Review: Twin Peaks – The Limited Series Soundtrack

"Agent Cooper, see you in 25 years."

Nearly keeping Laura Palmer's promise of a return, 26 years after the last episode aired on ABC, David Lynch and Mark Frost have brought the famed television show back to life with a limited run revival on Showtime to critical acclaim and positive fan response. One of the show's standout elements is the timeless score and the musical segments in the revival handpicked by David Lynch to appear during the Roadhouse segments of the show. Two CDs were released upon the conclusion of the revival, one containing the score and the other containing the soundtrack with most of the songs used during the new run.

The Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack contains score music by Angelo Badalamenti who composed "Twin Peaks Theme", "Audrey's Dance", and many of the other non-diegetic musical instances (although in this case, "Audrey's Dance" was explicitly diegetic in the series). This album was released as a direct companion to a second album released at the same time. The original soundtrack contains what is essentially just score, while Twin Peaks: Music from the Limited Event Series contains music from artists such as Eddie Vedder, Nine Inch Nails, and Chromatics used during the Roadhouse segments of the revival.

Twin Peaks (Music CD)

Twin Peaks (Streaming Music)

Twin Peaks (Music CD)

Twin Peaks (Streaming Music)

What makes the original soundtrack release significant is that there are a few tracks that have never been released before, including some unreleased work by Badalamenti who has been the show's composer since the show's inception . Because of this, the audience for the original soundtrack lies squarely in the fans of the show. As a fan of the show, it's nice to hear the cheesy yet charming music that identifies and is pivotal to the identity of Twin Peaks. This is a perfect blend of classics heard on the original run, while adding tracks such as "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima", which was used in one of the most impactful episodes of the new run.

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