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Arbitrage [Soundtrack]

Cliff Martinez Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B009NF8820
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. All BusinessCliff Martinez 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. MistressCliff Martinez 1:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Slow MistressCliff Martinez 1:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. It's Not My ProblemCliff Martinez 1:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Involuntary ManslaughterCliff Martinez 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Just Go AwayCliff Martinez 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dad Are You Listening ?Cliff Martinez 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. This It Not Going To Go AwayCliff Martinez 1:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Everything OK Sir ?Cliff Martinez 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm SorryCliff Martinez 1:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What Would You Have Paid ?Cliff Martinez 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Need A Serious FavorCliff Martinez 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. He's Using YouCliff Martinez 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. This Is CrazyCliff Martinez 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Then I Don't Make ItCliff Martinez 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Last ChanceCliff Martinez 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. What's He Offering You Now ?Cliff Martinez 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Bring A NotaryCliff Martinez 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. We'll Pick It Up LaterCliff Martinez 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. After The AccidentCliff Martinez 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I See Who You AreBjork 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Laura Palmer's PromYou Say Party ! 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Para Machuchar Meu CoracaoStan Getz 5:06Album Only
Listen24. Just One More ChanceBillie Holiday and Ray Ellis & Orchestra 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. My Foolish HeartRobi Botos 5:100.99  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arbitrage 30 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
Among many other things, one of my favorite characteristics of composer Cliff Martinez's work is his ability to casually and unpretentiously present thematic elements to his scores. Whereas some composers of similar ilk ensure the listener is boldly aware of a given score's direction and ultimate destination, the magical ability of Cliff Martinez unrelentingly draws in the listener, making them a parallel observer, but almost as if through tinted or broken glass. Martinez's unique and undeniably classy style of wavering ambient electronic usually contributes to feelings of despondence and desolation yet has the uncanny ability to define and validate the plots intertwined with the scores he creates, creating a sense of closure and yearn that many other composers have long emulated but not duplicated. Such was the case with last year's absolutely stellar scores for Drive and Contagion, the first being an intense gritty and violent film but with a horrifyingly sedated (in a good way) ambient score, and the second displaying an apocalyptic and tumultuous global entropy with a similarly brooding, bleak, and oppressive score that's still one of my favorites to date.

Thus, I was not surprised at all when, after listening to Martinez's score for the film Arbitrage, I found that the story centered on a character played by Richard Gere, who is trying to balance family life, high-traffic financial business on the verge of epic failure, and a marital affair, when he makes a bloody mistake that causes it all to come crashing down. As with erstwhile Martinez efforts, the top-level themes seep through in the score, trapping the listener in a cage of emotional reticence and yet captivating beauty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely overlooked work from Cliff Martinez 18 Mar 2014
By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Cliff Martinez, the ex-drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers who has become a much sought after film composer, has been doing soundtracks for quite some time. He came on my radar screen in 2000 when he scored the movie "Traffic" (the drug drama from Steven Soderbergh starring Michael Douglas). I bought that CD all those years ago and thought to myself "this is something different, something special". Martinez's true mainstream breakthrough actually came only years later when he scored the 2011 crime thriller "Drive (starring Ryan Gosling). The next year, Martinez scored "Arbitrage", another sorta surprise hit out of nowhere, and the accolades rolled in, mostly for Richard Gere.

"Music from the Motion Picture Arbitrage" (25 tracks; 71 min.) contains both the Cliff Martinez soundtrack (the initial 20 tracks) and the 5 songs that appear throughout the movie are bunched up at the end (last 5 tracks). I love that (for "Drive", the songs are bunched upfront, followed by all of the Martinez score). The score starts with "All Business", and immediately you feel the tension of the movie reflected in the electronic music brought by Martinez. "Slow Mistress" is a dreamy musical snippet (just over 1 min.). "Involuntary Manslaughter" is an excellent mood piece. "Just Go Away" is the longest track (5+ min.). The overall feel of this score reminds me of some of Tangerine Dream's movie scores in the mid/late 80s. As to the five songs at the end, Bjork's "I See Who You Are" plays over the end credits of the movie, so really should've been placed last. I love the Billie Holiday track "Just One More Chance".

In all, the "Arbitrage" soundtrack is another outstanding score from Cliff Martinez.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely ambient noodling from Mr. Martinez 30 Mar 2013
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The foremost composer of moody ambient loveliness, Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Solaris, Narc, Drive) delivers another perfectly weighted soundtrack of atmosphere and thoughtful noodling - beautiful, thinking music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arbitrage 30 Sep 2012
By C. Loescher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Among many other things, one of my favorite characteristics of composer Cliff Martinez's work is his ability to casually and unpretentiously present thematic elements to his scores. Whereas some composers of similar ilk ensure the listener is boldly aware of a given score's direction and ultimate destination, the magical ability of Cliff Martinez unrelentingly draws in the listener, making them a parallel observer, but almost as if through tinted or broken glass. Martinez's unique and undeniably classy style of wavering ambient electronic usually contributes to feelings of despondence and desolation yet has the uncanny ability to define and validate the plots intertwined with the scores he creates, creating a sense of closure and yearn that many other composers have long emulated but not duplicated. Such was the case with last year's absolutely stellar scores for Drive and Contagion, the first being an intense gritty and violent film but with a horrifyingly sedated (in a good way) ambient score, and the second displaying an apocalyptic and tumultuous global entropy with a similarly brooding, bleak, and oppressive score that's still one of my favorites to date.

Thus, I was not surprised at all when, after listening to Martinez's score for the film Arbitrage, I found that the story centered on a character played by Richard Gere, who is trying to balance family life, high-traffic financial business on the verge of epic failure, and a marital affair, when he makes a bloody mistake that causes it all to come crashing down. As with erstwhile Martinez efforts, the top-level themes seep through in the score, trapping the listener in a cage of emotional reticence and yet captivating beauty. Calm, melancholic, and sometimes cold ambient interludes weave themselves in and out of all the score's twenty tracks, sometimes scaling the aural cliff to pieces containing electronic percussion before careening to careful piano and guitar resolutions, giving the impression of a gentle and familiar emotional foundation coupled with scant but increasing periods of fracturing stress and heartache. As Martinez continues and furthers the sound of not only Traffic, but the instant classics Solaris and Drive, it's nigh on impossible to select one track that's more effective than the others in encapsulating elements associated with Arbitrage's character losing ultimate control of his life's amorphous fragments, however, it seems every track is paramount in assembling the jigsaw puzzle of the gently hewn score. Whereas one would expect later tracks to illustrate juxtaposition or certainly shattered instrumentation due to the supposed Arbitrage storyline, Martinez's score instead captures the resplendent beauty of such a collapse while entwining the listener until the very end.

Interestingly enough, in the CD's liner notes, Arbitrage director Nicholas Jarecki says, "When we were making the movie, we asked each other the question: `What happens when it all crashes?' Cliff answered it with his sound." This is a perfectly fitting description of Martinez's score for the film, which both contains legacy ambient electronic elements as well as a seemingly newfound granular beauty yielded therein. Make no mistake, Cliff Martinez's Arbitrage sits comfortably ahead of Drive and barely behind Contagion as one of his best works to date, and from start to finish, feels like the aural equivalent of warm, serene solace suddenly exposed to benevolent, bitter chill. Very highly recommended!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect soundtrack. 5 Feb 2014
By Salvador Minuchin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack is perfect for the movie,
and it's also perfect for plugging along at tedious tasks.
Lately I've been searching for music to make into a playlist for this purpose.
Not for exercising.
Not for chilling out.
Not for romance.
Just an ambient, non-distracting music that makes you feel like you're chipping away at a sculpture.
Usually the soundtrack genre is perfect for this sort of work (for example, doing your taxes), because its role is a supportive one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely overlooked in the works of Cliff Martinez 22 Mar 2014
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cliff Martinez, the ex-drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers who has become a much sought after film composer, has been doing soundtracks for quite some time. He came on my radar screen in 2000 when he scored the movie "Traffic" (the drug drama from Steven Soderbergh starring Michael Douglas). I bought that CD all those years ago and thought to myself "this is something different, something special". Martinez's true mainstream breakthrough actually came only years later when he scored the 2011 crime thriller "Drive (starring Ryan Gosling). The next year, Martinez scored "Arbitrage", another sorta surprise hit out of nowhere, and the accolades rolled in, mostly for Richard Gere.

"Music from the Motion Picture Arbitrage" (25 tracks; 71 min.) contains both the Cliff Martinez soundtrack (the initial 20 tracks) and the 5 songs that appear throughout the movie are bunched up at the end (last 5 tracks). I love that (for "Drive", the songs are bunched upfront, followed by all of the Martinez score). The score starts with "All Business", and immediately you feel the tension of the movie reflected in the electronic music brought by Martinez. "Slow Mistress" is a dreamy musical snippet (just over 1 min.). "Involuntary Manslaughter" is an excellent mood piece. "Just Go Away" is the longest track (5+ min.). The overall feel of this score reminds me of some of Tangerine Dream's movie scores in the mid/late 80s. As to the five songs at the end, Bjork's "I See Who You Are" plays over the end credits of the movie, so really should've been placed last. I love the Billie Holiday track "Just One More Chance".

In all, the "Arbitrage" soundtrack is another outstanding score from Cliff Martinez. It puzzles me that this has gotten so little attention including here on Amazon (only a handful of reviews), certainly as compared to his "Drive" soundtrack (150 reviews). But let there be no doubt: if you enjoy Cliff Martinez, do yourself a favor and pick this up. You will not be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoking Ambient Soundtrack. 18 Jan 2014
By Richard Feder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cliff Martinez is always a refreshing alternative to so much of the overblown melodramatic music that gets thrown on modern Hollywood soundtracks. This is my vote for the best use of movie music in many years. At times it's nearly another character (a la Hitchcock & Herrmann). As is often the case, Martinez's sdtk. is far better than the film it accompanies. The Drive sdtk. is also one of his best
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack 28 Oct 2013
By Christopher Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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I collect movie soundtracks that I can listen to while working: quiet, focus-conducive music that has no words. I loved the movie Arbitrage and was very glad I bought the soundtrack; it's well-balanced, enjoyable, never jarring to listen to.
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