Spring Breakers

Composed by: Cliff Martinez

Performed by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Big Beat Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the crime thriller Spring Breakers, childhood friends and college students Faith, Brit, Candy and Cotty (Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Corine) decide that they would like to go to Florida for Spring Break.  Unfortunately, the four don’t have enough money for the trip, so they decide to hold up a local fast food joint with fake guns.  Heading off to Florida, things get a little wild when the girls get arrested and end up being bailed out by Allen (James Franco), a rapping gangster with plans for the girls beyond their wildest imaginations.

                The musical score of Spring Breakers was created by American composer and former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer 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-80’s, Martinez made his foray into musical scoring. Since then, he has created musical scores for Kafka, The Limey, Solaris, Grey’s Anatomy, Schizopolis, Traffic, Pump Up The Volume, Wicker Park, Wonderland and The Lincoln Lawyer.

                Cliff Martinez’ score for Spring Breakers is ominous electronic music and relatively uninspired.  The real draw of this album is the songs.  Gangsta rap in songs like Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, With You Friends (Long Drive), Park Smoke and Smell This Money; F**k This Industry by Waka Flocka Flame and more define the experience of this film.  The music is partying music, but the lyrics are often times angry, reflecting the rise and fall of these foolhardy girls.  What starts out as a big party spirals downward into a world of violence and danger and the angry sound of the gangsta rap on the album describes this downward spiral.

                While the music on this album is not exactly my style, I can honestly say that it is a perfect addition to the film itself.  Fans of gangsta rap will definitely enjoy the Spring Breakers Soundtrack, though they may want to skip the uninspired score to get to the songs.


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