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Arbitrage (Music from the Motion Picture)


Composer: Cliff Martinez
Songs by: Björk, You Say Party!, Robi Botos and Billie Holiday
Milan Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 11 September 2012

Arbitrage, the feature directorial debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed...

Cliff Martinez's original score for Arbitrage may work wonderfully well to add atmosphere in the movie, but listened to on its own merits it just didn't work for me. It's atmospheric, but without the onscreen images to accompany the score, it sounds dull and lifeless.

There also five artist tracks included - none of which really did anything for me. Björk's warblings no longer hold much interest; the Billie Holiday song is more like it; and the Stan Getz and Robi Botos tracks are worth a quick listen.

The album contains 25 tracks and lasts for 1 hr, 10 min, 42 sec.


Darren Rea

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