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.