X-Files [Import Bonus Track]

X-Files [Import Bonus Track]


The X-Files had already produced one of the more interesting pop soundtracks of the '90s before the cult TV series made the jump to the big screen in 1998. Like its film counterpart, the soundtrack to The X-Files movie is similar to its small-screen incarnation -- only bigger, glossier, and better-produced. That may result in an excellent movie, but it means that the soundtrack simply isn't as quirky as Songs in the Key of X. There are still a few odd selections that preserve the off-kilter feeling of the series, but on the whole, the collection is loaded with big names and alternative almost-stars. For the most part, everyone involved lands upon the right dark vibe, but a few -- such as Tonic's "Flower Man," Better Than Ezra's "One More Murder," Filter's "Hey Man, Nice Shot," and the revamp of Three Dog Night's "One" -- don't quite deliver. Others, like X's cover of the the Doors' "Crystal Ship," and Sting and Aswad's reworking of "Invisible Sun," are well-intentioned but unsuccessful. Nevertheless, there are some terrific moments here. Björk's "The Hunter" (also on Homogenic -- the only track here that is non-exclusive) -- is a chilling masterpiece; William Orbit remixes Sarah McLachlan's "Black" into haunting trip-hop; the Cure's "More Than This" is an unexpected gem; the Cardigans reveal their dark side with "Deuce"; Noel Gallagher's fine "Teotihuacan" is a Primal Scream track by any other name; and Ween's "Beacon Light" -- by far the catchiest thing here -- brilliantly sends up Mulder's search for the truth and the entire X-Files fan base. Those cuts make the mediocre, the dull, and the bad tolerable, but they're enough to make The X-Files the best alt-rock soundtrack of the summer of 1998. Granted, that's not much of a victory, but it's a victory nevertheless. [The import edition includes a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/02/2001
Label: Wea International
UPC: 0075596226622
catalogNumber: 22662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Harrison   Piano
Mike Oldfield   Track Performer
Jack Knoebber   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

John Kirkpatrick   Executive Producer
Aswad   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Harrison   Producer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Mike Oldfield   Producer
Sting   Composer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
William Orbit   Producer,Remixing
Ween   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer,Producer
John Densmore   Composer
Björk   Composer,Producer
Soul Coughing   Producer
Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Burn   Producer,Engineer
Paul Corkett   Producer,Engineer
Mark Coyle   Producer
Karl Derfler   Engineer
Rae DiLeo   Engineer
Markus Dravs   Engineer
Kevin Griffin   Composer
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer
Steve Orchard   Engineer
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Robert Smith   Composer,Producer
Sebastian Steinberg   Composer
David Weiss   Executive Producer
Foo Fighters   Composer
Noel Gallagher   Composer,Producer
Mark de Gli Antoni   Composer
M. Doughty   Composer
Yuval Gabay   Composer
Tonic   Composer,Producer
Dust Brothers   Producer
Greg Frey   Producer,Engineer
Mark Snow   Composer
Steve Mixdorf   Engineer
Sean Spuehler   Programming
Wayne Dorell   Engineer
Matt Silva   Engineer
Emerson Hart   Composer
Tore Johansson   Producer
Peter Svensson   Composer
Dave Way   Engineer
Nina Persson   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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