Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks: Music from the Limited Event Series


4.1
excellent

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
September 11th, 2017 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "It's slippery in here." - teapot Bowie, circa 2017

I don't speak for anyone else but myself, but I always operated on the basic assumption that reality was more real than dreams. I mean, duh-doy, how could it not be? It's in the ***ing name, dude: 'reality'. Waking life was clear-cut, linear, tangible; dreams were impressionistic, ephemeral, gone as soon as they arrive. Things were binary and straightforward: I'm awake, then I'm asleep, then I'm awake. Why over-complicate things by believing otherwise?

If Twin Peaks: The Return taught me anything, it's not to make sweeping statements that generalise anything, because that's how you miss the little things that make life so sweet. With that in mind, I'm not gonna claim The Return opened my mind, or changed my life, or single-handedly gave me a new perspective of the way dreams inform my waking life and vice versa. Let's just say that binary line I mentioned, the one that separated my life into 'awake' and 'asleep', had already been eroding steadily as university/Aaron Weiss introduced me to tasty concepts I could pretend to understand, like solipsism and existentialism. It just took David Lynch and Mark Frost to fully destroy the line, and scatter the ashes over where it used to be. Thank god they gave us the perfect soundtrack to living inside a dream in the process.

From the jump, Music from the Limited Event Series is deeply indebted to the original series' wistful, bittersweet tones. Ironically, this is only so obvious because Lynch cruelly withholds Badalamenti's new score (found instead on the companion CD Twin Peaks (Limited Series Soundtrack)) for the first quarter of the season. Instead, gorgeous tunes from Chromatics and Rebekah Del Rio descended directly from the dreampop haze of Julee Cruise dominate, fleeting and half-glimpsed from the corner of an eye; Sharon Van Etten drops by with "Tarifa", reminding us from a real abuse survivor's perspective of the grit and grime underneath the pretty exterior of Twin Peaks (both town and show). "She's Gone Away" by The Nine Inch Nails is completely re-contextualised; a classic Trent Reznor 'darkness hiding under pretty things' lyric seems to become an explicit ode to Laura Palmer and Twin Peaks (and maybe those two were always, to quote the Fireman, 'one and the same'). James Marshall's "Just You" is garbage, of course, an embarrassing relic of Season 2's most stupid indulgences revived in the finest troll moment ever executed by any director – or so it seems, until Renee's heartbreaking reaction changes the game completely and leaves you wondering if Lynch and Frost do genuinely believe that James was always cool. This abrupt tonal shift lands superbly, but as with the season itself that isn't always the case, with Lissie's "Wild West" and The Cactus Blossoms' "Mississippi" standing as proof positive that milquetoast alt-country does not belong in your surrealist director's toolkit.

When I think of The Return in the future, my mind will wander to small, individual moments that have seared themselves to my memory – Laura Palmer's horrifying scream fading into the curtains of the Roadhouse to the "The World Spins", Agent Cooper's triumphant 'I am the FBI!', the faded footage of Philip Jeffries' 'we live inside a dream' echoing across time and beyond the grave. That last one, a seemingly throwaway line which then became the entire anchor of The Return, leads me back to my vague existential ramblings at the start of this review. From the first time I heard Bowie say those words in his terrible Southern accent, it struck me as less of an earth-shattering plot twist and more a devastating, intimate revelation between four old friends, united by circumstance and their dark fates, a desperate warning from one who knows the others cannot possibly yet understand. I don't mean to be the guy telling you wake up and see through the illusion, man after hitting too many blunts at 3am. If you've got the impression that I think I'm imparting some great learned wisdom here, I've completely failed, because knowledge and the concrete belief in knowledge are more of a dream than everything else. All it is is a feeling, a strange conviction – that reality is no more linear, straightforward or logical than dreams are, that dreams themselves are just a brain valiantly trying to sort and file the input it gets from an incomprehensible universe around it, only seeming to be impressionistic and non-linear because their real-world sources are exactly the same. Dreams feel real as anything while we're in them, after all, and if our brains can trick themselves into believing this random collage of images is the real deal, who am I, a sack of meat and synapses and bones, to disagree?



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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2017


39160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

call me David Lynch because this probably makes no fuckin' sense

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2017


15033 Comments


Enjoyable review.

Still waiting to watch the season finale tonight, have to say the show was everything I hoped it would be.

It is Lynch making his last big statement and putting every single thing that's ever interested him in this life in the one project (most amusingly so in the Roadhouse when he gets them to make a massive fuss of playing a ZZ Top tune just because they're one of Lynch's favourite three bands of all time).

I'm not going to pretend it all made sense, but similarly to a compilation which features Nine Inch Nails and Julee Cruise and "Just You" sitting next to each other, it just seems to work and there IS a logic and a unique sensibility behind it when you dig deeper.

Also: I think James is meant to be cool only so far as the whole show is meant to riff of of old cheesy soap operas and James would have been the 'cool' character in such a show. That doesn't equate to him actually being cool.

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2017


39160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

I won't go too far into the discussion until you've watched the finale because it will change everything, but I'll say I do think there is a logical, narrative throughline from Frost throughout this whole season, it's just that Lynch is improvising and deviating from it as Lynch does - I wouldn't have it any other way, that's why their relationship works so well



I did find myself weirdly liking James in this new season - he's a terrible actor most of the time for sure, but there is a weird charm to his simpleness in scenes like the green glove backstory, when it really just looks like James Marshall laughing instead of him even trying to play the character. the main problem really was he had to have every scene with either Donna or Evelyn, the two worst characters in the history of TV, in the original two series. give him some scenes with a tinge of the surreal humour and he does alright

LandDiving
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2017


1602 Comments


read this tentatively, because i'm less a "sack of meat and synapses and bones" and more a "sack of shit", so i haven't watched TP yet. BUT: WOAH UR GOOD AT WRITING WORDS!

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2017


1712 Comments


very review/10

pls show bob an vagene

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2017


39160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

*links to 15-minute bar scene from FWWM*

theBoneyKing
September 11th 2017


11742 Comments


milquetoast alt-country

^ I took personal offense to this.

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2017


15033 Comments


The version of 'Wild West' on this is real good

Also: someone should put up the tracklist for this

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2017


39160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

doneskies boss

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2017


15033 Comments


'teapot Bowie' - one of the stranger ideas in new TP agreed

hamid95
September 11th 2017


435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lissie was such a weird choice

Spluger
September 11th 2017


1707 Comments


Tarifa became my song of the summer after watching that episode. Can't wait to get this on vinyl in a week or two.

Tunaboy45
September 11th 2017


15496 Comments


Badalamenti is the master, some of the best soundtrack work of all time.

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toocool4pos
September 11th 2017


153 Comments


Is Moby's "Go" on here? Isn't that the theme from Twin Peaks?

Hellscythe
September 11th 2017


2049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this shouldn't be under Angelo Badalamenti. needs to be under Various Artists or something.

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2017


15033 Comments


^ good point

Need to listen to the Badalamenti soundtrack, see how it compares with his other output.

'Straight Story' is still my favourite of his soundtracks

StrizzMatik
September 11th 2017


3601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Season 3 and the OST were fantastic. Awesome review too.

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Hellscythe
September 11th 2017


2049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the Badalamenti soundtrack for this season is incredible, although less than half of it is actually new Badalamenti compositions. the rest is either reused from past seasons or composed by other people. still, the new stuff he did do is amazing (especially The Fireman, Headless Chicken, and Dark Space Low) and the other composers' contributions live up as well.

JigglyPDiddy
September 11th 2017


3191 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I SAY I SAY

WE AIN'T TALKIN' BOUT JUDY -Foghorn Jeffries

JigglyPDiddy
September 11th 2017


3191 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Season 3 is probably my favorite season, tbh.



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