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Artistes: Various
Interscope Records
Release Date: September 29, 2009



Igloo - Karen O And The Kids (1.48)
All Is Love - Karen O And The Kids (2:50)
Capsize - Karen O And The Kids (2:38)
Worried Shoes - Karen O And The Kids (4:12)
Rumpus - Karen O And The Kids (2:44)
Rumpus Reprise - Karen O And The Kids (1:53)
Hideaway - Karen O And The Kids (5:11)
Cliffs - Karen O And The Kids (2:59)
Animal - Karen O And The Kids (4:10)
Lost Fur - Carter Burwell (1:06)
Heads Up - Karen O And The Kids (2:56)
Building All Is Love - Karen O And The Kids (3:32)
Food Is Still Hot - Karen O And The Kids (2:45)
Sailing Home - Karen O And The Kids (1:02)


We have not seen this critically acclaimed Spike Jonze directed film, which is adapted from Maurice Sendak's classic children's story where a disobedient little boy is sent to bed without his supper. From there, he creates his own world, a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown him as their ruler. We don’t know what you think, but we definitely weren’t expecting the accompanying music to sound like this.

Don’t take this wrongly, but we mean it in a good way, because Jonze had taken on the role of the role of executive producer of this 40 minute album himself, so he is very sure of what he wants – and the original songs by Karen O And The Kids (we’ll get to that in a while) are a unique blend of styles which fit the filmmaker’s unique vision of how the beloved story would be told on screen.

The insert in the disc tells us that Karen O And The Kids are: Karen O, Tristan Bechet, Tom Biller, Bradford Cox, Brian Chase, Dean Fertita, Aaron Hemphill, Greg Kurstin, Jack Lawrence, Oscar Michel, Imaad Wasif and Nick Zinner. No idea who these people are? Then you are not particularly familiar with the indie pop scene. Karen O, vocalist for the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, lead the team of friends and fellow musicians to produce the songs contained in this soundtrack album.

Whether it is the odd opening track “Igloo”, the quirky “All Is Love”, the melancholic “Worried Shoes” or the somewhat depressing “Hide Away”, there is something you need to hear for yourself to know why this unique sound scape was the reason why filmmaker Jonze decided to feature the indie artiste on his film soundtrack.

While it may not be every casual listener’s cup of tea, we are recommending it for the soothing and calming effect it has on the stressful nerves. With an untrained choir of children’s voices in the background, we are convinced that with the visuals marrying this sound, the result is something we won’t forget in a long time.


Recommended Track: (2) All Is Love

Review by John Li

Posted on 15 December 2009


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