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Narc
(2003)
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Composed and Performed by:
Cliff Martinez

Produced by:
Patricia Joseph
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
TVT Soundtrax
(January 7th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Traffic




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Buy it... if Cliff Martinez's style of basic, electronic ambience and atmospheric sound design without theme, motif, or instrumental diversity makes for a solid background listening experience for you.

Avoid it... if neither the scores for Traffic nor Solaris is on your shelves and you don't require the help of droning, lifeless electronic ambience to bore you to sleep.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #935
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/4/09
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Narc: (Cliff Martinez) If you accept the fact that writer and director Joe Carnahan's early 2003 release of Narc strictly adheres to all the basic, generic guidelines of investigatory mysteries, then there's really no redeeming element in its ultimately depressing existence. The police story explores no new avenue in its genre, depicting a down and out cop looking to resurrect his career after accidentally killing an unborn child. He joins with the partner of a murdered officer to solve that new, grisly crime and the film wanders predictably through interrogations, deception, and betrayal thereafter. Without a doubt, Narc is the kind of film that helps you continue to lose hope in humankind, serving no purpose but to drag down the viewer into a deeply distressing place while failing to tackle the genre with any new technique of direction either. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Cliff Martinez's score for the film is equally mind-numbing, reflecting the nightmarish environment of the film's gray shades very accurately. The composer's distinctly electronic scores had begun to grow a consistent following with listeners around the world in the early 2000's. His ambient electronic score for Traffic was, despite its nearly insufferable presentation on album, recognized for its effective role in the film, and his more accessible and orchestrally inclined work for Solaris remained a popular item on album despite the film's short-lived fame. For Narc, Martinez returned to the Traffic end of that scale, abandoning the orchestra and delving once again into the drifting, sparse realm of his solitary electronics. At its most powerful, the music for Narc offers drum loops and electronically altered guitar sounds that, at least momentarily, break the monotony of the mass of Martinez's keyboarded underscore. The majority of its forty-minute running time, however, is occupied by the subtle and sometimes nearly indistinguishable background progressions of these keyboards. It is not atypical for a Martinez score of this nature to feature less than ten notes in any two-minute period of time (if even that).



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Average: 1.95 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 47 3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:24
• 1. Big Catherine, Little Catherine (2:33)
• 2. Kick My Ass in the Morning (2:32)
• 3. The Bloody Leg (2:25)
• 4. Narc (2:18)
• 5. Something to Do (1:19)
• 6. I Love You Baby (1:19)
• 7. Let's Sit on the House (1:15)
• 8. Girl in the Closet (3:27)
• 9. Crime Scene (1:51)
• 10. Notice Anything Strange? (1:59)
• 11. Don't Let It Happen Again (2:06)
• 12. You Hit? (2:19)
• 13. I'm Still Gonna Leave (2:00)
• 14. I Wanna Check this Place Out (1:41)
• 15. Freeze (1:00)
• 16. This is It (1:15)
• 17. Tell Me the Truth (4:44)
• 18. Provoked - performed by Baby Namboos (6:23)

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