"The X-Files: Fight The Future"
Soundtrack Album Review
Music By Mark Snow
La-La Land Records
28 Tracks/Disc Time: 75:48
After a surprising and resounding successful series that started in the Fall of 1993, "The X-Files" became one of the more revieting and captivating series on television. Creator Chris Carter originally wanted to end the show after five seasons and continue the series as a series of feature films that would've started with the 1998 big screen adaptation of the show which continued what had already been established. The film features series stars David Duchvony ("Californication") and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, whose division "The X-Files" has been disbanded and now under the review by the governments oversite committee which Scully is being forced to testify about the division as well the recent mysterious bombing that took place at FBI Headquarters in Dallas, Texas. With problems appearing between Mulder and Scully , a dangerous conspiracy is starting to appear by a sinister organization that is seemingly above the federal government. After a group of kids discover a series of underground caves in Texas in which some alien life forms have been found and one of the boys is infected with a deadly virus, which appears to be of extraterrestrial origin has appeared. With the help of a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil (Oscar winner Martin Landau, "Ed Wood"), Mulder is convinced that there is a major cover up going on and soon he and a reluctant Scully must act fast in order to save everyone on the planet which takes them on a trip around the world leading to the base of the conspiracy: Antaratica, where Mulder and Scully soon reveal the truth. The film was a hit during that summer and the film's storyline would continue during the shows' sixth season.
The show always opened with it's signature three note motif that is has been brilliantly spoofed along by "The Simpsons", which did a great spoof of the series which also featured the voices of both Duchvony and Anderson reprising their roles, which of course belongs to Mark Snow, who's a versitile composer who has worked in both television and film; really got his chance to shine here with a more expansive and an mystery laden score that plays out like a dark symphony full of musical conspiracy and suspense. Utilizing a large orchestra along with his usual synthesizers to expand his musical pallette from the simplistic melodies that the show features.
The score and the opens with a lengthy and amped up version of Snow's "X-Files" theme "Threnody In “X”" that is more aggressive and percussive with a full orchestrial compliment that drives the theme to a new musical exploration outside of the show. The rest of the score really is based on the conspintorial and sci-fi of the film (naturally!) as Mulder and Scully try to unravel the mystery throughout the film. Dark aggressive strains of "Goop" featuring harsh brass and heavy percussion mixed in with errie synth strains that he would feature in his next movie that year "Distrubing Behavior", that is the basis for the films excellent Antaratica based finale later on. That material is dark and brooding with some moments of light highlighted by "Space Hole", "Mind Games", "Nightmare", "Pod Monster Suite" and all wrapped up with a nice dramatic finale in "Creater Hug" where Mulder and Scully have been reunited and escaped with their lives. The material in this suite is a nice expansion on what Snow had already done in the series with his electronic and then eventual orchestrial material. Goldsmith inspired material a la "Capricorn One" where at least to me, the orchestra really does place its' firmest footing in as it really does get to play with the conspintorial material highlighted in tracks such as "Soda Pop", "Remanants", "Plague", "Corn Hives", "Elders/Crossroads", "Come And Gone", and "Trust No One" (easily the best of the bunch). This material I enjoyed more so than the Sci-Fi stuff and I guess mainly it's because I've heard Snow's music for the series and it was good to see him show a little more diversity to his established material. What is also good about these tracks is that they are action driven and at times, show intensity that Snow really didn't get to show off on the show until later years. "Facts" ends the score recapping the best the score had to offer and one great final rendition of the "X-Files Theme" as Mulder and Scully are now back at work together full time.
La-La Land's album is slightly expanded but completely remastered job that is a better than the original Elektra Records release which the audio channels reversed for some reason. The music is much stronger and more compelling than I originally remembered it being despite some obvious temp tracking (ie."Aliens" and "Species" for example) Snow's score is very good and does its' best to make the film better, which really does mostly on its' own without too much music. The score is very effective in most moments and not others, in which the stingers and suspense feel a bit forced at times, and are appropriate in others however. This is definitely a great companion piece to the labels excellent releases of their "X-Files" music that they've released so far. "The X-Files" like the film is a very strong and the score is very effective and compliments the film very well. Marginal but affectionate thumbs up.