Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Short Music Review...

Transformers: The Score

Composer: Steve Jablonsky

Track listing:

1. Autobots
2. Decepticons
3. The AllSpark
4. Deciphering The Signal
5. Frenzy
6. Optimus
7. Bumblebee
8. Soccent Attack
9. Sam At The Lake
10. Scorponok
11. Cybertron
12. Arrival To Earth
13. Whitwicky
14. Downtown Battle
15. Sector 7
16. Bumblebee Captured
17. You're A Soldier Now
18. Sam On The Roof
19. Optimus Vs. Megatron
20. No Sacrifice, No Victory

I recently purchased the instrumental soundtrack to the recent live action Transformers movie and decided to share my thoughts.

In case you don't keep up with this stuff, there are two TF soundtracks to the recent movie. The first one (with a side shot of Optimus' face on it) is full of pop songs that are in the movie/inspired by the movie. This is the other one with strictly instrumental music on it (and it came out more recently too).

The tracks don't seem to follow any real order from the movie but that doesn't really impact the sound of the music. In short, the music is grand and orchestral. It befits an epic storyline full of action and excitement.

And yet... the music doesn't really stand out in my mind. It's not bad by any means--certainly, it's sufficient for any modern action epic. But it doesn't capture my imagination the way some soundtracks of the past have. The original TF movie soundtrack by Vin Dicola is far more distinctive as are soundtracks like James Horner's beautiful Star Trek scores, John William's Star Wars music and Chris Franke's Babylon 5 compositions.

All and all, a good effort. Not outstanding but still a solid release and worth checking out if you like instrumental soundtracks.

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