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Traffic
(2001)
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Composed and Produced by:
Cliff Martinez

Programmed by:
Jeff Rona
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
TVT Records
(January 9th, 2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... only if you appreciated the moody, minimalistic ambience of Cliff Martinez's synthetic meanderings in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you expect this music to adhere to any of the basic rules of construct for an effectively cohesive and dramatic film score that reaches beyond the simplicity of atmospheric maintenance.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #392
WRITTEN 2/1/01, REVISED 2/6/09
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Traffic: (Cliff Martinez) Adapted from a highly acclaimed British television series from 1990, Steven Soderbergh's 2001 version of Traffic remained loyal enough to the source to gain its own rounds of praise, including significant Academy Award recognition. The general overarching story of drug trades and their effects on different groups of people are well acted and balanced against each other in the picture, painting perhaps one of the most realistic portrayals of that industry ever to exist. The film would inspire a 2004 mini-series in America in the USA network as well. The director had already made his name by helming moody suspense, drama, and action films involving the law, and, aside from Thomas Newman's Erin Brockovich for Soderbergh just prior, Cliff Martinez, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' former drummer, had been his regular composer for those projects. The two had already collaborated on such films as Sex, Lies and Videotape and Out of Sight, and not only was Martinez serving the director with the minimalistic, ambient tones of his liking, but he was also accumulating a following of fans who enjoy this electronically atmospheric style (which would extend in tone and subject matter to Narc not long after). Working closely with composer Jeff Rona, who himself was garnering attention at the time for his interesting musings about the scoring industry, Martinez wrote music for Traffic that was a stylistic offshoot of the Media Ventures group of composers, the pioneers of the modern, synthesized genre of scoring. Regardless of what veteran film score collectors thought of this sound (and its consequent album), the general population greeted it rather warmly, with initial banter about award nominations and hefty sales figures. Most editorials outside of the film music industry referred to the score as highly evocative and rich with subtle texture. It's no surprise that the ears of traditional film score scholars interpreted the same music as simplistic noise, however. There is no doubt that Traffic raises the age-old debate about the merits of typical film score constructs versus the ambient sound design that is preferred for some contexts on screen. It's easy to say that this style of music will appeal mostly to a crowd of listeners familiar with either the film or Martinez himself.



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1,828 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.11 Stars
***** 128 5 Stars
**** 120 4 Stars
*** 288 3 Stars
** 595 2 Stars
* 697 1 Stars
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What's the song played after "an ending" when the credits roll??
Shoot him in the head - March 16, 2008, at 4:47 a.m.
1 comment  (1421 views)
Shoot the critic! Eno is timeless...
DAn L - January 12, 2008, at 1:07 p.m.
1 comment  (1403 views)
When looking at this review, just remember...
Tim - January 22, 2007, at 8:01 a.m.
1 comment  (1733 views)
To give this soundtrack 1 star is ridiculous
damo - January 8, 2007, at 5:47 a.m.
1 comment  (1752 views)
Whoever Wrote That is Prick
johnny tripped on a noise - November 19, 2005, at 8:42 a.m.
1 comment  (2046 views)
its brilliant
gourmet - December 28, 2004, at 4:26 p.m.
1 comment  (1803 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 62:59
• 1. Helicopter (2:55)
• 2. No Swinging the Club in the Car (2:35)
• 3. Immunity (1:25)
• 4. What's Your Daughter On? (3:51)
• 5. You Two Don't Like Me (1:32)
• 6. La Cagaste (2:56)
• 7. The West End (2:38)
• 8. I Know She's in There (3:07)
• 9. La Pura Verdad (2:35)
• 10. Just Shoot Him (3:05)
• 11. Loading the Plane (1:50)
• 12. I Can't Do This (1:46)
• 13. The Police Won't Help You Find Your Car (3:55)
• 14. Piano Sonata #1 in F Minor - written by Beethoven (6:32)
• 15. On the Rhodes Again - performed by Morcheeba (7:01)
• 16. Give the Po' Man a Break - performed by Fatboy Slim (5:50)
• 17. Rockers HiFi - remixed by Kruder and Dorfmeister (4:33)
• 18. An Ending: Ascent - written by Brian Eno (4:20)

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