gave me chills even though I've heard that part of the song dozens of times I've watched the trailer. All the crash symbol hits during "I'll never leave the ground" also gave me chills, which is equal parts because of Gaga's voice and the quick cuts of people punching things.
Excuse me while I listen to this on repeat for the rest of the day.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.