Karen O and the Kids

Where the Wild Things Are OST


Nov 24, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Karen O pulls together an "untrained" children's choir, the rest of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Brian Chase, Nick Zinner), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Raconteurs), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska), and members of Liars, The Dead Weather, Afternoons, Gris Gris, and Services for an entirely successful, all-star soundtrack for Spike Jonze's new film.

O does an excellent job accompanying the perpetual dawn and dusk of the film's photography with an organic, absolutely non-obtrusive series of interrelated songs. Each chosen track truly helped fill out the fragmented landscape of childhood frustration, sadness, and joy. Highlights include "Rumpus," "Food Is Still Hot," and "All is Love," which has also been released as a single. But, the most impressive song here is a simple, tasteful cover of Daniel Johnston's "Worried Shoes." The album is rounded out by two pieces that were not used in the film, "Capsize" and "Cliffs," as well as "Lost Fur" by score composer Carter Burwell, but strangely does not include the rerecorded version of Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," that was prominently featured in trailer. (www.wherethewildthingsare.warnerbros.com)

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