CD review: ‘Music from the Motion Picture Spring Breakers’

April 27, 2013 

Music Review Spring Breakers

This CD cover image released by Big Beat/WEA shows the movie soundtrack, "Music From The Motion Picture Spring Breakers," by various artists.


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Deranged hipster tunes

When controversial director Harmony Korine hired electronic-dance-music gods Skrillex to co-compose the score to the deranged beach flick “Spring Breakers,” it was a molten-hot match in hipster-doofus heaven. Add co-composer Cliff Martinez (onetime Captain Beefheart drummer, who scored “Traffic” and “Drive”), and “Spring Breakers” star James Franco to the mix, and the whole thing is so hip that Steve McQueen is turning in James Dean’s grave.

While MCs Gucci Maine, Philly’s Meek Mill, and the aforementioned Franco (his thuggish “Hangin’ With Da Dopeboys” is so bad, it’s worse) make this soundtrack pop, it’s dubstep-DJ doyen Skrillex and Martinez’s boiling EDM-scored bits that put the proceedings over the top.

Using his paintball-party smash “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” as an introduction to the melee, Skrillex’s dissonant, ambient “Park Smoke” and his glitchy, Daft Punk-ish “With You, Friends (Long Drive)” show a knack for a soundtrack’s personality away from (and within) the confines of a film.

Martinez’s moments show why he is the go-to guy for daring director Steven Soderbergh. And when Skrillex and Martinez connect for their moody collaboration “Bikinis & Big Booties Y’all,” the summer wind comes blowing with hot hurricane force and some robotic funk for good measure.

A.D. Amorosi – Philadelphia Inquirer

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