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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21

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  1. jf
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    This is a flawless soundtrack, and a damn near flawless standalone record. Everything works. And I wish Karen would do a solo project of just acoustic instruments, mostly just guitar or piano. She has such a lovely voice that is so much more emotional in some of these songs than most of her YYYs songs. The showstopping numbers are the least children album-y, "Worried Shoes" and This is a flawless soundtrack, and a damn near flawless standalone record. Everything works. And I wish Karen would do a solo project of just acoustic instruments, mostly just guitar or piano. She has such a lovely voice that is so much more emotional in some of these songs than most of her YYYs songs. The showstopping numbers are the least children album-y, "Worried Shoes" and "Hideaway." The former is a cover of a Daniel Johnston song, but Karen does such a tender, beautiful rendition of it that it definitely becomes the best song here. Runner up is the other ballad, "Hideaway," which is actually quite sad lyrically ("My baby is gone..."), but is incredibly beautiful. She has done these crazy antics her whole career, calming down every now and then ("Maps," "Dudley," and "Little Shadow", so about once each record). But this is unprecedented beauty from Karen. The more upbeat less personal songs work great too ("Capsize," "Rumpus," "Animal," and the keening amazing single "All is Love.") The opening and closing "Igloo" and "Sailing Home" (respectively) have the same theme, set to different music, both with her sounding gentle and finally, undeniably inviting. I love this record, and it accompanies the film very well. Expand
  2. DarnellS
    Oct 20, 2009
    9
    I don't know what IT is but this puts me THERE, which is a small miracle these days.
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Neither a straightforward score nor a collection of kid-friendly indie rock songs, it lies somewhere intriguingly in between--and it's just as good, if not better, than the music these artists make with their main projects.
  2. If it is indubitably more soundtrack album than bigshot solo debut, this record certainly provides irrefutable, definitive, official proof of O’s talents as a songwriter in her own right.
  3. Where the Wild Things Are, director Spike Jonze's surreal vision of childhood angst, has inspired an equally weird but altogether more joyous work from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman.