Is it possible that Brian Tyler was able to do a better job that Steve Jablonsky with an animated series of the beloved franchise? Yes and no. There is no denying that the first Transformers score by Jablonsky is a stunning piece of action scoring that calls back on the best action scores of the 90's. However, the two scores to follow were ultimately disappointments to me. Neither the films nor the scores could live up to the hair raising original. What Tyler does here is build off the best qualities of what Jablonsky did in the first Transformers film. With that being said this score is better than Revenge of The Fallen and Dark Of The Moon combined.
We start off with an amazingly heroic theme and that lays the foundation for the constantly grandiose score. The epic sounding score always maintains a level of greatness throughout, and any fan of Brian Tyler will love his orchestral approach. Since there are really no electronics in this score it may be jarring for fans of the movie since the soundscape is different in that sense. There are some cartoony moments that you can expect from an animated series, but overall there is nothing "kiddy" about the music. There is a surprising amount of intensity here that I didn't expect to find, but Tyler keeps it true to the franchise Hasbro has built. One may grow tired of the Prime theme quickly as Tyler falls back on it a lot, but not enough to ruin the experience of this 80-minute album.
Steve Jablonsky's first Transformers score will always remain the epic sound of Transformers, and this score can't come close to it. However, it puts the two followups to shame. If you want some faith restored to this beloved franchise then I urge you check out Brian Tyler's attempt at it. It won't blow you away, but his graceful and epic approach has much to admire.