Entertainment Weekly (6/19/98, p.72) - "One expects an album connected to television's most cryptic series to be equally off center, as was the case with 1996's various-twisted-artists SONGS IN THE KEY OF X. And about half of the soundtrack to the series' big-screen debut lives up to those hopes..."
- Rating: B
Producers include: Tonic, Jerry Harrison, Robert Smith, Bjork, Ray Manzarek, The Dust Brothers.
"The X-Files Theme" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
For the inevitable film debut of Scully and Mulder, the big guns were called out from all corners of the pop world. From the alt-rock sounds of Filter (whose version of of "One" is about as far from Three Dog Night's original as that band's "Mama Told Me Not To Come" was from its writer Randy Newman's interpretation), Foo Fighters and Tonic to the hi-tech mysterioso shadings of The Dust Brothers' "X-Files Theme," this soundtrack is a stylistic grab bag. Teaming with Aswad, Sting recasts his Police chestnut "Invisible Sun" as a reggae tune, the loopy Ween brothers chime in with "Beacon Light," and X pay tribute to their former producer Ray Manzarek with a punked-up version of the Doors classic "Crystal Ship." Oasis' Noel Gallagher, The Cure, Bjork and others round out this eclectic, slightly unsettling batch of tunes.