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The X-Files: The Album - Fight The Future Soundtrack

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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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1. One - Filter
2. Flower Man - Tonic
3. Walking After You - Foo Fighters
4. Beacon Light - Ween
5. Invisible Sun - Sting & 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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Elektra
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • ASIN: B000006OAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gardner on February 13, 2001
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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hexy on August 31, 2003
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.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By on May 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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.Read more ›
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Song at the beginning of the ending credits of "X-Files: Fight the...
I've just listened to the end credits music again, David, and I think that's still a part of 'Teotihuacan.'
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