Six Feet Under [Soundtrack]

Six Feet Under [Soundtrack]

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Released to coincide with the second season HBO's offbeat hit series, the Six Feet Under soundtrack takes a page out of The Sopranos creator David Chase's book -- wrap your dark and funny episodic storytelling in an eclectic array of dark and suggestive music. Starting with composer Thomas Newman's winsome "Six Feet Under Main Theme" and its use of oboe…  See more details below

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Released to coincide with the second season HBO's offbeat hit series, the Six Feet Under soundtrack takes a page out of The Sopranos creator David Chase's book -- wrap your dark and funny episodic storytelling in an eclectic array of dark and suggestive music. Starting with composer Thomas Newman's winsome "Six Feet Under Main Theme" and its use of oboe and dappled strings, executive producers Alan Ball and Alan Poul, along with music supervisors Thomas Golubic and Gary Calamar, take as unorthodox an approach to musical selections as they do to the show's story lines. Several tracks have a left-field electronica bent, including Lamb's swirling "Heaven," the Stereo MC's hip-hop-fueled "Deep Down & Dirty," and Zero 7's gorgeous ambient soul piece "Distractions." Other notable cuts include PJ Harvey's raging B-side "One Too Many," Shuggie Otis's soul-funk nugget "Inspiration Information," and the Dandy Warhols' infectious anthem "Bohemian like You." The disc's consistency comes more from mood than genre, however, as the tasty samba "Mis Dos Pequenas" by Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) fits in comfortably alongside remixes of Newman's theme -- from dark soul producers Rae & Christian and drum 'n' bass guru Photek -- that incorporate bits of show dialogue and chugging dance beats. The Six Feet Under CD mines the underground, so to speak, for songs that work as well in individual scenes as they do strung together in a packaged musical program.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044001703126
catalogNumber:
017031

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Tracks

  1. Six Feet Under Title Theme @@Thomas Newman
  2. Heaven @@Lamb
  3. Deep Down & Dirty @@Stereo MC's
  4. I Love Being Here With You @@Peggy Lee
  5. One Time Too Many @@PJ Harvey
  6. Squares @@The Beta Band
  7. Distractions @@Zero 7
  8. Inspiration/Information @@Shuggie Otis
  9. Pure & Easy @@The Dining Rooms
  10. Let's Go Out Tonight @@Craig Armstrong (feat. Paul Buchanan)
  11. Spooky @@Classics IV
  12. Bohemian Like You @@The Dandy Warhols
  13. Mis Dos Pequenas @@Orlando Cachaito Lopez
  14. Waiting (Tom Lord-Alge Remix) @@Devlins
  15. Six Feet Under Title Theme (Rae & Christian Remix) @@Thomas Newman
  16. Six Feet Under Title Theme (Photek Remix) @@Thomas Newman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peggy Lee   Track Performer
Julie London   Track Performer
Classics IV   Track Performer
Devlins   Track Performer
Paul Buchanan   Track Performer
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Track Performer
Thomas Newman   Track Performer
Dandy Warhols   Track Performer
Lamb   Track Performer
Zero 7   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Shuggie Otis   Producer
Stereo MC's   Producer
PJ Harvey   Producer
Craig Armstrong   Producer
Buddy Buie   Producer
Nick Gold   Producer
Pierre Marchand   Producer
Jay Michaels   Soundtrack Supervisor
Thomas Newman   Arranger
John Parish   Producer
Guy Sigsworth   Producer
Henry Binns   Composer
Sam Hardaker   Composer
Tommy Oliver   Producer
Photek   Remixing
Jeri Heiden   Package Art Direction
Kathy Nelson   Soundtrack Executive
Rae & Christian   Remixing
Colin Devlin   Composer
Beta Band   Producer
Sia   Composer
Zero 7   Producer
Dining Rooms   Producer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer
Alan Poul   Soundtrack Executive Producer

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