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Down In Heaven

Twin Peaks - Down In Heaven
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2016 Ratings: #401 / 905
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2016 Ratings: #181
May 13, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Grand Jury / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit
With their third album, Twin Peaks have become not just one of the most exciting young bands in the Chicago music scene, but in the entire rock landscape.

This is the sort of indie rock where you listen with your arms folded, your head moving to the laid-back beats, feeling way happier about it than you may visibly show.

The five-piece have added consideration and restraint to their usual wheezing approach.
The 405

Without question, Twin Peaks has nailed the mood they strove for with Down In Heaven. Sunken and Wild Onion were solid outings, but it feels as if the group has really hit their stride here with their third and best LP to date.


A well-rounded and buoyant album, Down in Heaven is Twin Peaks' most mature work to date and a satisfying listen, even if it lacks some of the urgency that made their past work so thrilling.

Coupling a dexterity honed over countless live shows with a wry sense of humour, with ‘Down In Heaven’ the band find their own slice of paradise, primed and ready for anyone else who wants it too.

If on average more reflective and restrained -- though here these terms are all relative -- established fans will be glad to know that Down in Heaven still carries the torch of garage rock, and anyone who misses the free-spirited, clattering style of those influences has a generous 13 new tracks to enjoy.


It’s in this simplicity that the ace sound lies; Twin Peaks have built on the influences of past greats and have taken the youthful spirit and freedom of the ‘60s – which many bands try and fail to grasp – and have made something scuzzy, fresh, and just downright fun.


An energetic and indebted collection of highbrow garage rock suitable for mass consumption.

Pretty Much Amazing
Twin Peaks aren’t doing a whole lot that hasn't been done before. But I’ll be damned if they aren’t having a whole lot of fun doing it.
A.V. Club

Down In Heaven is another play in a long game in which the band builds a discography that honors each of its artistic impulses.

The Chicago rock band turns in a casual, charmingly low-key set of kitchen-table blues, slow-dance serenades, and unplugged power pop.

Down in Heaven finds Twin Peaks trying hard to grow up while retaining Wild Onion’s charming immaturity. The unhinged energy of the last record has been toned down in favor of a more sedate approach, and although that immediate, primal energy is missed upon initial listens, the more relaxed approach fits rather well.

The Guardian

Despite this being a record that speaks pretty explicitly to 40-odd years ago, the clattering exuberance of both the sentiment and the sound means it feels far from stale.

Consequence of Sound
The record ends up being too careful, even occasionally uninspired. Yet Twin Peaks seem to know where they are going, and will continue to find the right way to walk that tightrope between youthfulness and maturity.
Under The Radar

On Down in Heaven, they ditch their loose-ended approach to songwriting and make a flinchingly poor attempt at channelling the kind of intimate commentaries that The Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society does so well.

They continue their streak, but this time around it almost has more of a Kurt Vile sound-alike feel than their established sound from Wild Onion. Still an overall enjoyable album.
Tied between this and Sunken for my favorite album by TP. Production is better on this one and they've definitely mellowed in sound too. Overall some nice fuzzy comfy rock music
They're obviously growing up and maturing and this record shows it. Wild Onion will always be my favorite by them, but it's nice to see them evolving and also it's real nice to have Colin Croom singing a tune in this one.
Your average 70’s teenage pop/rock album with some nice touches and some cool vibes, but nothing too special. The vocals are fun, sometimes over the top but mostly pleasant to listen to. The instruments play with attitude and great pace but ultimately they end up being forgettable. The production is so safe, like I feel I’ve heard this one million times before. Still catchy and sweet, it might be worth checking out.

Fav tracks: Cold Lips, Holding Roses.
Least fav track: Heavenly ... read more
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Track List

  1. Walk to the One You Love
  2. Wanted You
  3. My Boys
  4. Butterfly
  5. You Don't
  6. Cold Lips
  7. Heavenly Showers
  8. Keep It Together
  9. Getting Better
  10. Holding Roses
  11. Lolisa
  12. Stain
  13. Have You Ever
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Added on: February 1, 2016