Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Wild things are soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Karen O and the Kids
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)
Studio
GenreIndie rock
Length39:53
Label
Producer
Karen O albums chronology
Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2009)
Crush Songs
(2014)
Singles from Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "All Is Love"
    Released: August 25, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack: Original Songs by Karen O and the Kids is the soundtrack to the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. It is performed by Karen O and the Kids. It was released on September 29, 2009, in CD, LP, and digital download formats.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Karen O, the vocalist of the indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, wrote the film's soundtrack. Her bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner and former touring guitarist Imaad Wasif, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, Liars' Aaron Hemphill, The Dead Weather's Dean Fertita, and Jack Lawrence from The Raconteurs all also contributed.[3]

When director Spike Jonze approached Karen O to write the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are, he cited The Langley Schools Music Project's Innocence & Despair as an example of the desired "simple melodies that were emotionally complex—something that both kids and adults would appreciate".[4]

"All Is Love" was released as the soundtrack's lead single on August 25, 2009, and is featured in the credits of the film.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock8/10 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound8/10[8]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[9]
The New York TimesFavorable[10]
Pitchfork6.8/10[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[13]
Spin3.5/5 stars[14]

The soundtrack received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the soundtrack received an average score of 77, based on 16 reviews.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks performed by Karen O and the Kids and produced by O and tbiller, except "Lost Fur", performed and produced by Carter Burwell.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Igloo"O1:49
2."All Is Love"2:50
3."Capsize"
2:38
4."Worried Shoes"Daniel Johnston4:12
5."Rumpus"2:44
6."Rumpus Reprise"1:53
7."Hideaway"
  • O
  • Wasif
5:11
8."Cliffs"
  • O
  • Wasif
  • Oscar Michel
2:59
9."Animal"
  • O
  • Wasif
  • Cox
4:11
10."Lost Fur"Burwell (composer)1:09
11."Heads Up"
  • O
  • Fertita
  • Wasif
  • Cox
  • Biller
  • Lawrence
2:56
12."Building All Is Love"
  • O
  • Zinner
  • Bechet
3:33
13."Food Is Still Hot"O2:45
14."Sailing Home"O1:03

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[15] 19
US Billboard 200[16] 35
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[17] 2
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[18] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[19] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where The Wild Things Are Soundtrack: Original Songs By Karen O And The Kids". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Where the Wild Things Are – Karen O & the Kids, Karen O". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Karen O and the Kids: The Rockers of "Where the Wild Things Are"". Rolling Stone. August 19, 2009. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  4. ^ McNair, Charles (September 15, 2009). "An Interview With Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs". Paste. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Where the Wild Things Are : Releases : All Is Love". Interscope Records. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Where The Wild Things Are [OST] by Karen O And The Kids". Metacritic. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Johnston, Emma (February 2010). "Karen O & The Kids – Where the Wild Things Are Movie Soundtrack". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 85. ISSN 1464-7834.
  8. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (September 30, 2009). "Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are Motion Picture Soundtrack". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  9. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (October 2, 2009). "Where the Wild Things Are". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1068. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Chinen, Nate (September 25, 2009). "Mature and Focused Sets, With Breaks for Playtime". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  11. ^ Berman, Stuart (October 8, 2009). "Karen O and the Kids: Where the Wild Things Are OST". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon (October 13, 2009). "Where the Wild Things Are Motion Picture Soundtrack: Original Songs by Karen O and The Kids". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 14, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  13. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (October 4, 2009). "Karen O and the Kids: Where the Wild Things Are". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Kandall, Steve (October 7, 2009). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs diva cuts her inner tomboy loose". Spin. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  15. ^ "Official Soundtrack Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Soundtrack Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  19. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2017.