Musical Score By: Cliff Martinez

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Drive, a movie based on the novel of the same name by James Sallis, stars Ryan Gosling as Driver, a wheelman for hire in the city of Los Angeles.  By day, heís a stunt driver for various movie productions.  By night, heís a getaway driver for various criminal operations.  Driverís interest in his neighbor (Carey Mulligan) leads him to a heist operation organized by her ex-convict husband (Oscar Isaac).  What was supposed to be a simple heist becomes extremely complicated as Driver finds himself driving in defense of his life and the lives of his new girlfriend and her son.

            The Drive Soundtrack features original music by Krominski, the Chromatics, Riziero Ortolani & Rina Ranieri, Desire and College featuring Electric Youth.  The musical score of the film is created by American composer Cliff Martinez.  Beginning his musical career at the prime of the punk movement in California, Martinez had stints as drummer for well-known bands on the scene such as the Weirdos and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  In the mid-80ís, Martinez made his foray into musical scoring.  Since then, he has created musical scores for Kafka, The Limey, Solaris, Greyís Anatomy, Schizopolis, Traffic, Pump Up The Volume, Wicker Park, Wonderland and The Lincoln Lawyer.

            According to the movie descriptions Iíve read and the promos Iíve seen, Drive is one of those films filled to the brim with intense action.  Armed with that information, I sat down to a soundtrack that I was certain would get the adrenaline flowing.  Boy, was I ever disappointed.  The soundtrack starts with three songs in the dance/electronica genre, which would be fine if they werenít so slow.  I started really getting worried when I heard the song, Oh My Love by Riziero Ortolani & Rina Ranieri, a slow love song produced in 1971.  Then came what I found to be the most exciting song on the whole album - Tick of the Clock by the Chromatics.  In my opinion, the album probably should have started with this track which featured a synthesized rhythm designed to emulate the sound of a ticking clock, giving the listener the idea that time was ticking and may soon be running out for Driver.

            The music composed by Cliff Martinez featured a great deal of electronic sound - synthesizers and the like.  There was very little in it that I found exciting.  In fact, the entire album is disappointingly boring.  When I listen to a soundtrack for an action film, I want a musical score that will pump up my adrenaline, not put me to sleep.  The Drive Soundtrack was incredibly disappointing and I wouldnít be surprised to see it collecting dust on the shelves of the local music store.


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