Okay, so let me start off by saying how great is the movie  Drive? I was under the impression, before I saw the film, that Ryan Gosling was just another sissy pretty-boy. Maybe I only had that opinion because I watched half of “The Notebook,” but I was completely wrong. That dude is… well, a badass; and the movie is nothing short of phenomenal. The screenplay, the writing, and the acting are all award-worthy, in my opinion. What I really want to call attention to, however, is the soundtrack. A soundtrack, in a lot of ways, can end up making or breaking a movie; and in Drive, Cliff Martinez has given us all the gift of something truly special.

 

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The mix of 80s electronica, electro-house, and ambient fit the theme and feel of the movie perfectly. And I can’t stress how perfectly. I really think I’ve watched Drive a couple times just to listen to the soundtrack, and I don’t know if I can say that about any other movie. Cliff Martinez’s score, coupled with stand-out tracks from AMAZING artists like Kavinsky, College, Desire, and Chromatics, permeates the movie with a dark and shadowy feel to it, much like the theme of the movie, in a compliment to Ryan Gosling’s character.

His character is the silent and mysterious type, like a man who is struggling to find a way to balance a normal life. He does this with his (hot) neighbor, and his dark, illegal alter-ego. I bring that up because there are lyrics in Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” that mimic the movie, as if voicing the theme flawlessly: “I want to drive you through the night… but have no fear / There’s something inside you, it’s hard to explain / They’re talking about you boy, but you’re still the same.” To me, that expresses the whole theme of the movie perfectly, and for Martinez to piece that together is simply praiseworthy.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Unless they recently took it off, it should be on Netflix, for all you Netflix freaks out there. GO WATCH IT, and really soak in the music in the soundtrack. The whole experience is amazing, and it’s so rewarding when music and cinema come together in such a harmonious way like that. It’s utterly moving. If you don’t want to go watch it, or don’t have time, that’s perfectly fine; but I highly encourage everyone to go check out the soundtrack. You can listen to the soundtrack on iTunes, Spotify, or even YouTube. If you don’t want to do that, at least just listen to a few recommendations (my three favorites): “A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth)” by College, “Under Your Spell” by Desire, and “Nightcall” by Kavinsky.

P.S, a BIG shout-out to Kavinsky who’s long-awaited LP “OutRun” came out February 25th, and is above kick-ass.

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