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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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We bought a zoo

This is a fantastic, heart warming album that is uplifting in every way. The accompanying film is equally as brilliant. A must buy, must see, score.
10 out of 10.


Again Jónsi has brought us something so beautiful it can render you speechless upon listening.
There is something about Jónsi's music that fans just "get". I don't understand what it is, and probably never will, but he again has captured music as a weightless, beautiful form that is bathed in both emotion and imagination. The images that rush through your head when listening to both "Go" and now the soundtrack for "We bought a zoo" are countless. The only thing I personally feel that is a shame about this soundtrack is that there wasn't as many new songs as a new 'dedicated' Jónsi album would have brought us. However, the songs that are there are once again painted in emotion and imagination. If i was to compare "We bought a zoo" to "Go" i'd say "Go" was marginally better simply beacause "we bought a zoo" has less dedicated songs. But i guess we can expect this from a soundtrack to a movie. 3 new highlight songs for me are: "Sun","Gathering Stories" and the title track "We bought a zoo".


A fantastic heart warming film which is a welcome departure from doom and gloom and blood and guts. The accompanying soundtrack matches the mood of the film as though they were meant to be together. Fantastic stuff from Jonsi and it will take you from tears to laughter and back again. You must buy this !


Born: 23 April 1975 in Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After spending 16 years as the singer/guitarist in the Icelandic group Sigur Rós, Jon Thor Birgisson renamed himself Jónsi and began a solo career. Though he had used the name before on a project with Alex Somers (as Jónsi & Alex on 2009’s album Riceboy Sleeps), the pixie-voiced singer’s first solo album under the Jónsi name was Go, which was released on longtime label XL in the spring of 2010. Featuring more upbeat and poppy songs than those he had written and sung with Sigur Rós, Jónsi was joined...
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