Music from The X-Files: 20th Anniversary Celebration
Composed By: Mark Snow
Distributed by: BuySoundtrax Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Two decades ago, I can remember tuning in to a new science fiction series airing on Channel 5. Called The X-Files, the series starred David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, an FBI agent with a belief in the extra-terrestrial and a penchant for solving strange and invariably supernatural cases. Co-starring in the series was Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully, an FBI agent, medical doctor and scientist assigned to bring some logic to Mulder's case approach. A skeptic at heart, it was Scully's job to bring Mulder down to Earth, but invariably, the cases that Mulder and Scully worked on were rather un-Earthly in nature.
The show lasted nine seasons, inspired two full length feature films and a spinoff series called The Lone Gunmen. Fans adored the show and there isn't a single sci-fi television aficionado out there who doesn't know the eerie whistle that bisected the cycled synths and electronic percussion of the main theme. In October 2013, BuySoundtrax Records released a tribute album for the show's twentieth anniversary. Entitled Music from The X-Files: 20th Anniversary Celebration, the album contains nineteen tracks of musical score composed by Brooklyn, New York native Mark Snow, produced and arranged by Dominik Hauser, Joohyun Park and John Beal.
The majority of the tracks on the album focus on music from the television series while Tracks 13-15 focus on the film The X-Files: Fight the Future, Tracks 16-18 focus on the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe and the final track features a previously unheard arrangement of The X-Files Theme, featuring sultry electric guitars and light percussion.
While listening to this album, I came to the realization that the main theme of The X-Files was so stand out and so recognizable that it took one's mind away from the rest of the music composed for the series. Mark Snow created some standout compositions that helped to define each and every episode. And each composition featured a different style and genre. There were quirky scores designed to accompany the more incredulous and tongue-in-cheek episodes, spooky tracks that raised the hair on the back of your neck, classical tracks that defined a more dramatic tone and hardcore electric guitar to define the danger.
I, for one, always loved The X-File Main Theme, but listening to the bluesy track created for the guitar was a new experience for me. There was a country/blues twang to the theme that I found quite interesting and fun. In fact, I found the entire album to be a lot of fun. Music from The X-Files: 20th Anniversary Celebration was a trip down memory lane, reminding me that Mark Snow's musical scoring prowess didn't just end with the celebrated theme, but with score that helped define each and every episode of the series. This album would make a great addition to any devoted X-Files fan's collection.