It might be an easy comparison to make, but the soundtrack to HBO's Six Feet Under bears a striking resemblance to the first volume of music released for American Beauty, screenwriter Alan Ball's other controversial and much-lauded success. Both soundtracks feature edgy-yet-emotive music from critically acclaimed artists, excerpts from expressive scores, and a few well-chosen oldies. Lamb's delicately spooky "Heaven" and Craig David's "Let's Go Out Tonight" fit Six Feet Under's sophisticated mix of wit and emotion, while PJ Harvey's ferociously sexy, messed-up "One Time Too Many" was used to excellent effect in the first episode of Six Feet Under's second season. There are a few pleasant surprises like the Dining Rooms' eerie "Pure & Easy" and Orlando Cachaito Lopez's sultry "Mis Dos Pequenas" and some vintage selections like Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You," Classics IV's "Spooky," and Julie London's rendition of the Troggs' "Yummy Yummy Yummy." Ultimately, Six Feet Under's best and most appropriate piece is Thomas Newman's title theme; its uptight, whimsical, yet undeniably dramatic vibe captures the show's appeal better than anything else on the soundtrack, including the remixes of the theme by Rae & Christian and Photek.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares