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This is a collection of mostly dark and sinister music from the movie 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'. It features some stunning works from Angelo Badalamenti and angelic vocals from Julee Cruise. It's much darker than the music from the TV show and it actually feels quite scary in places! My favourite track is 'Sycamore Trees' which is a sublime slow, jazz number performed by Jimmy Scott. Overall the album is very atmospheric and is a great representation of the story of Twin Peaks and the murder of the beauty queen 'Laura Palmer'.
Sometimes a bad film is saved by a particularly brilliant soundtrack, but that's not the case for Angelo Badalamenti's score for the messy Twin Peaks movie 'Fire Walk With Me,' an attempt to redefine the popular series as a feature film franchise following its TV cancellation that ultimately failed because the film was so unsatisfying. It's not completely awful, but in presenting the events in the last week of doomed teenager Laura Palmer's life that were slowly and tantalisingly revealed over the course of about twenty episodes, it's redundant and demystifying while trying to offer something new to fans in the form of over-the-top David Lynch weirdness jut for the sake of it, in the process alienating any casual filmgoers who may not have kept up diligently with the series from its illustrious beginnings to its bland, tedious, early end.
For some reason, Badalamenti's score (which also features several contributions written or performed by others) almost entirely follows the jazz style that formed part of the series' atmosphere, but increases it beyond the point of relaxation to something much more randomised, experimental and annoying for anyone other than experimental jazz fans - and even those are bound to despair at its comparatively mainstream direction when compared to stuff like John Zorn that they pretend to like. Absent are the sinister keyboards that flowed throughout the TV series, replaced by more prominent saxophones and deranged narrative musings in the Thought Gang pieces, while even Lynch himself has a crack at composing with the boring 'The Pink Room' and the uncharacteristically pleasant 'Best Friends' that marks the very late turning point of the album from terrible to somewhat good.
The final four tracks eschew the jazz in favour of more melancholy piano-driven sounds (including a cello in the nice 'Moving Through Time') that actually go some way to approaching the original style of the TV series, and for listeners who can't recall the glorious original themes, they're presented in a very neatly edited medley that draws attention to some of the series' greatest hits, though in a much more brief and less satisfying manner than on the TV show's own soundtrack album. Earlier on the CD, series regular Julee Cruise gets to provide another song in the form of 'Questions in a World of Blue' that isn't particularly inspiring but is an island of calm amidst the ocean of commotion, and there's also a slight resurgence of Badalamenti's 'Audrey's Theme' in track four featuring the same finger-snapping and xylophone that's probably more down to a lack of originality than anything.
The album starts disappointingly by serving up a main title theme that isn't in any way memorable, and only ends up drawing attention to its own failings by going back to Badalamenti's earlier material that stands out as by far the best music here. Part of the failure of 'Fire Walk With Me' comes in its unsupervised excess compared to the more confining strictures of the TV series, and while Lynch indulged himself through stripping Sheryl Lee bare on numerous occasions and writing a cameo for David Bowie that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, Badalamenti just went crazy with a jazz band and made some boring songs.
1. Theme from Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me
2. The Pine Float
3. Sycamore Trees (Jimmy Scott)
4. Don't Do Anything (I Wouldn't Do)
5. A Real Indication (Thought Gang)
6. Questions in a World of Blue (Julee Cruise)
7. The Pink Room (David Lynch)
8. The Black Dog Runs at Night (Thought Gang)
9. Best Friends (David Lynch / David Slusser)
10. Moving Through Time
11. Montage from Twin Peaks: Girl Talk / Birds in Hell / Laura Palmer's Theme / Falling
12. The Voice of Love
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Twin Peaks (Fire Walk With Me)
2 Pine Float
3 Sycamore Trees
4 Don't Do Anything (I Wouldn't Do)
5 Real Indication
6 Questions In A World Of Blue
7 Pink Room
8 Black Dog Runs At Night
9 Best Friends
10 Moving Through Time
11 Montage From Twin Peaks