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The X Games: The Soundtrack Album

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X-Games, Vol. 2 is the second soundtrack from ESPN's over-the-top sports show, Xtreme Games. Appropriately, the alterna-rock, rap and metal on the record is targeted at the program's audience of eternal adolescents. Since it was released in 1997, the soundtrack has equal portions of alternative metal (Bush with the unreleased "Old"), ska-metal (Sublime, Goldfinger), industrial (Psycho Realm), techno (Prodigy) and hip-hop (Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan). The guitar-driven stuff generally sounds generic, but the Prodigy, Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy cuts all stand out, sounding tougher, angrier and more infectious than the rest of the disc. So, it's a mixed bag for any listener, including fans of Xtreme Games, but X-Games, Vol. 2 does offer some good stuff, even if it is outweighed by the bland.

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