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Transformers Score Soundtrack
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Ask, and ye shall receive: When Michael Bay's Transformers came out in the summer of 2007, a soundtrack was issued that gathered a collection of pop and rock songs. But fans clamored for the score so arduously that it was released a few months later. Was it worth it? Steve Jablonsky comes from Hans Zimmer's stable of composers, and anybody with half an ear could have guessed it. Jablonsky's other main influence is pretty much the last 15 years of summer action movies: There's nothing here you haven't heard before, but it's pretty nifty blaring out of a multichannel set-up--though an iPod may do the trick as well. The CD opens with the two main themes ("Autobots" and "Decepticons"), which will be alluded to throughout, particularly in "Sam on the Roof;" the bad guys fare better as "Decepticons" delivers a bigger bang, while the good Autobots get the usual elegiac choir. But forget about subtlety: The best tracks are the full-on aggro ones and are easy to spot: They have titles such as "Frenzy," "Scorponok," "Downtown Battle." Note that half the tracks sport an asterisk indicating a "different version in film," which seems odd, since the album was prompted in large part by fan demand--wouldn't sticking to what's in the film have been be a better way to indulge those who really wanted to hear these cues again? --Elisabeth Vincentelli
After the release of this summers movie blockbuster Transformers and Transformers The Album, fans clamored to hear the orchestral score. An online petition received thousands of signatures; the fans have spoken! The result is Transformers The Score, composed and produced by Steve Jablonsky. A blockbuster franchise has been born and apparently a rabid fan base has taken the music on-screen to heart.
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I very much like the "close," personal feel of the recording; it's like being in a small studio with the orchestra, as opposed to a large concert hall. There's plenty of action music from the film ("Scorponok"; "Downtown Battle"; etc.), but there's also a terrific mix-in of the slower, elegant thematic music as well as the "inspirational," pieces. Also, a pleasant surprise: "Sam at the Lake," and "Witwicky." These are very nice "fun" and "mischievous" pieces that recall some of the film's terrific comedic moments, and make for a nice change of pace from the other styles on the disc.
The music is very powerful, emotional, and one shouldn't be surprised to find your foot tapping along to it. This score is a must-have for all film-score buffs.
Anyone familiar with Michael Bay's films should know that Jablonsky worked all the way back to Armageddon for Michael as an additional composer. So this relationship was a long time coming, and it's amazing how well their creative minds work together. The Island was Jablonsky's first solo effort for Bay and with Transformers the RC Team sound can be heard throughout. The score is wall to wall great music. It's hard for me to pinpoint a favorite track although Skorponok, Soccent Attack and Arrival To Earth come to mind as standouts. This is pure action scoring at its finest. It really isn't a complex score. You have a theme for the Autobots, a theme for the Decepticons and then the overall heroic theme for the film. A little mix and mash of Hans Zimmer style and you have one helluva action score. Score enthusiasts have to admit that Jablonsky borrowed heavily from the Batman Begins score, but in good nature. Also, who knew Jablonsky could pull some tears from listeners with Bumblebee Captured.
Overall this is a superb scoring effort to the type of movie it's accompanying. Sure, it's not the most original and complex score we've seen from the Remote Control Productions group, but it's one you can listen to over and over again. I'm glad the score is finally out and hopefully we'll be getting that 2-disc complete score that has been rumored if this release sells well. Good job, Steve.
Maybe it's because I was so engrossed in the film itself, I really didn't notice how good this score is. Sure, it's a shameless rip off from Hans Zimmer's earlier scores...but then again...so is POTC...one of my favorites. Alot of major score critics are going to rip this score apart like Megatron ripped Frenzy apart, but what makes the score fit is the fact that it hits every mark, just like POTC did. I was surprised at how much emotion was in this score. The Bublebee Captured is one of the saddest tracks on the album. I have to say, aside from the Scorponok track, which is a clear immiation of the Kranken track from Dead Man's Chest, the action music isn't the best. Sure it's heart pounding, but it is sub-par to the brilliance of the "awe" music such as Arrival to Earth.
So in closing, don't be surprised when this score is reviewed by critics as a mess of a score. But just because a score may not be orginal, doesn't mean it can't be fun and exciting and inspriational. I'm sure a lot of this score is going to make its way into my "Cardio" mix on my Ipod. Deffinately worth a listen.