Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

by Karen O


Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are means so much to so many generations that Spike Jonze's film adaptation couldn't be just a typical kids' movie -- it had to be a movie for the entire family. And on every part of the production, Jonze worked with artists so close to him that they might as well have been a family: while bringing the book's story to the big screen, he developed a tight friendship with Sendak; for Where the Wild Things Are's music, Jonze recruited former lover and frequent collaborator Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In turn, O drafted a who's who of indie rock talent, among them her chief co-writers Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Yeah Yeah Yeahs associate Imaad Wasif and her bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, all of whom perform under the aptly storybook name Karen O & the Kids. With their help, O uncovers new musical directions. Wildness abounds in her work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Native Korean Rock, but neither band's music is particularly childlike. Here, she taps into a rainbow of youthful expression, from "All Is Love"'s pure joy to the tribal festivity of "Rumpus" to "Animal"'s feral folk, which puts O's ferocious scream in a completely different context than her other work. Yet on "Igloo" and "Sailing Home," her voice is gentler than it's been almost anywhere else -- the only other time she has sounded so soft is on "Hello Tomorrow," the song she wrote for Jonze's 2005 Nike television commercial. Likewise, despite the wealth of indie rockers on it, Where the Wild Things Are rarely sounds self-consciously indie, even on the cover of Daniel Johnston's "Worried Shoes." Cox's xylophone gives the album a dreamlike feel, particularly on "Rumpus Reprise," while Zinner's guitar is unmistakable on the excellent "Capsize," which moves from a fierce tantrum to sweeping mystery like its own self-contained story. Balancing abstract pieces with more attention-getting pop songs like the adorable "Heads Up," Where the Wild Things Are doesn't resemble a typical children's film soundtrack, although it will make a great first soundtrack for kids' music collections. Neither a straightforward score nor a collection of kid-friendly indie rock songs, it lies somewhere intriguingly in between -- and it's just as good, if not better, than the music these artists make with their main projects.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602527119861
catalogNumber: 001316402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen O   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bill Mays   Piano
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Carter Burwell   Conductor
Greg Cohen   Bass
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
Greg Kurstin   Piano
Laura Seaton   Violin
Marc Goldberg   Bassoon
Eileen Moon   Cello
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Robert Rinehart   Viola
David Cossin   Percussion
Brian Chase   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Aaron Hemphill   Drums
Imaad Wasif   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Tom Biller   Organ,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Bradford Cox   Bass,Guitar,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Bells
Mark Stewart   Guitar
Nick Zimner   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pavel Vinnitsky   Clarinet
Max Recordings   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jack Lawrence   Bass,Marimbas,Vocals
Tristan Bechet   Guitar

Technical Credits

Daniel Johnston   Composer
Carter Burwell   Composer,Producer
Danny Kalb   Engineer
Karen O   Composer,Producer
Aaron Hemphill   Composer
Imaad Wasif   Composer
Tom Biller   Composer
Oscar Michel   Composer
Bradford Cox   Composer
Nick Zimner   Composer
Dan Huron   Engineer
Thriller   Producer,Engineer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Tristan Bechet   Composer,drum programming

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Where the Wild Things Are 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS GREAT buy it now!
erino2 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely captivating. I can not get enough of this, and it makes me even more excited about the movie. Helps me to escape the maundane of daily life, and drift away to happiness & creativity.
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