Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album by Karen O and the Kids
Released September 29, 2009
Genre Film score, indie rock
Length 40:02
Label DGC, Interscope
Producer Carter Burwell, Spike Jonze, Karen O

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


Karen O, the vocalist of the New York 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 Spike Jonze approached Karen O to write the soundtrack, he gave The Langley Schools Music Project Innocence and Despair as an example of the desired "simple melodies that were emotionally complex—something that both kids and adults would appreciate".[4]

The first single of the soundtrack, titled "All Is Love", was released on August 25, 2009 and featured in the credits of the film.[5]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[8]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[9]
The New York Times (favorable)[10]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[13]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[14]

Initial critical response to the soundtrack was generally favorable. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 77, based on 15 reviews.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Igloo" – 1:48
  2. "All Is Love" – 2:49
  3. "Capsize" – 2:38
  4. "Worried Shoes" – 4:12 (Daniel Johnston)
  5. "Rumpus" – 2:43
  6. "Rumpus Reprise" – 1:53
  7. "Hideaway" – 5:10
  8. "Cliffs" – 2:59
  9. "Animal" – 4:10
  10. "Lost Fur" – 1:06 (Carter Burwell)
  11. "Heads Up" – 2:55
  12. "Building All Is Love" – 3:32
  13. "Food Is Still Hot" – 2:44
  14. "Sailing Home" – 1:02


  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Where the Wild Things Are: Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Where The Wild Things Are Motion Picture Soundtrack: Amazon.com"". 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  3. ^ "Karen O and the Kids: The Rockers of "Where the Wild Things Are"". Rolling Stone. 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ An Interview With Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charles McNair, 15 September 2009, Paste
  5. ^ "Releases - 'All is Love'". Interscope. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Where the Wild Things Are (OST)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Emma (February 2010). "Karen O & The Kids - Where the Wild Things Are Movie Soundtrack". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 85. 
  8. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (September 30, 2009). "Karen O and the Kids: Where the Wild Things Are Motion Picture Soundtrack". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  9. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (2009-09-25). "Music review: Where the Wild Things Are". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  10. ^ Chinen, Nate (2009-09-25). "Mature and Focused Sets, With Breaks for Playtime". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  11. ^ Berman, Stuart (2009-10-08). "Pitchfork Album Reviews: Where the Wild Things Are". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon (October 13, 2009). "Where the Wild Things Are Motion Picture Soundtrack: Original Songs by Karen O and The Kids". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  13. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2009-10-04). "Karen O and the Kids: Where the Wild Things Are, music review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  14. ^ Kandall, Steve (October 10, 2009). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs diva cuts her inner tomboy loose". Spin. Retrieved 2009-10-18.