Various Artists

X-Games, Vol. 3

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Music from the X-Games, Vol. 3 contains a cross-section of alt-rock, ska-punk, electronica and post-Marilyn Manson metal designed to appeal to fans and participants in the X Games, the world's biggest alternative sports competition. There's the familiar radio hits (the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "The Impression That I Get," the Descendents' "I'm the One," 311's "All Mixed Up," Days of the New's "Touch, Peel and Stand," Pantera's "I'm Broken") and the cult numbers (Fatboy Slim's "Going Out of My Head," Crystal Method's "Busy Child" and the Chemical Brothers' remix of the Charlatans U.K.'s "Toothache"), plus everything that falls in between (Pennywise's "Society," the Dropkick Murphys' "Road of the Righteous," Coal Chamber's "Loco"). While not everything here is great or was meant to be heard together, the album holds together fairly well, and fans of aggressive alt-rock of any stripe would be pleased with the record.

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