Label: Wounded Bird Records - 1035 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Pop • Style: Comedy
The concept of A Star is Bought is that Albert Brooks has decided to become a massive crossover music star, and so has designed and constructed an album to appeal to as many constituencies as possible. Brooks appeals to various famous friends, asking such musicians as Alice Cooper and Linda Ronstadt for advice. Ronstadt advises him to make a record about simple human emotions, which prompts Brooks to reply that he has no simple human emotions.
Along the way, Brooks skewers every possible genre, from supposedly unearthing lyrics to Ravel 's "Bolero" that reveal it to be a song about a cheap one-night stand "Should we do it on the floor?
None of it is laugh-out-loud funny, but most of it is clever and the star cameos are amusing especially a hyperbolic David Geffenof all people. The album's sole clunker, "The Albert Brooks Show ," is an attempt to simulate the pre-TV radio era but goes on far too long. Even at its weakest, however, the album does a superb job of recreating the different genres and eras parodied, which is a credit to Brooks and co-producer Harry Shearer.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Styles Standup Comedy Comedy. Track Listing. In the Beginning. Albert Brooks. Phone Drama - Various - Relics - A Transmat Compilation to An End In Sight - Albert Brooks - A Star Is Bought.
Near the Beginning. Party From Outer Space. In the Middle. Phone Calls From Americans. An End in Sight. Love Song. The End of the First Beginning.
A New Beginning. Promotional Gimmick. The Englishman-German-Jew Blues. The Its The End - Stef Meeder - Hammond House Party of the End. The Albert Brooks Show The End.