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: Noel Gallagher ditches his mouthpiece brother in favor of hip-hop drums, piano, and computer tweaks, conjuring a mood of both spaciousness and foreboding, while Ween envision interplanetary love shacks (?the people all dance with their big long arms and a peach in their pants?) to straight-faced boogie.
Ultimately, ”The X-Files” isn?t eccentric enough. The inclusion of thudding modern rockers like Tonic and Filter (the latter doing a grinding remake of Three Dog Night?s ?One?) feels designed more for the charts than for the screen. And Sting and Aswad?s remake of ?Invisible Sun??which turns the Police?s song about Northern Ireland into beachcomber reggae?is twisted in ways even Mulder couldn?t imagine. B-