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The X-Files: I Want to Believe
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:
Mark Snow

Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Sacks
Randy Kerber

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(July 22nd, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're such a devoted fan of the franchise that even a faint whisper of what once made the episodic Mark Snow scores so attractive will suffice for nostalgic purposes.

Avoid it... if you were hoping that Snow would, outside of the last moments of the score, neatly wrap the music for the franchise into a coherent and impressive package.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,491
WRITTEN 8/9/08
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe: (Mark Snow) Oh, so very, very sad. It's painful to see such a great franchise die like this. Six years too late and languishing at the box office, The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a ghostly reminder of better times for FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Creator Chris Carter's awkward resurrection of the franchise has even devoted fans of the concept scratching their heads, wondering why such a lousy script, one that largely ignores the show's narrative, was chosen for this film. Expectations have always been high when a story from this franchise is developed; the show's history on television thrived on solid writing, intriguing mysteries, and a developing chemistry between the two leads, all of which is absent in The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Stuck in the middle of this mess is composer Mark Snow, whose contribution to the 202 television episodes and previous motion picture have always maintained a consistent level of quality, even in the music's more ambient incarnations. The show's soundtracks began to adopt a more dramatically harmonic stance by the final four years, especially in the eighth season. For the most part, Snow uses The X-Files: I Want to Believe to continue that trend, with the composer balancing the darker, expected ambient droning with lovely, though still underplayed melodies for both the leading couple and other situations in the film. Fans of Snow's really hard-edged music for the early seasons of "The X-Files" will find plenty of material to their liking here (due to a very long album release), and those searching for the kind of beautiful solace heard in the episodes "Within" and "Without" from the opening of the eighth season will hear an extension of the haunted female vocals here as well. There are even a few passages pulled from the score for The X-Files: Fight the Future. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Snow's work here is the relatively small role for the franchise's title theme, as well as an inability to tie up all the loose ends he introduces and create a sturdy, overarching identity for the film. The lack of the title theme is somewhat forgivable, since this film really doesn't deal with the alien conspiracy elements of the show, but the lack of cohesiveness in the work restrains it to only average ranks.



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395 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.79 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
**** 73 4 Stars
*** 117 3 Stars
** 97 2 Stars
* 68 1 Stars
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Loved it...
James of Wellesley - September 7, 2008, at 5:24 a.m.
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why 3 stars, then?
KZ - August 11, 2008, at 1:21 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 71:40
• 1. Moonrise (3:40)
• 2. No Cures/Looking for Fox (2:50)
• 3. The Trip to DC (3:48)
• 4. Father Joe (1:31)
• 5. What If You're Wrong/Sister (3:58)
• 6. Ybara the Strange/Waterboard (2:25)
• 7. Can't Sleep/Ice Field (2:34)
• 8. March and Dig/Girl in the Box (4:57)
• 9. A Higher Conscious (5:29)
• 10. The Surgery (2:15)
• 11. Good Luck (1:35)
• 12. Seizure/Attempted Escape (1:54)
• 13. Foot Chase (3:34)
• 14. Mountain Montage/The Plow (1:44)
• 15. Photo Evidence (2:46)
• 16. The Preparation (1:35)
• 17. Tranquilized (1:47)
• 18. The Axe Post (2:53)
• 19. Box Them (1:42)
• 20. Home Again (4:17)
• 21. X-Files (Variation on a Theme Surrender Sounds Session #10) - remixed by UNKLE (5:51)
• 22. Broken - performed by UNKLE/Gavin Clark (4:43)
• 23. Dying 2 Live - performed by Xzibit (4:03)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from director Chris Carter about Mark Snow and the score.
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