Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are is a woolly testament to the thrill of building (and breaking) stuff. It’s about a boy — about being a boy — which might render Karen O an odd choice for soundtrack muse. But she’s made a fine, loud career out of channeling childlike abandon, and the rumbling acoustic guitars and schoolyard choruses (featuring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guys, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, and the Bird and the Bee’s Greg Kurstin, among others) are both joyful and foreboding –the aural equivalent of Jonze’s we’ve-got-a-barnlet’s-put-on-a-show ethic. Evoking that mood without mocking it is every bit the point.
LISTEN: Karen O and the Kids, “Love Is All” https://www.youtube.com/embed/rAfcBwYuNDU