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Steve Jablonsky's TRANSFORMERS Score Is Now Out On CD!! A Few Quick Thoughts...

Merrick again...
ScoreKeeper is extremely busy with ScoreKeeper stuff, so we thought we'd drop in a mention about a score CD that was relased yesterday. It's Steve Jablonsky's score for TRANSFORMERS. To be clear, this is NOT the rock compilation album that came out before the movie hit. This is the film's orchestral score. There's been a promo CD for this score making the rounds for the last few weeks, which lacked several signature movements from the film. The full 20 track CD is much more well rounded; tracks (like the stirring arrival of the Autobots) are often expanded significantly from their on-screen iteration on the new CD. I mention this release for several reasons: 1) TRANSFORMERS is a subject of perpetual interest here on AICN. 2) The score plays surprisingly well outside of the film, revealing textures, motifs, and nuance which were buried beneath the movie's dense sound design and non-stop Bayhem. To my surprise, this ended up being one of the more enjoyable score CDs I've come across in quite some time. 3) Many folks in the Internet community were asking about the availability of this music when the film was released, but no score CD was to be found when TRANSFORMERS was released this Summer. In fact, at one point, there were indications Jablonsky's work wouldn't be made available at all. A few grassroots petitions popped up online; I've no sense of whether or not these swayed The Powers That Be towards reconsidering the release of the score. Which brings me to: The release of a movie's score should not be taken for granted (Christopher Young's SPIDER-MAN 3 score, for example). To help counter this trend...if you remember Jablonsky's work in TRANSFORMERS & enjoyed what you heard...this might be a good item to pick-up. There's more to it than meets...the ear. Sorry, couldn't resist. If you can't find the TRANSFORMERS score in stores, you can always get it...


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  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Transformers Score A.K.A. "Music to play while you're not gettin

    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Getting Laid

    by Pound Sand


  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    heres a thought

    by ironic_name

    jablonsky is a really stupid name.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    You got the TOUCH you got the POWER

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Fuckin' METAL DARK and BRUTAL

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Have to disagree, it sounded like warmed over SOP Media Ventures

    by KillaKane

    Jablonsky's work on the Island was much better, I think he was under some duress with the timescale on Transformers and it shows. Most of the cues sounded like they were written on his DAW with what is certainly an impressive library with a minimal amount of orchestral overdubs. Not a standout for me, I'd sooner listen to the likes of Powell's Bourne Ultimatum.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Why would you want to listen to this?


    If it makes you remember the horrible flick<P>I feel for all the talented people involved in this SHIT WRECK.<P>Bay ejaculum smothering all the work I would have loved to have been able to see and hear and apreciate were it not for all the aptly named BAYHEM going on.<P>Other than Vern(who must be despairing at every mention) this site sure does love this horrible MOVIE!

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I remember the score as pretty uninspired and lame.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But since you have already pointed out that it sounds much better without the movie, I try to listen to it again.<br> PS: Yes, I am not ashamed of saying that I love the movie.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Bumblebee rocks...


    But sorry, cruisin' listening to the transformers score will not just prevent you from getting laid but prevent you from having human contact of any kind. Mike bay excepted. I can see him cruisin' in a topless sports car whilst some "actress" polishes his knob and he's cranking the score from "transformers' over the radio.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Jablonsky's score was terrific. You people are batshit crazy.

    by Rickey Henderson

    If you've seen the scene at the end of The Island and heard that music you'd know how talented a composer the guy is. No, he's not an Elfman or a Williams, but he's pretty damned solid and just as good if not better than Hans Zimmer. The Transformers score was just another level of excellence in an already terrific movie. Suck it haters. Suck it hard.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Bruce Broughton is scoring bad Lifetime TV movies...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...and Steve Jablonsky scores Transformers. Life ain't fair.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    i wants me a complete transformers the movie (1986) score

    by Acne Scarface

    coz i love me some vince dicola...

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Music all total copy of other flicks

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I mean come on, there were music cues STRAIGHT of out Terminator and many other flicks. The movie itself was disapointing enough, but that score was just a collection of ripped off music.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    By the way, why hasn't AICN talked about the leaked TF2 script?

    by Rickey Henderson

    Because an alleged one is out there. Not sure if it's legit, but it definitely reads like it is.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Ricky, you know why they won't

    by finky089

    because AICN wants another visit with Bay and company when T2INO starts production.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by vaterite

    Holy shit. This thing costs 16.99 on the itunes music store. That's incredibly overpriced for itunes. It's not a double album, the thing only clocks in at 59.7 minutes. So, what's up?

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    This score is amazing. any who disagree need to die

    by messi

    and stop listening to such shitty music. The Autobots theme is as well written as Zidane's theme by mogwai. Some of the shit heer is so well layered.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Autobots theme sounds like the unwritten Justice League theme

    by messi

    When I heard it again I just couldn't help but think this is what the Justice League theme should sound like, epic and heroic. Pretty damn perfect.

  • Because I listen to Mogwai, Isis, Fugazi and Boris, which are getting rotation right now. And I loved this score, so that makes my opinion more valid than yours. Fuck you.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    messi: "my opinion more valid than yours"??!???!?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    First of all, having certain tastes doesn't make your opinions more valid. And if you think THOSE particular bands lends credibility to you, you're even FURTHER off. That's a pretty lame list you got there.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    as always Merrick

    by chiahead

    a nice read. can you say anything about the liner notes? I was debating buying the hard copy over downloading it on iTunes. I may just do that now, out of sheer impatience, but if there was something worth reading on the liner notes i can hold out for a hard copy.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Generic Media Ventures rehash that could be knocked out on a Gig

    by KillaKane

    Who ever thinks this consitutes as accomplished filmscoring really needs to broaden their sphere of listening. Ok it's slick and serves it's function, I personally rate Jablonsky as a composer (his work on the Island was great), but his gig on Transformers was dialled in, lots of impressive MV sample libs, the customary MV studio patina, buuuut ultimately trite and bland. Fair enough if som bods enjoy it, but high art it aint.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Truly a great score...

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    Most of Michael Bays films have great scores, Bad Boys (but not Bad Boys 2) The Rock (awesomeness), Armageddon and The Island. Pearl Harbor isn't bad, but like the script it's quite lacking. The Island score is incredibly moving and really is one of the strongest points of that movie. Same goes for Transformers. The Arrival of the Autobots montage is a seriously great moment... if only the script had been better and they cut out the military stuff and added slightly more decepticons and autobots then it would have been awesome.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Wow, thats pretty good as far as media ventures go

    by Evil Hobbit

    Totally underwhelmed in the cinema by the sound effects and rock music interludes. Has the same vibe as Steve's "My name is Lincoln" track from the Island. Good stuff.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Jablonsky is the best composer of his generation!

    by Musicballs

    Steve Jablonsky rules. As Vern pointed out, portions of this score rival Schindler's List in musical complexity, and I can't wait to hear what Jablonsky comes up with next!

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by starlesswinter

    While the Transformers score certainly isn't bad, it just sounds like a typical action score. Try telling a story with your music, people, not just playing a theme everytime someone/thing walks onscreen.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    by starlesswinter

    This is not complex music. Listen to LOTR for complex music. It's a mix of scores already written (such as Batman Begins) and typical heroic/battle tracks. Again, not bad...just not terrific.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    LOTR?! Steve Jablonsky will score The Hobbit

    by Musicballs

    What's all this rubbish about Steve Jablonsky not being complex? I bet you if Howard Shore is not available for The Hobbit, Janblonsky will be the first person Peter Jackson taps for the project. It's time for Zimmer fans to stop living in shame. Ramin Djwadi for Iron Man!

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Love the score but

    by barnaby jones

    though it did owe alot to Batman Begins and the Pirates soundtracks.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    So help me...

    by Darkman

    There was a piece of music (when the copter was flying to Hoover Dam) that sounded just like the TEAM AMERICA score. Even so, I'll give this a miss. <br><br> And is truly sad.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Merrick

    by Edited_Out

    I always appreciate learning about new scores (especially ones that almost didn't see the light of day), and am glad to purchase this one in order to encourage the Powers That Be to release more. (Alas, I'm still waiting for the scores to Sunshine and Firefox...)

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Why this didnt sag like fat-fanboy-tits

    by GenreBoy

    It was epic and sounded pretty damn heroic. That automatically beats out any of the other scores out there. also be Honest with yourselves...John Williams & Danny Elfman have become rather one-note organic-artisty depricating drivel. Jablonsky fits into that catergory of Jon Ottman, Michael Giachino, james horner.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    score was great

    by slkboxrman

    i agree with whoever said it earlier that those that dont like it must die..... a great score to go with a great movie... im still surprised we still have the "bay messed with what i hold dear in my life" comments..hope to get it or download it soon...

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    It was actually a good score

    by BitterMan23

    considering how atrocious his score for The Island was, I was pretty happy. Still, nothing will ever top the A+ action scores for Bay's first 3 films.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    AICN is my favorite commercial.

    by oceanic86


  • that "dutta-dutta dutta-dutta"? Straight out of batman begins.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Can't say I noticed the score when watching....

    by Giant Ape Balls

    Mindyou I didn't notice a plot either.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Sounds cheap and simple

    by Frye777

    TF score sounds cheap and simple. The usual Media Ventures/Remote Control quick, copy-paste stuff. I'd never understand the excitement around this junk of score while a lot of beautiful score is undereleased till today.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins + Armageddon + a little Bad Boys 2

    by Frye777

    = TF score!

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Jablonksy for Hobbit? No way.

    by starlesswinter

    You must be joking. Peter Jackson has more intelligence than that. When I speak of LOTR being musically has over 80 themes which are consistently developed (telling the story: progressing, declining, combining with other themes, trying to overthrow other themes, etc.) throughout the three films. THAT is musical complexity at its finest.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by starlesswinter

    In my earlier post, when I said "it's a mix of scores already written...." I meant Transformers, NOT LOTR.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST

    a lame list, ShiftyEyedDog2?

    by tango fett

    you can't really go wrong with Fugazi. just wanted to throw that out there. and besides, who could hate the band that created that whole 'emo' thing? but seriously, they are great.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    More thoughts....

    by popcornscores

    Though very much a Zimmer styled score, I think Jablonsky does enough with the themes of the soundtrack to deliver an entertaining one. Suite and Review is up at if interested.