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And the Oscar for Best Original Song Goes To...

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INFLUENCER: Rob Dunham from A-MNEMONIC Music shares his thoughts on this year's nominations and goes on to predict the winner

And the Oscar for Best Original Song Goes To...

This week I’m doing something a bit different from my usual weekly playlist.

With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, I thought I’d take it upon myself to check out the shortlisted tracks for ‘Best Original Song’ and share my honest opinion. 

I have to admit I haven’t seen any of the films these tracks are from, so I’m purely basing my opinion on the music itself. 

For something as grandiose as the Oscars, I had high expectations for the nominated tracks, but I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed by the first track, 'All The Stars' by Kendrick Lamar and SZA for 'Black Panther'. The production is bland and generic – nondescript, and repetitive. I would say the vocals by SZA are the best part of the song, that help carry the track forward. The rap is good, but not great, and the track isn’t awful, it’s just that I wouldn’t say that it’s Oscar-winning. 

My rating 2.5 out of 5

'I’ll Fight' from the film 'RBG' by Diane Warren, and Jennifer Hudson should be great, but again I feel a little disappointed. Jennifer’s vocals are strong, but almost to the point of over singing. It definitely can’t be denied that this is an uplifting power ballad, and having been written by Grammy award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, it could have been amazing. But for me, it just fell flat. 

What do you think? My rating 2.5 out of 5

Who would have known Emily Blunt could sing, but here she is with her rendition of the track 'The Place Where Lost Things Go' she performs in the film 'Mary Poppins Returns'. I’ll probably be thrown into the river Thames for saying this, but I’m not a huge fan of musicals. But funnily I didn’t hate this track! Blunt’s vocals are delicate yet beautiful, and she succeeds in producing a heart-breaking lullaby, that almost, almost, made me rescind my opinion of musicals. 

My rating 3.5 out of 5

'Shallow', the duet between Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga from the film 'A Star Is Born' has WINNER written all over it. To me, this track is one that deserves to be nominated for the Oscars, and most definitely deserves to win in this category. It’s a spine-tingling number that pulls you in and makes you believe what they’re singing. It only has a simple production of piano, guitar and drums, but with Gaga’s heartfelt vocals building throughout, it oozes with pure emotion and ends on a musical high. 

Top marks, 5 out of 5

When I said I don’t like musicals, I should have also said that I'm also not a fan of country and western! Here’s the final nomination for this category, a country and western song from the film 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'. The song is called 'When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings' by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. Without having seen the film, I’m unable to put this song into any context – perhaps it worked in the film, but on its own, I’m unsure what to say! It definitely sounds like something that might be played in the background of a bustling saloon in the Mid-West on a Friday night, but as an Oscar-nominated song, I’m really not sure! 

I do however have to admit, I was humming it all afternoon. 

My rating 3 out of 5 (purely because I couldn’t get it out of my head.)

Final Prediction! 

To me there is only one winner…. and my prediction is….'Shallow' from 'A Star Is Born' – but who can tell, the Oscars are a complete mystery to me. You can hear all the songs that have been nominated below.

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Genres: Music performance

A-MNEMONIC, Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:54:05 GMT