Josh Tyrangiel
January 26, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Traffic (Music - Various Artists)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
T
genre
Soundtracks

We gave it an A-

Maybe one day we’ll find out what it’s like not to heap praise on a Steven Soderbergh-related project. Alas, the Traffic soundtrack — cool, atmospheric, but never boring — deserves acclaim. With the help of Flea and Herbie Hancock, Cliff Martinez (ex-Chili Peppers drummer and frequent Soderbergh collaborator) uses electric keys and the occasional drum loop to create eerie, delicately sustained tension that makes more predictable Morcheeba and Fatboy Slim cuts unnecessary. A-

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