The strength of HBO's Golden Globe-winning series Six Feet Under is its blanket quirkiness, magnificent characterization, and overarching themes of life and death.

The strength of HBO's Golden Globe-winning series Six Feet Under is its blanket quirkiness, magnificent characterization, and overarching themes of life and death. The companion soundtrack's strength is that it captures the essence of this atypical show so strongly with its mix of new and well-known tracks. Thomas Newman's bare title theme kicks off the slightly eerie mood of the album, which also features two remixes (by Photek and Rae & Christian) of the theme. The breathy, electronic "Heaven" by Lamb, the Stereo MC's' funky "Deep Down & Dirty," and the instrumental groove of the Dining Rooms' "Pure & Easy" are standouts. Ditto for Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You" and Craig Armstrong's "Let's Go Out Tonight." The project's always changing musical atmosphere—encompassing rock'n'roll (the Dandy Warhols' "Bohemian Like You"), oldies (Classic IV's "Spooky"), and Latin (Orlando Cachaito Lopez's "Mis Dos Pequeñas)—mirrors the series' true originality.—JP

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