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Changing Lanes
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Co-Conducted by:
Sonny Kompanek
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 30th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are expecting to embrace the challenging sound of David Arnold's arguably most heavily techno-influenced score, with no harmony, awkward sound effects, and an extremely bad attitude.

Avoid it... if even the mild techno style you heard in Arnold's edgier James Bond scores turned you off.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #973
WRITTEN 9/11/03, REVISED 3/2/09
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Changing Lanes: (David Arnold) Considered a diversion for director Roger Michell, who is better known for comedies (and a partnership with composer Trevor Jones for his scores), Changing Lanes starts with a traffic accident and develops into a tale of vengeance and desperation between the two involved men (played by Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson), both of whom battling their own internal demons and having little to lose. The story is saturated with the ills and struggles of urban lifestyles, with the fates of the two men intertwined in a nasty, self-destructive battle. The film never plays the race card, however, which is one of the reasons it was critically acclaimed, and that also makes a statement about the soundtrack. Despite David Arnold's use of his rock, funk, and techno knowledge to fit well into situations requiring hip styles of music representing black culture, the racial differences in Changing Lanes are not the reason Arnold choose his path here. Instead, the brooding oppression of an urban nightmare is the inspiration for this choice, and Arnold is equally up to the task for this experiment of his own. The composer was, of course, a punk rocker in his years before feature film scoring, and the techno sounds heard in his British television works of his previous years are arguably the true sound of Arnold's personal style. After announcing himself back into a non-orchestral scene of style in a different genre with Shaft in 2000, he began accepting scoring assignments with which he could vary those techno elements in different urban settings. The hip score for Baby Boy followed in 2001, and at roughly the same time as his suspenseful, but stylish effort for Enough, Arnold went to the far, abstract end of the techno scale for Changing Lanes. Enthusiasts of Stargate and Independence Day may not have wanted to believe this at the time, but Changing Lanes was, more or less, a return to Arnold's most familiar territory. Unfortunately, his work for Changing Lanes is the kind of music that, despite some necessarily irritating moments in the context of the film, simply doesn't translate well onto album. You really have to understand the troubled environment of the film to have an appreciation for this music whatsoever, because without that context, you're left with an extremely underwhelming and occasionally obnoxious listening experience on your stereo. Unless Varèse Sarabande was intentionally targeting a crowd of demented listeners with this product, there's no good reason for it to exist.



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148 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.21 Stars
***** 11 5 Stars
**** 14 4 Stars
*** 26 3 Stars
** 42 2 Stars
* 55 1 Stars
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Changing Lanes: Behind The Scenes
Bisse Fridenslätt - September 18, 2003, at 7:51 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 39:48
• 1. Changing Lanes (2:11)
• 2. (Untitled Track) (1:07)
• 3. (Untitled Track) (2:20)
• 4. (Untitled Track) (1:24)
• 5. (Untitled Track) (0:50)
• 6. (Untitled Track) (1:16)
• 7. (Untitled Track) (1:06)
• 8. (Untitled Track) (1:23)
• 9. (Untitled Track) (0:15)
• 10. (Untitled Track) (0:57)
• 11. (Untitled Track) (1:36)
• 12. (Untitled Track) (0:41)
• 13. (Untitled Track) (1:13)
• 14. (Untitled Track) (1:13)
• 15. (Untitled Track) (0:41)
• 16. (Untitled Track) (1:27)
• 17. (Untitled Track) (0:45)
• 18. (Untitled Track) (1:46)
• 19. (Untitled Track) (1:35)
• 20. (Untitled Track) (3:42)
• 21. (Untitled Track) (1:01)
• 22. (Untitled Track) (1:10)
• 23. (Untitled Track) (2:23)
• 24. (Untitled Track) (0:57)
• 25. (Untitled Track) (2:25)
• 26. (Untitled Track) (4:21)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no additional information about the score or film.
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