I know it’s sort of old (by a few months), but HAD to write about the Where The Wild Things Are Soundtrack by Karen O and the Kids. It isn’t often than an entire soundtrack is written by the same artist, not to mention the score.
It took watching the movie to really appreciate the beauty of the album. The innocent qualities that the children’s voices bring to each track add so much depth to the record. Unlike many soundtracks, many of the movies most famous lines are included in the songs (because it’s the score). This is a really nice touch!
My favorite songs are “Rumpus” and “Hideaway”. They are found during some of the best parts of the movie which may be the reason I like them so. “Rumpus” is an upbeat and energetic tune that is filled with shouting kids and epitomizes what it’s like when a kid is excited about something. “Hideaway” is found at a part in the movie when Carol (the main wild thing) takes Max (the kid king) to see his secret fort. This is one of my favorite scenes, and a very intimate moment between two best friends.
Overall, this is a must-have soundtrack. Karen O and the Kids set the foundation for this movie just as the music of Garden State did for Zach Braff’s movie back in 2004. Make sure to listen to the song below as well as “Igloo”, “Sailing Home”, “All is Love”, “Building All is Love”, “Animal”, and “Heads Up” when you buy the album.
I’m giving this soundtrack a 4 out of 5 for its ability to dictate the emotions of its movie counterpart. This wasn’t an easy task considering Where The Wild Things Are is an incredible movie with stunning visuals that could have easily overshadowed a weaker score.