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Traffic [Original Film Score]

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Barnes & Noble - Ayelet Prizant
Steven Soderbergh's highly acclaimed thriller about the war on drugs features not only top-notch performances from its stars, but also a gripping, ambient musical score. Onetime Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez who has composed music for eight other Soderbergh films delivers a seductive, compelling score that includes contributions from Chili Peppers bassist Flea, guitarist Michael Brooks, and jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Notably, Martinez is able to easily shift gears alongside the film's action, providing an ominous backdrop to the many tense moments and lending a delicate, ethereal quality to the more surreal and moving scenes. Tracks such as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ayelet Prizant
Steven Soderbergh's highly acclaimed thriller about the war on drugs features not only top-notch performances from its stars, but also a gripping, ambient musical score. Onetime Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez who has composed music for eight other Soderbergh films delivers a seductive, compelling score that includes contributions from Chili Peppers bassist Flea, guitarist Michael Brooks, and jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Notably, Martinez is able to easily shift gears alongside the film's action, providing an ominous backdrop to the many tense moments and lending a delicate, ethereal quality to the more surreal and moving scenes. Tracks such as the bass- and percussion-heavy "You Two Don't Like Me," "Helicopter," and "Loading the Plane" heighten the tension in the film's grittier sequences, leaving calmer moments to looming tracks such as "What's Your Daughter On?" Rounding out the album are pop and electronica gems from Morcheeba the trippy, guitar-heavy "On the Rhodes Again", Fatboy Slim the pulsing "Give the Po' Man a Break", Rockers Hi-Fi the ambient, shadowy "Going Under Love and Insanity Dub", and electronic music pioneer Brian Eno, who closes this transfixing album with the dreamy, otherworldly "An Ending Ascent."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original soundtrack to Steven Soderbergh's striking drug war drama Traffic features Cliff Martinez's sparse, evocative score, classical pieces, and electronica, resulting in a collection of music that's nearly as complex and diverse as the film it accompanies. Martinez, who has scored virtually all of Soderbergh's films except Erin Brockovich, proves once again why they work together so often: the score's atmospheric drones and understated rhythms build a restrained, implosive tension far better than blaring orchestral pieces. Like the film itself, Martinez' pieces aren't obvious. They don't tell the listener what to feel; they just set the scene and let the audience fill in the blanks. And though big beat songs like Fatboy Slim's "Give the Po' Man a Break" and Kruder & Dorfmeister's remix of Rockers Hi-Fi's "Going Under" could be too much of a contrast with Martinez' airy compositions, the album is deftly sequenced, allowing for the highs and lows of the score and songs like Morcheeba's "On the Road Again," Wilhelm Kempff's "Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor," and Brian Eno's "An Ending Ascent." Though it sounds even better in conjunction with the film, Traffic is still one of 2000's best soundtracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581696020
  • Catalog Number: 6960

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Martinez Primary Artist
Herbie Hancock Electric Piano
Alex Acuña Percussion
Michael Brook Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Brian Eno Track Performer
Flea Electric Bass
John Skippy Lehmkuhl Drum Loop
Morcheeba Track Performer
Fatboy Slim Track Performer
Wilhelm Kempff Track Performer
Technical Credits
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Cliff Martinez Score
Jeff Rona Programming, Orchestration
Patricia Joseph Executive of Soundtracks
Paul Godfrey Composer
Ross Godfrey Composer
Skye Edwards Composer
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