We Bought A Zoo After using several Sigur Rós songs in 2001's Vanilla Sky , Cameron Crowe hired the Icelandic band's elfin frontman, Jónsi, to score his latest. The… We Bought A Zoo After using several Sigur Rós songs in 2001's Vanilla Sky , Cameron Crowe hired the Icelandic band's elfin frontman, Jónsi, to score his latest. The… 2011-12-13 Various Artists Soundtracks Columbia
Music Review

'We Bought a Zoo' Soundtrack (2011)

Jonsi | 'ZOO' TUNES Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi populates the Crowe's score with swooning orchestral arrangements
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'ZOO' TUNES Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi populates the Crowe's score with swooning orchestral arrangements
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 13, 2011; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Soundtracks; Production: Columbia

After using several Sigur Rós songs in 2001's Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe hired the Icelandic band's elfin frontman, Jónsi, to score his latest. The resulting soundtrack for We Bought a Zoo — thick with multitracked vocals, plaintive piano, and swooning orchestral arrangements by classical-music hotshot Nico Muhly — feels more or less indistinguishable from a Sigur Rós album, though Jónsi does flash a refreshingly frisky side on ''Gathering ­Stories,'' which he co-wrote with Crowe. B

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Originally posted Dec 07, 2011 Published in issue #1185 Dec 16, 2011 Order article reprints