Music from the Transformers Trilogy
Composed By: Steve Jablonksy
Performed By: London Music Works and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I watched the Transformers cartoon in the 1980s and my brother had the toys, so when the live action movies first hit the theaters, I had mixed feelings about it all. While the special effects looked awesome, there was still a sentimental part of me that couldnít abide by anyone messing with the original storyline. So, I skipped the movies altogether. Unfortunately, that means I missed out on hearing the musical score for the films as well. Happily, Silva Screen Records has just announced the release of Music from the Transformers Trilogy and I have been given an opportunity to check the album out.
The musical score of the Transformers Trilogy was created by Steve Jablonsky, an American composer who has worked on musical scores for film, television and video games. His first credited score for a motion picture was the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Since then, he has composed the musical scores of The Amityville Horror, The Island, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. With all of these horror movie remake soundtracks under his belt, Steve Jablonsky may have seemed like a strange choice to compose the musical scores for the Transformer movies. And yet, after the premier of the first Transformers film, when there was no word of any soundtrack album forthcoming, over 5000 people signed an online petition fighting for the release of an original score album. Believing that fact to be quite impressive, I couldnít wait to listen to what Jablonsky had come up with for the films.
Music from the Transformers Trilogy features sixteen tracks of music: six from the original film, six from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and four from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. All of the tracks on the album are performed by London Music Works with the exceptions of Tracks 6 and 12 which were performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
I never thought that music created for a film about robots coming to Earth and fighting other evil robots could be so beautiful. The first track, Autobots, is an anthem of sorts, excerpts of which appear in other tracks. The music is an uplifting orchestral piece that somewhat describes the Autobots as valiant and determined warriors. The choir of singers in the background serve to enhance that impression and hint at something epic about to take place. The following track, The All Spark, features a cello solo by Pavel Belousek that has a certain Celtic feel and an intrinsic beauty. As we move forward, the music becomes more action themed and you definitely get the idea of an epic battle taking place by the sixth track, Optimus Vs. Megatron.
Things start to get darker as we move into the music from the second and third movies. The vocals supplied by Francesca Genco and Tara Clark are quite haunting, hinting at a sort of doom or despair among the main characters of the film. The Autobot anthem is ever present and that sense of determination to survive the wrath of the Decepticons is definitely translated through the music, so that by the time we reach the final track, Our Final Hope, we are certain that those who fight on the side of the Autobots are destined to save the world from their enemies.
Music from the Transformers Trilogy was a surprise for me. I never realized what an amazing composer Steve Jablonsky was. The music he created for this movie trilogy was beautiful, uplifting and incredibly descriptive. Listening to this album has made me rethink my decision to skip the movies. This is definitely an album Iím more than happy to add to my movie soundtrack collection.