Soundtrack
Transformers: Dark of the Moon


2.0
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Review

by Irving Tan STAFF
June 22nd, 2011 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Autotunes! Transform and troll out!

In more ways than one, the Transformers compilation albums have always acted as an extended metaphor for their parent film franchise. The latest addition to the series, Music From Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is no different. As shiny and heartless as its predecessors, the compilation features cut after cut of tunes carelessly prepared by a loose collection of knuckle-dragging rock outfits who were either always unbelievably mediocre or are already way past their prime.

Back for the third time running are the latest in a long line of Radiohead wannabes - Linkin Park. Although “What I’ve Done” and “New Divide” (which fronted the two previous Transformers releases) were at least half-bearable, “Iridescent” sees this increasingly lost Agoura Hills outfit make like lemmings on a cliff with their latest shoddy excuse for a rock ballad. The song’s attempt at electronic bliss is tepid and tiresome, and as Chester Bennington aimlessly warbles his way through the song’s refrain of “Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?” for the fourth time running, it’s hard to keep from nodding in agreement. Third time is clearly not a charm for this American band. Elsewhere, “The Only Hope For Me Is You” sees former scene kids My Chemical Romance desperately trying to make one of the weaker cuts on their manga-inspired Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys fit the overall feel of the Transformers franchise. The results are predictably mediocre, with the band’s constant straining against the vagaries of post-apocalyptic love best being described as hit-or-miss.

Knuckle-draggers 101: The Album then continues with Staind’s “The Bottom”. Their trundling contribution to the album acts as a rather glum preview of their upcoming studio album, Seven, and reminds us all why they, like the Goo Goo Dolls, have become irreversibly irrelevant over the past couple of years or so. Speaking of which, Music From Transformers: Dark of the Moon also offers listeners a glimpse at what Rzeznik and co. have been doing post-Something For The Rest of Us. Although “All That You Are” is easily eclipsed by the band’s previous contribution to the Transformers franchise (2007’s “Before It’s Too Late”), when compared to the rest of the album, it can just barely be considered a highlight.

Further down the album, the grunge-y and garage-like feel of Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman's latest studio effort actually affords one of the album’s better fist-pumping moments, but it remains to be seen whether the Canadian rock outfit are truly capable of rising above this league of mediocrity in which they have been so unfortunate to find themselves in recently. However, the most interesting cut on here is none other than Mastodon’s (rather random) cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Just Got Paid”. Although playing well below their usual standards, there is enough purposeful kitsch present herein to at least send Music From Transformers: Dark of the Moon out on a non-sour note.

In short, much like any movie in the franchise, this one works much better when approached with one’s brain checked at the door. One would also do very well to remember this release as the shameless money-grab that it is to avoid extended disappointment. In other news, the Transformers go and visit Pink Floyd on the moon or something on June 29th.



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Sanders
June 22nd 2011


2352 Comments


I agree with your final paragraph. These soundtracks are always relatively harmless if taken at face-value. It's why I love the films, you don't have to think about them, just enjoy robots kicking the fuck out of each other.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011


7046 Comments


Here comes Irving! Pos...

pizzamachine
June 22nd 2011


12571 Comments


Review's ok Ving but it seems rushed to me.

CarterVance
June 22nd 2011


37 Comments


Good review, Irving!I was really shocked that Mastodon decided to be on this release, wonder how it fits into the context of the film (not that I'm likely to ever see it, having hated the first two)

Acanthus
June 22nd 2011


9543 Comments


Somehow not surprised that BVB made it on this.

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Nagrarok
June 22nd 2011


8256 Comments


Summary = autopos.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011


50446 Comments


Movies are shit.
Soundtracks are shit.

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FelixCulpa
June 22nd 2011


1240 Comments


Haha nice review Irving. Love the heartfelt plug at the end.

Satellite
June 22nd 2011


20818 Comments


wait is that seriously the name of the new transformers movie?

god i hate michael bay.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011


50446 Comments


Transformers were discovered on the moon in 1969, and the government tried to cover it up. Until one day, Shia ladouche uncovered the secret.

iFghtffyrdmns
June 22nd 2011


7047 Comments


fucking LOVE that you said the goo goo dolls song can at least just barely be called a highlight, as I am a Buffalo, NY native and have always had a bit of a soft spot for the Goo's.

way to go Irv.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011


21967 Comments


Monster is decent

MrSnuffles
June 22nd 2011


112 Comments


There's more than two songs in this one?

Dreamflight
June 22nd 2011


1760 Comments


Some killer stuff here...in the review not the album.

RagingStorm
June 22nd 2011


509 Comments


awesome review, pos

tiesthatbind
June 22nd 2011


7374 Comments


Movie's gonna rule. Sanders gets it.

The Paramore song is decent.

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Ovrot
June 22nd 2011


10495 Comments


The 13 year old I keep inside of me loves the transformers i will watch the shit out of it.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2011


16142 Comments


awesome review, this definitely sucks

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RosaParks
June 22nd 2011


14912 Comments


great review. Micheal Bay honestly needs to be arrested though. These movies are so awful, they aren't even good for the action. Horrible scripts, dumb fights, obvious structure, stupid endings. The first movie was half decent but Transformers 2 was probably the worst movie ever. I'd rather watch Meet the Spartans

PropaneNightmares
June 22nd 2011


115 Comments


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