In 2007 Michael Bay brought the 1980s series Transformers to the big screen in vivid, metal crunching fashion. The story was somewhat lacking, there was stupid comedy, and some bad acting, but it was still an exciting film. One of the positive things I took away from the film was the score by Steve Jablonsky. It was big, bombastic, and sounded very good.
I remember checking store shelves for it and not finding it, I checked online and did not find it. What's the deal? It is a big release, it should have a score album, right? It turns out there were no initial plans and it took an online position to show the powers-that-be that a market did exist. It came out in the Fall of that year, and it turned out to be a great album. Fortunately, with the release of the second film, they chose not to wait four months to release it. The question is now whether or not it is any good.
The score, was composed by Steve Jablonsky and marks the third direct collaboration between Jablonsky and Michael Bay, beginning with The Island. He has also developed a relationship with Bay's production company, Platinum Dunes, having scored the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and its prequel), Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, and Friday the 13th. I have not heard those separately, but do not recall the scores as standing out that much, unlike his Transformers work, not to mention The Island. Jablonsky definitely knows how to step up for the big effects films and deliver the goods in the form of eminently listenable scores that work well even apart from their films.
This new score is not quite as strong as the original, but I think that would have been a tall order under any set of circumstances. That is not to say it doesn't deliver, it does, I just get the feeling that the original themes could have been used to stronger effect, as I only really noticed the Autobots theme used. That is not to say the new material is bad, just not quite as I had hoped.