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Narc [Music from the Motion Picture]

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
NARC tells the story of suspended undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis Jason Patric, who is reinstated to help a rogue cop Ray Liotta solve his partner's murder. Cliff Martinez -- who spent a decade as a rock drummer before scoring nine Steven Soderbergh films -- including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Solaris, and Traffic -- creates yet another haunting, atmospheric score for NARC. The disc opens with the resonant, cathedral-like "Big Catherine, Little Catherine." By contrast, "Kick My Ass in the Morning" amasses ambient drums into a pulsating blend that conjures feelings of both danger and excitement. With its pitter-pat beats, the title piece suggests a distinct ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
NARC tells the story of suspended undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis Jason Patric, who is reinstated to help a rogue cop Ray Liotta solve his partner's murder. Cliff Martinez -- who spent a decade as a rock drummer before scoring nine Steven Soderbergh films -- including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Solaris, and Traffic -- creates yet another haunting, atmospheric score for NARC. The disc opens with the resonant, cathedral-like "Big Catherine, Little Catherine." By contrast, "Kick My Ass in the Morning" amasses ambient drums into a pulsating blend that conjures feelings of both danger and excitement. With its pitter-pat beats, the title piece suggests a distinct sense of urban solitariness, violence, and mystery. Throughout NARC, Marintez skillfully conveys both mood and movement. Appropriately, the brooding "Baby Namboos Provoked," featuring Brit dance maven Tricky, closes this reverberating journey through dark places.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Narc: Music From the Motion Picture collects Cliff Martinez' score for Joe Carnahan's cutting-edge police drama along with the trip-hop group Baby Namboos' "Provoked." While Martinez' ambient and industrial-inspired score goes a long way in setting the film's moods -- from the spooky, contemplative title track to the elegiac "Girl in the Closet," to the taut "This Is It" -- it doesn't have as much personality as his brilliant scores for Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, or especially the luminous, bittersweet Solaris score. That's not to say that Narc doesn't have its moments for Martinez fans: "Kick My Ass in the Morning" and "You Hit?" cleverly mix hip hop influences into his modus operandi, while "I Love You Baby," "Let's Sit On the House," and "Crime Scene" maintain the score's minimalism but still remain distinctive and melodic. It's just that a fair amount of the music is so sparse, and so tailored to crafting an ambience for the film, that it isn't quite as successful in other settings though "Notice Anything Strange?" is an eerily accurate musical portrait of a bleak Detroit winter. Even so, Martinez' score is immaculately crafted even if it's somewhat less inspired than some of his other work. Fortunately, "Provoked" shares enough of the shimmering minimalism of Martinez' music that it doesn't feel out of place. Tricky's cameo on the track gives it an added depth, recalling his Nearly God material. Overall, Narc: Music From the Motion Picture is a contemplative, thought-provoking soundtrack, although it's not totally successful outside of the film's context.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581667020
  • Catalog Number: 6670
  • Sales rank: 124,150

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Martinez Primary Artist, Track Performer
Peter Maunu Guitar, Guitar Effects
Technical Credits
Brownie McGhee Composer
Martin Gore Composer
Sonny Terry Composer
Phil Klum Mastering
Patricia Joseph Producer
Johnnie Mae Dunson Composer
Jackie Sussman Business Consultant, Legal Advisor
Fredrik Sarhagen Engineering, Scoring Engineer
Tobias Enhus Sound Design
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