15 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sigur Ros leader Jónsi provides the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's 2011 comedy-drama We Bought a Zoo. Crowe, a former music journalist, places a premium on the music in all his films, and the 11 new compositions from the Icelandic singer (plus the classic Sigur Ros track "Hoppipolla" and several previous released solo Jónsi tracks) are an exotic mix conveying a variety of moods. "Boy Lilikoi" from Jónsi's solo debut, Go, is bright and ebullient, while many of the tone poems ("Sun," "Brambles," "Sink Ships") range from atmospheric explosions of the spirit to music-box jamborees. "Gathering Stories," cowritten by Crowe, is a narrative, but many of the tracks are symphonic or imagistic. The icy choir of "Why Not?," the foreboding, slowly sawing strings of "Whole Made of Pieces," the piano and orchestra grandeur of "We Bought a Zoo," and the windstrewn "Humming" create textures that swell beyond pop music into an angelic range.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sigur Ros leader Jónsi provides the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's 2011 comedy-drama We Bought a Zoo. Crowe, a former music journalist, places a premium on the music in all his films, and the 11 new compositions from the Icelandic singer (plus the classic Sigur Ros track "Hoppipolla" and several previous released solo Jónsi tracks) are an exotic mix conveying a variety of moods. "Boy Lilikoi" from Jónsi's solo debut, Go, is bright and ebullient, while many of the tone poems ("Sun," "Brambles," "Sink Ships") range from atmospheric explosions of the spirit to music-box jamborees. "Gathering Stories," cowritten by Crowe, is a narrative, but many of the tracks are symphonic or imagistic. The icy choir of "Why Not?," the foreboding, slowly sawing strings of "Whole Made of Pieces," the piano and orchestra grandeur of "We Bought a Zoo," and the windstrewn "Humming" create textures that swell beyond pop music into an angelic range.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

deepelmlove ,

oh my god...

...this soundtrack is the most amazing score i've heard in ages. Jonsi executes this project perfectly. need that new sigur ros album? well this is the perfect substitute. it's so atmospheric, it's ridiculous. it creates a mood and a feel like no other. i wasn't even the least bit interested in seeing this film, but after this soundtrack, i have to see this movie. if this "album" doesn't move you, then i hope you're in a good place already, because you'll probably never move.

Corysmusicrocks ,

Go Jonsi

I love how all the music from this movie is from Jonsi! He's amazing!!!!

Xs3v3n3l3v3nX ,

Perfect. Music at its finest.

If you are a fan of sigur ros or jonsi, you must own this. I wasn't sure how this album would turn out. I have always known that jonsi writes very cinematic music, so I was wondering exactly how far he would stray from the music we know when he orchestrated an actual soundtrack. It is almost like a whole different jonsi album. Beautiful.

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