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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000006OAQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. One - Filter
2. Flower Man - Tonic
3. Walking After You - Foo Fighters
4. Beacon Light - Ween
5. Invisible Sun - Aswad
6. Deuce - The Cardigans
7. One More Murder - Better Than Ezra
8. More Than This - The Cure
9. Hunter - Bjork
10. 16 Horses - Soul Coughing
11. Crystal Ship - X
12. Black - Sarah McLachlan
13. Teotihuacan - Noel Gallagher
14. The X-Files Theme - The Dust Brothers

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According to the liner notes, 20 million people gather 'round the tube to watch The X-Files each week, so it's not a stretch to believe that the movie will be huge beyond belief. With that kind of hype, the producers were under a lot of pressure to put together an incredible soundtrack to back it up. At first glance, the disc looks aptly huge, featuring artists like Foo Fighters, The Cure, Bjork, and Sting. How does it stand up? Surprisingly, the smaller groups are the ones providing the best music within. Filter's reworking of Three Dog Night's "One" kicks the disc into high gear but the excitement plummets from there. The Foo Fighter's new track, "Walking After You," is a softly-sung mediocre pop song; Sting should be ashamed to be regurgitating yet another number ("Invisible Sun" with World Beat artist Aswad). It's also disappointing to see the inclusion of already-released cuts, like Bjork's "Hunter" and a forcibly altered version of Sarah Mclachlan's "Black." --Denise Sheppard

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By Deimos on 15 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I like half of this album, mainly Teotihuacan track and the X files remixed theme. The others are fairly hit and miss unless your fond of the particular artists. If you stay with the last track it runs on for about 10-15 mins, there is a complete explanation of the X files mythology as an additional item. I found this really useful just to tie the loose ends of the story together. It explains about the black oil, the role of the syndicate, and the forthcoming invasion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are some good songs on this X-Files movie soundtrack, but there are really only three tracks that seem to evoke the X-Files mania in my blood: One's Filter, Better Than Ezra's One More Murder, and, just barely thanks to the crazy remix done by The Dust Brothers, The X-Files Theme. The other tracks really just don't strike me as X-Files material. This is not to say I dislike the other tracks, though. I don't really care for the Foo Fighters, but Walking After You is more than satisfactory to my ears. Ween's Beacon Light, The Cardigans' Deuce, and Soul Coughing's 16 Horses are somewhat unusual yet positive introductions to bands I am unfamiliar with. I was happy to find a track from The Cure included on the soundtrack, although I prefer Robert Smith when he is more depressed and maudlin. Bjork's music is particularly hard to describe; Hunter, a song you can certainly find elsewhere as well, is quite good, but I'm not sure how much Bjork I could stand at one time. Of course, with the good come the bad. I know nothing about X except for the fact that someone should tell her/them that Jim Morrison does not need any help singing classic Doors songs. Sting is always annoying to me, and his collaboration with Aswad on Invisible Sun is par for the course. Noel Gallagher's Teotihuacan is nothing but music lasting an incredibly long seven minutes. If you let the last track keep playing, after several minutes of silence you will hear Chris Carter expound upon the X-Files mythology, which is a nice addition. Thus, this soundtrack is actually a pretty good one, offering a number of different types of music, but for the most part the album just isn't dark and mysterious enough to put me in mind of The X-Files when I play it.
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By Monica Pujante on 1 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I's a great album, plenty of good songs, if you love the x files you must have it, if not it's a cool pop-rock album, you'll enjoy!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on 10 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I love the X-Files, I saw the movie and i loved it even more - I first discovered the Foo Fighters from this soundtrack and I'm not crazy about them. Walking After you is one of the most beautiful songs ever and this version certainly beats the Foo album version. Tonic came as a surprise, very intriguing i gotta say!all in all a grrrrrrrreat album!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice collection of music, if not that representative. 13 Feb. 2001
By Gary Gardner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"X-Files" producer Chris Carter was personally involved in the production and compilation of this soundtrack album. Truth be known, very few of the songs compiled here are actually heard in the "The X-Files" 1998 film. However, it was Carter's decision to compile this talent, if only for the fact that a movie of this scale needed to have a soundtrack of popular music to represent it. Therefore, the album is non-essential to the nature of the film, but stands alone as a fine piece of work.
Three of the tracks are remakes: Filter performs the Three Dog Night song, "One"; however, it is a minimalist screamer that does no justice to the musicality of the original; Sting teams up with Aswad to do a nice reggae dig at The Police's "Invisible Sun", featuring great opening synth; too bad the guitar solo's buried in the mix; and X remakes "Crystal Ship" in a style reminiscent of It's a Beautiful Day...if they were to recreate a Doors song.
Fans of Sarah McLachlan probably won't care for the eerie, dark "Black". I know, my sister-in-law's a big fan of McLachlan's, and she shuns it. Those who like the nihilistic musical landscapes of Bjork will love "Hunter"; it is stark and mystifying all at the same time.
The best tracks are "Walking After You" by the Foo Fighters (featured in the film's end credits); "Deuce" by the Cardigans, before they, too, unfortunately went minimalist with their last album; and Better Than Ezra's "One More Murder".
The Dust Brothers' unusual, spacy arranging of "The X-Files Theme" features a solid synth backing, along with a heavy dose of stomping drum machines. After this song, fast forward your CD player to 10:13 as the time; there, you'll hear Carter talking about the X-Files mythology and how it relates to the film. Very insightful for the fans! Why 10:13? Why, that's the name of Carter's production company, of course!
Even if you're not a fan of the show, fans of alternative music will enjoy much of what's here.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great album, fits the themes of the X-Files, misinterpreted. 1 Sept. 2003
By Hexy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been an extreme, obsessed X-Files fan since 1997 (I was only 8 when the show debuted, and it frightened me. It took me a while to catch up.) I got the Fight the Future disc the summer the movie came out, and I loved it, as I still do. Some have said it is too random and doesn't fit the show/movie. They are quite wrong and need to pay closer attention to lyrics. For instance, "One" fits Mulder perfectly. The isolation, the grief over his sister, his life of lies. "Walking After You" is obviously the Mulder-Scully anthem, as is "More Than This". "Crystal Ship" just fits X-Files as a whole, especially the mythology. Really listen to the song. If you want to go further, I can almost see it as a Mulder/Scully song. "Hunter" is so obvious, which is why I am astounded when people say the song is pointless. It's such a Mulder anthem. "16 Horses" is the perfect paranoia theme song. I don't know why Chris Carter didn't play "Black" during Mulder's search for Scully in the spaceship. The lyrics/mood of the song fit that whole sequence, not to mention Mulder's quest. It's almost as if he's reading the lyrics.("And I follow the tracks that lead me down ,And I never follow what's right And they wonder sometimes when they see all the Sadness and pain the truth brings to light").Though it is an instrumental, "Teotihuacan" fits very easily into the dark underbelly of the X-Files. I just see the Syndicate in my mind everytime this song plays. It could have easily been in an episode when Mulder and Scully are doing their usual search for truth, espically a mythology episode.I've always thought of 'Flower Man" as a sort of commentary on Cig. Smoking Man. "One More Murder" is painfully obvious.I adore the theme song remix, I think it's fabulous. Just a fun kick in The X-Files' groin.I'll never forget when I first heard "the truth" at 10:13. It scared me because I didn't know it was coming up. It's a fun little treat for the hard-core X-Philes, like myself.Give the disc another spin, and you'll see (hear) Chris Carter's Mission.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Now I can watch the show AND listen to it. 5 May 2000
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I'm a huge fan of The X-Files and have been since it started, so obviously I'm going to want to give the soundtracks a try. I loved 'Songs in The Key of X' so I decided it would be worth my while to give this CD a try. One listen to it - and I was in love with it. It's great. The first song on there: The X-Files theme is a great way to kick start things, an atmospheric remix of the theme tune that's great to dance to. Then came Flower Man by Tonic - a group I'd never heard of it. I love this song, I was singing along straight away even though I'd never heard it before. Only problem - this track didn't really reflect the mood of X-Files, but good nevertheless. Next track is One by Filter. This is great, I very good track by the band that gets things rolling nicely. Then comes Walking After You by Foo Fighters. This is my favourite track on the album. From the very first line it's great. It captures Mulder and Scully's relationship perfectly, it's the perfect song for one of those times when they hug. Next track is Beacon Light by Ween. This is great, it really reflects the mood and feel of X-Files. I've never heard this band before but I'm tempted to check out more stuff. Next track is Invisible Sun by Sting/Aswad. At first I didn't like this, but now I love it. It's different but great. I can't really see it fitting in with The X-Files but it meld perfectly with the other songs on the album. Next track is Deuce by The Cardigans who are one of my favourite bands. This song is typical Cardigans, and it's laid back atmospheric style suits X-Files perfectly. Great track. Next track is One More Murder by Better Than Ezra another band I've never heard of. This is great is you listen to the lyrics you can imagine them being sung by Mulder. It totally weighs up all of the people that have been murdered in X-Files to cover up the government conspiracies. Next song is More Than This by The Cure. I love this it's laid back and melodic, it's great. Next song is Hunter by Bjork. This isn't one of the best tracks but it is good. It fits in with the other songs although I can't really imagine Mulder and Scully singing along to this. The next track is Crystal Ship by X. I love this it's quite upbeat and a bit more lively that the previous two tracks which is good. It sort of beings the album back to life after it's being plodding along quietly for a few tracks (which isn't a bad thing). The next track is Black by Sarah MacLachlan. I love this it took me a few listens to appreciated it fully. She has an amazing voice and this track reflects that. It suits X-Files especially the movie. This is quite different from her usual music so it's a nice change. Last track is another remix of The X-Files theme, which is a good way to beings things to an end. The talking bit by Chris Carter is great. It sort of summarizes where Mulder and Scully's quest towards the truth is up to, so it's good if you're slightly lost with the myth arc. It's just nice as well to see that Chris Carter has contributed to the album. I've given this five stars because I'm in love with this album. It's so nice to be able to watch the TV show and listen to it. The only critisms would be:
1. Not all of the tracks reflect the mood of X-Files, but the fact they are great tracks make up for it.
2. I think that one of the remixes of the theme tune should be the original. I don't think that two was really necessary (only the english version has two remixes of the soundtrack).
X-Files fans should definitely buy this - but only if you actually like some of the artists on the CD. Take a look and if there are three or more artists that you like then get it. If you're into alternative/rock music and are a fan of the show then buy it. Enjoy it because it is one cool album!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some Good Tunes. 23 July 2001
By Robert Blake - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"The X-Files: The Album" is not really music that goes along with the show or the movie. It is, instead, a showcasing of some popular groups jamming based on an invitation that was made to promote the X-Files Movie which wasn't that much of a hit in the end. Yet there are some pretty good tracks here. X does a fresh, good cover of The Doors song, "Crystal Ship" (I loved the addition of a female back-up vocal). Sting And Aswad do a weird little sunny pop jam with "Invisible Sun," which grows on you after a while. And Noel Gallagher does an excellent job with "Teotihuacan" which I rate as my second favorite track here after "Crystal Ship." The Dust Brothers kinda do a neat job with "The X-Files Theme" though Mark Snow is the only true exhibitor of this song. The problem here is two things: There are some extremely weak songs that lower the value of this album like Filter's "One," which has to be one of the most boring songs I've ever heard on a soundtrack album, and the lyrics for Tonic's "Flower Man" are utterly ludicrous. Foo Fighters are half and half with "Walking After You" (though the title is great). The next thing is that none of these songs really capture the atmosphere or feeling of The X-Files. A lot of the artists come close like X, Sarah McLachlan with "Black" and Noel Gallagher, but the other songs feel out of place in an X-Files compilation. Bjork, a really cool artist, presents here a repetitive little number. All in all, "The X-Files: The Album" is not great, not terrible, but somewhere in the middle.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 17 Feb. 2000
By Mandy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I LOVE this cd. I bought it the summer the movie was released and it's still my #1 pick out of my entire cd collection. I will admit, I was a little unsure at first, but after giving it a chance, it quickly grew on me. Filter's remake of "One" is pretty good if you like their style of music - don't expect it to sound like the original though. Tonic has a great song on it called "Flower Man" and Ween's "Beacon Light" is a 1000 times better than anything else they've ever done. Sting and Aswand remade "Invisible Sun" which is pretty good. The songs by The Cardigans and The Cure are both awesome. It also has a couple songs by Better than Ezra and Sarah McLachlan that are really good. "16 Horses" by Soul Coughing and "Crystal Ship" by The-X are really different but really great in their uniqueness. The instrumental by Noel Gallagher is great and The X-Files Theme by the Dust Brothers has got a great little twist to it. My least favorite on the whole cd would have to be Bjork's "Hunter." It's a decent song, I'm just not really into her music. My favorite, by far, though is definitely the track by the Foo Fighters called "Walking After You." I know, it's a little more mainstream but I think it does such a great job representing the Mulder-Scully relationship. There's also an enlightening hidden track by Chris Carter at the end. I'm a huge fan of the show, and the movie, which may explain why I like the cd so much. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, though. I think it's awesome and I can't imagine any fan of the show not liking it. Definitely a must-have.
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