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Where the Wild Things Are: Original Songs By Karen O and the Kids Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • ASIN: B002M2N9MA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Igloo
2. All Is Love
3. Capsize
4. Worried Shoes
5. Rumpus
6. Rumpus Reprise
7. Hideaway
8. Cliffs
9. Animal
10. Lost Fur
11. Heads Up
12. Building All Is Love
13. Food Is Still Hot
14. Sailing Home

Product Description

Soundtrack to the long-awaited 2009 motion picture. The score was written and performed by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and her friends, including members of Services, Afternoons, Deerhunter, Queens Of The Stoneage, The Dead Weather, Raconteurs, Liars and others. Where The Wild Things Are is the film version of one the most beloved books of all time, written by Maurice Sendak. Universal. 2009.

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Format: Audio CD
When I first noticed this CD was being sold prior to the release of the film, I was very curious to hear it. After hearing some snippets on Amazon I was rather confused . . . What was with all the "kids" songs? Yes, I know this is a children's book/film, but I thought there would be a little more "incidental music". For instance, some mysterious music to accompany some of the more adventurous scenes (like the storm at sea etc.) Having said all that I finally saw the movie and now the music makes a bit more sense. It was just different than I expected. Parts of it actually sound like it could be by Bjork (although not quite as wild!). The CD is just 40 minutes and I guess I would have liked a bit more "traditional" soundtrack music as well.
All in all a good CD, and a good (athough different) soundtrack.
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Format: Audio CD
We got the soundtrack because we were in love with the song from the previews. Unfortunately this song is not included in the soundtrack leaving us completely disappointed. Plus my daughter asked us to turn it off after the second song. (And she listens to all kinds of music, not just traditional kid's songs.) Not really engaging for kids and leaves me to suspect the movie won't appeal to her either though she loves the book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0e5e3b4) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f75f30) out of 5 stars My 3 year old loves it and so do I! Oct. 1 2009
By Crunchy Mamma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Language: English (change)

We just received this from Amazon today. Ran to listen to it and danced for a long while! My daughter has been so excited for the movie and so I thought I would purchase this to keep her from asking me almost daily if its time to see the movie.
I am also a HUGE fan of the Yea yea yeas and Karen O so I thought hands down I would enjoy this just as much as my little one and it was something we could enjoy with appropriate lyrics :) One thing I did not pay attention to is that it is only the Karen O songs, so if you are looking for the first trailer song by Arcade fire "wake up" you will not find it here. I suggest you buy the whole album of Arcade Fire...its great!
Go get it if you cannot wait to see the film! You will be happy!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f76198) out of 5 stars "LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!" Oct. 9 2009
By S.G. London - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Hi," softly whisperes Max.
"I could use a story," answers his mother.

Thus begins the soundtrack to the highly anticipated release of the much beloved children's classic, 'Where The Wild Things Are.' Fortunately for us, the film is in good hands (Spike Jonze), and luckily, the soundtrack is in the hands of Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs)and The Kids. The result is a smartly composed fourteen track dream that successfully manages to capture and blend clever child-like tunes (kid choir and all) and sweetly crafted mature pop songs for those adults with an indie flare. Fear not. 'Where The Wild Things Are' ranks among the best soundtracks. It's stands confidently alongside Aimee Mann's 'Magnolia.'

Charming, fun, and yes, quite adorable, 'WTWTA' boasts some endearing tracks. The obvious standout is 'All is Love.' With live children backing up Karen O (who sounds much like a kid herself), "L-O-V-E, it's a mystrey," never sounded so sweet. However, 'Worried Shoes' is a surprise heart-tugger as well. It's a wonderful and much welcome cover of Daniel Johnston's original. 'Capsize,' which doesn't appear in the film, is mysterious, almost tribal-like, and wild, which I suppose is quite appropriate. And who could forget 'Igloo' with it lovely humming accompanied by acoustics and twinkles? I haven't. The rest is simply logical; We hear a few exerpts from the film and the music is consistent throughout. It's a great strat to what could be motion picture triumph-let's hope!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f763d8) out of 5 stars two soundtracks is too unnecessary! Dec 3 2009
By Christopher Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just saw the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it! The score by Carter Burwell and additional soundtrack by Karen O And The Kids made the movie even better. Really enjoyed both their musical contributions. But now I have to buy two separate soundtracks because they refused to put the entire soundtrack on one cd or two disc set. I don't know if it's a money thing, some logistics I'm unaware of or just something they wanted to do, but in the future... one movie, one soundtrack.

p.s. the Arcade Fire song that's in the trailer is not on the soundtrack or in the movie. Just buy the Arcade Fire album "Funeral"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f76654) out of 5 stars FanFreakingTasic Oct. 15 2009
By K. Galvan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record
I just watched the short film on the making of the soundtrack and as it progressed I found myself leaning in further and further toward the screen of my computer. This soundtrack is just beautiful. It makes me feel like jumping on a trampoline and making a fort. Karen O is a goddess.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f76948) out of 5 stars It's About Time For A Little Audio Rumpus March 6 2010
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I saw the movie of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE when it came out in theatres in October 2009. I thought the film was a solid adaptation and expansion that remained true to the spirit of the original story by Maurice Sendak. There are some very impressive visuals in the movie, but for me the thing I remembered most was the music. The movie soundtrack features original (mostly) songs by Karen O and the Kids. Before seeing the movie, I had never heard of Karen O, but apparently she's the lead vocalist for a band called the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I might check out some of their work now because I was so impressed by her vocals on WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. The tracks on this album are a perfect compliment to the film. The songs capture the vibrant enthusiasm, youthful energy, and childlike questioning that is at the heart of the tone and mood of the movie. I have some favorite tracks on the album, including "Igloo", "All Is Love", "Capsize", "Building All Is Love", and "Sailing Home". However, all of the songs flow quite well together; they're more akin to movements than separate pieces, and you can listen to the entire album without realizing that you've heard 14 different tunes. Children, especially those who have seen the film, will probably enjoy the album, but there's a lot here that adults will appreciate perhaps even more.