Music Review: Drive OST

Music is as instrumental to a film's success as the story itself. Drive, a splendid neo-noir directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is a case in example. The music composed by Cliff Martinez is nothing short of stunning and deserves a separate hearing. Drawing from an eclectic mix of synth-pop, the tunes (both the background score as well the soundtrack) have a superb vintage feel to it. The opening credit track Nightcall (by French electronic musician Kavinsky featuring Lovefoxxx) is arresting and sets the mood spot-on.

A Real Hero (College featuring Electric Youth) serves as the keynote melody and is in fact the underlying theme of the movie as well. Other highlights of the OST include Hammer, Bride of Deluxe (Cliff Martinez). To be honest, I have never enjoyed a Hollywood movie soundtrack this much (Titanic, Gladiator, Inception being the others). As James Verniere of the Boston Herald says, "The cool crowd isn't just watching Drive; they're listening to it, too... The Drive soundtrack is such an integral part of the experience of the film, once you see it, you can't imagine the film without it." Couldn't have summed it up better!