Sometimes a film comes out that overwhelms you so much, you can't get enough of it. You watch it three more times, cruise the website, devour the magazine articles and buy the soundtrack. "Traffic" heartily feeds this compulsion. Largely backdrop mixes of mood-altering ambient compositions to escort Steven Soderbergh's war-on-drugs epic, the disc (for once) acts more like a score rather than the media-savvy publicity vehicle the majority of Hollywood soundtracks offer. Ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper Cliff Martinez (with company from Herbie Hancock and Flea) is responsible for the low-key yet profoundly luring score, which apart from a plot and Catherine Zeta-Jones, still fulfills an engaging groove all its own.
Also featuring the typically techno "Give the Po' Man a Break" a la Fatboy Slim, the token Beethoven masterpiece, and a trippy yet experimentally perverse cut by Rocker's HiFi, "Going Under," remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister (the "Love and Insanity Dub"), "Traffic" passes for a temporary fix for the DVD release as well as I-4's hellish rush hour.