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Where the Wild Things Are Karen O And The Kids

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are

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It's About Time For A Little Audio Rumpus

  • Mar 6, 2010
I saw the movie of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE when it came out in theatres in October 2009. I thought the film was a solid adaptation and expansion that remained true to the spirit of the original story by Maurice Sendak. There are some very impressive visuals in the movie, but for me the thing I remembered most was the music. The movie soundtrack features original (mostly) songs by Karen O and the Kids. Before seeing the movie, I had never heard of Karen O, but apparently she's the lead vocalist for a band called the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I might check out some of their work now because I was so impressed by her vocals on WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. The tracks on this album are a perfect compliment to the film. The songs capture the vibrant enthusiasm, youthful energy, and childlike questioning that is at the heart of the tone and mood of the movie. I have some favorite tracks on the album, including "Igloo", "All Is Love", "Capsize", "Building All Is Love", and "Sailing Home". However, all of the songs flow quite well together; they're more akin to movements than separate pieces, and you can listen to the entire album without realizing that you've heard 14 different tunes. Children, especially those who have seen the film, will probably enjoy the album, but there's a lot here that adults will appreciate perhaps even more.

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review by . March 31, 2010
posted in Music Matters
I just saw Where the Wild Things Are. I'm not sure this soundtrack works well for the movie. It's kind of odd to see big freaky monsters with pop music and female vocalists singing. It's not bad, but just not the greatest fit (I think something more along the lines of Pan's Labyrinth would have been more appropriate).
Quick Tip by . October 16, 2009
currently listening: where the wild things are. karen o did a great job with The Kids! can't wait to see this!
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Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing - as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting... a self-proclaimed "spazoid." To Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, however, Karen O and her music possess something of a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the film, be it a tender moment or a wild rumpus.

To compose the music, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had a musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, these include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska), Nick Zinner, (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and an untrained children's choir.

Track Listing:

1.  Igloo
2.  All Is Love
3.  Capsize
4.  Worried Shoes
5.  Rumpus
6.  Rumpus Reprise
7.  Hideaway
8.  Cliffs
9.  Animal
10. Lost Fur
11. Heads Up
12. Building All Is ...
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Release Date: September 29, 2009
Label: Interscope
Artist: Karen O And The Kids

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