Various I'm Here OST

You could argue that with his clever, innovative videos, Spike Jonze pretty much made the careers of many bands in the '90s. So it's surprising he hasn't called in some favours for the soundtracks to his work in film. Whatever the reason for his reticence in the past, he's enlisted an all-star cast of musicians for the soundtrack to his robot love short film, I'm Here. Previously released tracks from Sleigh Bells ("A/B Machines"), Girls ("Hellhole Rat Race") and Animal Collective ("Did You See the Words") sit next to original material from Jonze's brother, Sam Spiegel (aka Squeak E. Clean), and the Lost Trees, a collaboration between the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and singer Aska. It goes without saying that these songs are the main reason you'll want to track down a copy of this limited-edition soundtrack. "There are Many of Us" by the Lost Trees is a beautiful ballad that would have worked just as well on the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are, while "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" finds the trio working well with Of Montreal. Spiegel's tracks, including the pretty "Lonesome Robot Theme," act more like a typical film score. This is a rare case where the soundtrack for a film holds up as a coherent collection of songs rather than just a grab bag of unrelated tracks. (Chocolate Industries)