I cannot imagine that I'll be the only one to choose The X Files as the topic for the letter X -- it seems like a natural. Except I don't think I ever watched more than one or two episodes of the show and I don't really remember them. I also went to see the first X Files movie (there were two weren't there?)--not because of I was a fan, but because a friend told me I should see the movie and now I don't remember why and I don't really remember the movie. All I know is that for a while The X Files was a very popular show.
Instead of the show or the movie I am posting about a collection of music inspired by The X Files on an album called "Songs in the Key of X". This album was released in 1996, but I did not discover it until 2009 and I was quite surprised by how good it was. In fact I was so impressed that I posted the following review on Amazon:
One star less would have made it a 5 star album, July 18, 2009
By Arlee Bird
This review is from: Songs In The Key Of X: Music From And Inspired By The X-Files (Audio CD)
This album seemed like the risen dead for me. I found it among some of my son's old CD's that he left with me. Since most of his albums were obnoxious rap albums I had discarded in yard sales I had thought that this one was more of the same, especially with the explicit lyric label. But then I looked at it the other day and realized what it was and it has been on my CD player ever since. The negative here is "Star me Kitten" by William S. Burrough & R.E.M. with it's unnecessary use of the f*** word -- the track is somewhat interesting until it reaches the repeated obscenity, then that's when it lost one star for me and probably a lot of sales when it was first released. Otherwise, some really good stuff here. Meat Puppets does it for me. There is a lovely song by Sheryl Crow. Great tunes by Filter, Frank Black, Foo Fighters, and Nick Cave. And the rest of the album shines for the most part. I am not too enthralled by the Rob Zombie/Alice Cooper collaboration--it doesn't seem to fit in with the other songs too well, but I can deal with that. Bottom line: I love this album. Now if I could only get rid that stupid "Star" song this would be a 5 star review. But what the heck, I'm probably going to wear this CD out.
Having gone back and listened to the album again since posting the above review, I would be almost tempted to nudge it closer to five stars. It is a fine album. The CD is now out of print and probably not easily found new. I hope my copy holds up.
Speaking of albums that we enjoy, we are going have a conglomerate blog post on Monday May 17th concerning your fifteen favorite albums. If you like music, I hope you will join up with us. Just think of your fifteen favorite albums and tell us about them. Pictures of the album covers are nice, but not necessary. Give us the album details--artist, type of music, date of release, and any other information--and then tell us what makes the album so good in your opinion. Can't think of fifteen? That's okay--your top three or your top ten will work if that's what you want to do. It's your creative entry in the Fifteen Fantasy Island Favorites. A Linky will be posted on this blog on May 15th and it will have the "Blog Hop" feature that will allow you to post the same Linky on your site as well. Hope you'll join us!
And don't forget that next Monday will be the May 3rd A to Z Challenge Reflections Post. The Linky Tool will be open at 12:01 AM May 2nd for you to post your Reflection. Everyone is welcome to post whether you participated in A to Z or not-- we want to know what everyone thinks.