The soundtrack for David Gordon Green's follow-up to George Washington doesn't necessarily feature the kind of music the characters in his gentle romance would listen to, but it fits the laid-back mood of the film to a T. (It's easier to imagine these aimless rural kids listening to old-time rock & roll than to recent alt-country and indie rock.) Fittingly, the best songs appear at the very beginning and the very end of the soundtrack. Will Oldham's pensive "All These Vicious Dogs" plays during the opening scene, in which the Paul (Paul Schnieder) and Noel (Zooey Deschanel) map out the parameters of their soon-to-be rocky relationship, while the Promise Ring's dreamy singalong "Say Goodbye Good," a cross between "Hey Jude" and "All the Young Dudes," plays during the end credits. Aside from the previously released vocal tracks, the soundtrack includes three minimalist instrumentals from Michael Linnen and David Wingo, who also worked on George Washington. If there's one song that doesn't quite fit, it would be gospel singer Isaac Freeman's soothing, basso profundo ballad, "Beautiful Stars," which sounds a bit like Isaac Hayes or Barry White sans the funk.
AllMusic Review by Kathleen C. Fennessy