The soundtrack to Sam Mendes' American Beauty features the opening and closing themes from Thomas Newman's score, as well as a mix of classic and cutting-edge rock, pop, and soul. Bobby Darin's "Don't Rain on My Parade," Betty Carter's "Open the Door," and Peggy Lee's "Bali Ha'i" add to the film's conventional, suburban setting, while Free's "All Right Now," the Who's "The Seeker," and the Folk Implosion's "Free to Go" suggest the turbulence lying just under the surface. The soundtrack also includes a previously unreleased version of the Beatles' "Because" by Elliot Smith.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares