Soundtrack
Lost Highway


5.0
classic

Review

by FritzTheCat420 USER (19 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2011 | 41 replies | 6,035 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Few albums deserve a 5 rating. Compilations generally don't rate this high. And soundtracks are mostly disposable, with a few rare examples, Lost Highway being one of them. The 1997 David Lynch film was underscored with original music by composer Angelo Badalamenti, and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, as well as strategically placed rock songs selected by Reznor, and it's one of the most listenable soundtracks you're ever likely to encounter.

The original material and compiled selections provide perfect atmospheric backing to Lynch's psychological thriller masterpiece, and the album can be pretty much listened to over and over on its own. The music from Lost Highway is not as diverse as Lynch's soundtrack for Wild At Heart (which combined 1950s rock and roll, punk, thrash, and classical music), but Reznor has selected a nice selection of mostly-industrial, alternative rock and metal cuts, with a couple of jazz songs and dark original score selections, including an industrial-tinged Badalamenti/Reznor collaboration.

Lost Highway is opened and closed with David Bowie and Brian Eno's industrial-tinged "I'm Deranged", the highlight of the set. The Rammstein inclusions "Rammstein" and "Heirate Mich", chosen by Lynch himself, who is a fan of the band, helped launch the German metal band's international career; "Heirate Mich" is the darkest cut on this set, and is essentially about marrying a corpse.

Also worth noting is Marilyn Manson's cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You". He clearly enjoyed doing this one. Another Manson cut, "Apple of Sodom" appears, with both tracks fitting perfectly into Lynch's world. NIN is represented by one of the band's best cuts, "The Perfect Drug".

Missing from the set, however, happens to be one of the best musical moments in the film: This Mortal Coil's haunting cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren", which was the stylistic inspiration for the first two albums of Badalamenti/Lynch-mentored singer Julee Cruise.

If you have any soundtracks in your music collection, make sure that this is one of them.



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aok
May 2nd 2011



4386 Comments


love this soundtrack! well, i haven't actually listened to it, but i love the movie and the music in the movie is freaking awesome

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

DiceMan
May 2nd 2011



7068 Comments


This movie would be good if it made any sense. It's essentially David Lynch just taking a shit on your mind.

aok
May 2nd 2011



4386 Comments


it's actually my 2nd favorite lynch flick behind mulholland drive.

seen twin peaks (series not film), blue velvet (i didnt get it!), elephant man, eraserhead.

HUGE fan of the guy though and as soon as summer hits, i'm juping into inland empire and then fire walk with me and then ...

omnipanzer
May 2nd 2011



21442 Comments


Love this ST.

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omnipanzer
May 2nd 2011



21442 Comments


Love this ST.

MO
May 2nd 2011



18417 Comments


Awesome movie, awesome soundtrack.

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

Meatplow
May 2nd 2011



5524 Comments


Terrible movie, soundtrack was pretty good though. Not a fan of Lynch.

I dislike that opening paragraph. I do like your username though

aok
May 2nd 2011



4386 Comments


yea that'll be the first of my ...

Ovrot
May 2nd 2011



10486 Comments


Good soundtrack

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Scrambled
May 2nd 2011



391 Comments


Great album, good review. Also, the related soundtracks are hilarious...

aok
May 2nd 2011



4386 Comments


^ yea, i came in with fairly low expectations but this thing was rather amazing

eggsvonsatan
May 2nd 2011



1087 Comments


I've seen this movie 3 times and still don't get it. And I'm a big Lynch fan.

aok
May 2nd 2011



4386 Comments


i saw blue velvet and didn't get it but i wasn't paying too close attention.

i mean, the guy's transformations are very open to interpretation and the scary evil dude is real abstract, but i still got a good sense of what all the characters were about even if i wasn't sure how they fit together. i like lynch films so much because they're engaging and this certainly was for me so it's really all i could ask of it.

aok
May 3rd 2011



4386 Comments


just one week til i can watch lynch in whatever inebriated state i wish... so close

aok
May 3rd 2011



4386 Comments


i've got school shit to deal with til saturday. then i've decided i'm putting chemicals in my body and watching inland empire some point next week

aok
May 3rd 2011



4386 Comments


whoa -- leland went fucking batshit in that scene

aok
May 3rd 2011



4386 Comments


it kindof makes absolutely no sense that he did though. i heard they revealed the killer prematurely to boost ratings, so maybe they didn't even initially intend for it to be him. just like how most of mulholland drive was a pilot for a tv series...

btw, is fire walk with me any good? i mean i have to get around to it, but kinda wondering if it'll be worth it

aok
May 3rd 2011



4386 Comments


yea -- the 'deputy brennan' and dick storyline was always pretty funny + the detective was always pretty cheery

eggsvonsatan
May 3rd 2011



1087 Comments


i really want to watch Twin Peaks again, but I think I might completely loose my sanity. Not to mention most of my free time.

aok
May 3rd 2011



4386 Comments


yeh -- i'll probly watch it again if i'm dating a chick who's into it or something but probly wouldn't just go through it on my own.

btw, 'die eier von satan' amiright? always nice to see tool well-represented



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