Flea: Anthony St. James/Retna
Josh Tyrangiel
January 22, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Maybe one day we’ll find out what it’s like not to heap praise on a Steven Soderbergh related project. Alas, the Traffic soundtrack — cool, atmospheric, but never boring — deserves acclaim. With the help of Flea and Herbie Hancock, Cliff Martinez (ex Chili Peppers drummer and frequent Soderbergh collaborator) uses electric keys and the occasional drum loop to create eerie, delicately sustained tension that makes more predictable Morcheeba and Fatboy Slim cuts unnecessary.

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