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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

CD Review: Karen O and the Kids

Artist: Karen O and the Kids

Album: Where the Wild Things Are

Record Label: DGC/Interscope

Rating: 4

It’s a great year for Karen O. In addition to spending roughly a year traveling to various locations around the U.S. to create the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s March release of It’s Blitz!, O recently helped provide tunes for the motion picture soundtrack, Where the Wild Things Are.

O, together with guitarist Nick Zinner, drummer Brian Chase, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, the Bird and the Bee’s Greg Kurston and two of the Raconteurs, mainly took an acoustic approach of music production to complement the night-time lullaby-esque feel to the plot of the story.

The soundtrack features sound clips from the film and a chorus of kids that together succinctly create a carefree and innocent atmosphere. O also weaves dreamy, escapism-themed lyrics into her songs that draw in older audience members who may have grown up reading the book. O’s voice flows sweetly through endearing melodies as she takes us to the land of the Wild Things.

Give these tracks a listen: “Hidaway,” “All is Love”

For fans of: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

– Simone Wahng

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