We can't stop listening to Karen O's Frankenweenie love ballad

We're completely obsessed with Karen O's contribution to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie soundtrack. It's sweet, poppy, retains the Oooweeeeoooohs from old timey black and white horror flicks, and sounds like it was stitched together from great love songs of our past (Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange" and maybe even a bit of Queen). Kind of like the movie's little dog, who is a collection of dead beloved animal parts.


In an interview with Rolling Stone Karen O described her collaboration with Burton:

"Tim wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B-movie fright film references, sprinkled throughout the film. I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically, because it's quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it's a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte's calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film! Frankenweenie is so special, it's an unbelievable honor to be involved with it."

Above is only 30 seconds of the entire song, go and listen to the whole thing over Pitchfork, it's totally worth it. Here's the full rundown form the soundtrack, including a track song by Winona Ryder!

01 Karen O - "Strange Love"
02 Neon Trees - "Electric Heart (Stay Forever)"
03 Mark Foster - "Polartropic (You Don't Understand Me)"
04 Passion Pit - "Almost There"
05 Plain White T's - "Pet Sematary"
06 Kimbra - "With My Hands"
07 AWOLNATION - "Everybody's Got a Secret"
08 Kerli - "Immortal"
09 Grace Potter feat. the Flaming Lips - "My Mechanical Friend"
10 Imagine Dragons - "Lost Cause"
11 Grouplove - "Underground"
12 Skylar Grey - "Building a Monster"
13 Robert Smith - "Witchcraft"
14 Winona Ryder - "Praise Be New Holland"


Jean Rhys Lives

Karen O always writes really lovely music. I still listen to her work on "Where the Wild Things Are" because it is so infectious. Also, pleasantly surprised to see Tim Burton branching out to other artists for his music. I like Danny Elfman ok, but it's almost become a joke that Burton never works with anyone else besides (with very little variance) Elfman, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Helena Bonham Carter. Sometimes this combination can be pulled off with flying colors, but lately it's become a bit of a chore to watch a Burton film that feels exactly like the last one.