Music Reviews

Traffic

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

TVT

The opening 13 tracks of this album are the score from Traffic, a collection of pieces by Cliff Martinez largely consisting of ambient music. “You Two Don’t Like Me” and “The Police Won’t Find Your Car” (which wasn’t actually in the final version of the movie) are predominately hand drums and bass. Once the ambient is done, Wilhelm Kempff performs a Beethoven piano sonata that serves to break up the score and the electronic music that follows. The score doesn’t hold anything you don’t normally find in a movie, but the last five tracks turn it all around. The Morcheeba song is mixed directly into the Fatboy Slim piece, “Give the Po’ Man a Break.” It all comes to a close with the appropriately titled song, “An Ending (Ascent)” by Brian Eno.


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