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Drive
(2011)
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Composed, Co-Performed, and Produced by:
Cliff Martinez

Co-Performed by:
Gregory Tripi
Mac Quayle
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(October 11th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have a proven track record of success with the sound design that Cliff Martinez provides for films, for his output for Drive, aside from a few more pleasantly tonal passages, is extremely typical to his limited range.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty forming emotional connections with anonymously droning, ambient, electronic scores meant to intentionally emphasize vague ethos and distorted realities.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,669
WRITTEN 12/28/11
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Drive: (Cliff Martinez) One of the enduringly curious aspects of downbeat thrillers with outrageous and violent displays of depravity is how popular they can be if they are well executed. It doesn't matter how brutal and senseless the killings shown may be so long as they are glorified with unique appeal. The 2011 thriller Drive is one such example of a film with absolutely no redeemable social mores and a depressing storyline that has enjoyed immense critical and popular success because of exemplary script-writing, casting, and cinematography. As a tribute to the car-related crime movies of decades prior, Drive offers a fascinating character study of an unnamed man (played by Ryan Gosling) whose only true talent in life is driving cars and will do any task that can take advantage of those skills. He's a stunt driver and auto mechanic by day but a getaway driver for hire by night, living by strict rules of communication and avoiding personal relationships. When he becomes attached to his neighbor and her son, he immerses himself deeper into a crime syndicate than he ever intended to be, all in an effort to buy the protection of his neighbors. Depending on how you look upon the distorted reality of this movie's criminal universe, perhaps you could call his efforts a triumph, but there is little happiness implied at the end of the tunnel for anyone involved. Style is key to the success of Drive, and director Nicolas Winding Refn intentionally sought music for the film that would reflect the ambivalent and ambiguous nature of the primary character's motives. He had been a fan of Cliff Martinez's score for Sex, Lies, and Videotape and hired the composer to write what he deemed "retro 80's-ish, synthesizer Europop." Martinez, after wowing listeners with his original "sound design scores" for Traffic, Narc, and Solaris ten years prior, had dropped off of the mainstream radar until 2011 represented a significant comeback in his career. From his trio of Contagion, The Lincoln Lawyer and Drive in that year, general movie-goers and his collectors have rallied behind Drive as the pinnacle of the three. A wide range of praise landed upon Martinez for his work for this film, despite the fact that it is largely nothing different from what he has written for several other pictures. The music does indeed fulfill the director's wishes in supplying an intentionally vague, ambient soundscape, but outside of achieving this simple task, it's more likely that the accolades Martinez is receiving for Drive are a result of the other qualities of the film rather than any particularly transcendent aspect of his music.



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Average: 2.82 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net   Expand >>
Southall - December 31, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
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Newest: January 3, 2012, at 9:03 p.m. by
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my ears are suffering   Expand >>
Sa'ad Al-khatib - December 31, 2011, at 5:43 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:18
• 1. Nightcall - performed by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (4:19)
• 2. Under Your Spell - performed by Desire (3:52)
• 3. A Real Hero - performed by College and Electric Youth (4:27)
• 4. Oh My Love - performed by Riz Ortolani and Katyna Ranieri (2:50)
• 5. Tick of the Clock - performed by Chromatics (4:48)
• 6. Rubber Head (3:08)
• 7. I Drive (2:03)
• 8. He Had a Good Time (1:37)
• 9. They Broke His Pelvis (1:58)
• 10. Kick Your Teeth (2:40)
• 11. Where's the Deluxe Version? (5:32)
• 12. See You in Four (2:37)
• 13. After the Chase (5:25)
• 14. Hammer (4:44)
• 15. Wrong Floor (1:31)
• 16. Skull Crushing (5:57)
• 17. My Name on a Car (2:19)
• 18. On the Beach (6:35)
• 19. Bride of Deluxe (3:57)

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