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Twin Peaks Soundtrack Review by Brian Hirst


The following review was sent in by Brian Hirst. Thanks very much my friend!

Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch collaborated to create an accompanying score to Twin Peaks, which is every bit as iconic as the show itself, and remains one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of television soundtracks. The album begins with the aptly named, Twin Peaks Theme, and from the very opening note of Badalamenti’s piano, it coveys to the listener the inception of a dark surrealistic journey. Furthermore its acid-laden soap opera-esque tones create a rich symbiotic relationship between the show and the score. The masterful, Laura Palmer’s Theme,represents the pinnacle of the Twin Peaks score. It defines the show on a musical level even more so than the opening instrumental and perfectly evokes the desperate final moments of Laura Palmer’s life. The music segues from the deeply sinister to the almost unbearably sad, weaving together a wonderful array of moods encompassing dread, tragedy and perhaps the slightest inkling of hope. However, to describe this as the epoch of the soundtrack should not pay any disservice to the rest of the album. The mesmerising acid-jazz of, Audrey's Dance and The Bookhouse Boys, morph exquisitely and without warning from the warm and dreamy to the dark and unsettling. Despite the title, Nightlife in Twin Peaks, doesn’t exactly conjure up warm memories of drinks with friends. Rather it impresses upon the listener a bare, desolate and nightmarish landscape. Perhaps knowing the world of Twin Peaks this is intentional and simultaneously a little bit of a subtle joke from Lynch. Then there is the, Dance of the Dream Man, a track most synonymous with the classic Red Room scene and features a simply irresistible saxophone solo, making you wish you could dance even half as well as Michael J. Anderson aka The Little Man from Another Place. These instrumentals contrast perfectly with three haunting vocal tracks, from the angelic voice of Julee Cruise. The eerie, hypnotic and otherworldly vibes of, The Nightingale, make for one of the most emotive pieces of music on the entire album. The music of Twin Peaks is now fast approaching thirty years of age and is still yet to be surpassed by any other television score. This speaks to its timeless quality and the intrinsic creative bond between Badalamenti and Lynch that made it possible.


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