Karen O: Sappy, Strange and Solo

By Natalie Guyette guyetten@mtmary.edu

By Natalie Guyette

Now 35, Karen O is more comfortable with the concept of love, and she offers the diary entry songs of her younger years as comfort for our ever-constant, teenage angsty, heartbreaks.

Even if you aren’t nursing a broken heart, Karen O’s radio static songs will echo in your head. They are simple (many under two minutes long!) and sweet but also melancholy and unsettling.

These 15 songs are crafted with the intention to be played on repeat on the Friday nights of gloom, where a frozen pizza and Netflix sound more appealing than facing another human being.

Just replace your Netflix with some “Crush Songs.” You won’t be disappointed.



My favorite tracks:

1. “Ooo” – The opening lyric, “Don’t tell me that they’re all the same” makes it painfully easy to empathize. From here on out, you have about a minute to twirl around your room like a distressed ballerina.

2. “Day Go By” – The rhythmic guitar strum keeps the tune moving. It’s a can’t-sleep-because you’re-on-my-mind song for the insomniac lover.

Give her a listen if you like Dakota Fanning, falling in love, comfort foods, the constellations and fairy tales with sad endings.


Bonus awesomeness: Album artwork includes beautiful sketches (by Karen herself!) of young couples in love, giving the package the feel of being plucked directly from the brain of an artistic genius. Let it peek out from your backpack in class to leave the impression that you have a soul as deep as the Atlantic.

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Other works: If you are familiar with the movie “Project X,” you may be able to recall the punchy, addictive beats of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ song, “Heads Will Roll.” If not, you could add another dance anthem song to your Spotify playlist or check out our playlist here: ARCHES_winter14.

Karen O also worked on the soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009), playing music with a childlike feel with the group named Karen O and the Kids.

More recently she worked on the music for Jonze’s movie “Her” (2013), including the modern lullaby “The Moon Song.”

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