X-Files Soundtrack Out Of This World

Cover art from Songs In The Key of X.

Songs In The Key of X, the X-Files soundtrack (due out March 26) is an

exceptional collection of songs including stunning material from Soul Coughing

("Unmarked Helicopters"), Frank Black ("Man of Steel"), Elvis Costello and

Brian Eno ("My Dark Life") and numerous others. Surprises include a track by

Foo Fighters that find them sounding more than a tad like Steely Dan (?).

You'll crack up over William Burroughs' deadpan delivery of R.E.M.'s "Fuck Me

Kitten." R.E.M. supplied the instrumental track to their song to David Was (who

put the collection together) last year with the thought that perhaps Patti

Smith or Marianne Faithful would overdub a vocal. Luckily, they both passed

because Burrough's delivery of the line "fuck me, kitten," is priceless.

Another surpise if the Sheryl Crow's superb "On The Outside." Filter turn in a

low-key, semi-acoustic "Thanks Bro," and Screamin Jay Hawkins rises from the

dead for an out-of-control "Frenzy." The album manages to capture the offbeat

nature of the TV show, but the songs stand on their own. For once a cool

concept translates into a great album.