- Composer: Mark Snow
- Audio CD (4 Dec. 2000)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sonic Images
- ASIN: B00000IPA1
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
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The Snow Files Import
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After a couple of attempts to put music from The X-Files on shelves, this is the first time it can be said to have been done with any authenticity. There's an entire 31-minute suite selected by the composer, and performed by John Beal. What fans will hopefully realise from hearing this is that it's the least involving of his work. Mark Snow has been writing bigger and better for years. For instance, his Conundrum, with solo female voice, is delightful. As is the deconstruction of the Basic Instinct theme for Seduced And Betrayed. These two pieces come under the album's "Darkness and Desire" heading. They're followed by "Love and Hope", and some bravely included "Bonus Tracks": the wacky, sped-up vocal samples of Pee-Wee's Playhouse would not be most people's choice to close a disc! If you've ever wondered how one guy could write everything for two shows (X-Files and Millennium), and have time over for TV movies, the answer's given here in one word--talent. --Paul Tonks
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, and one of the music channels on the flight was playing a couple of tracks of Mark Snow
Go on, what are you waiting for? Why aren't you racing down to your local music store to pick up a copy!
But back to this CD. I didn't know Snow had such a long career to this point. It was a pleasant surprise to listen to his other works, and find his "signature" all over them, regardless of the genre.
The highlight among highlights was of course, the Suite from The X Files. It brilliantly captures the many moods that develop in a single episode. The last two and one-half minutes of piano music are awe-inspiring ... they give me chills and bring me near tears every time, even after repeated listenings.
Bravo to Mark Snow and his able assistant, John Beal!