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Score Review: Transformers Age of Extinction

Posted on the 06 July 2014 by Kittyfairy @KittyFairy
Score Review: Transformers Age of ExtinctionIt's true that since I first heard about the fourth film in the Transformers series, I've not been interested in the film in the slightest. I've watched one trailer, but I haven't followed the progress in any other way.
And yet, over the past few weeks, I've begun to feel this overwhelming urge to go see it.
My favorite aspect of the series so far has - quite predictably to anyone who is a regular reader - been the soundtrack. Steve Jablonsky's score, teamed with the roaring soundtrack with Linkin Park at the helm, have been dramatically brilliant. So, it was a little disappointing to discover that Linkin Park had not provided the film with it's title track.
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Imagine Dragons and I love their music, I do really like "Battle Cry" as well, but I don't know, it's just not Linkin Park, and it's definitely not "What I've Done". There is something lacking from the track, and I think that - for me, at least - it's because the sound of the track just doesn't suit the style that I know from Imagine Dragons. It feels like they're trying to replicate what Linkin Park have done with their previous three songs, but not really lived up to the expectations.
Steve Jablonsky has kept the score for Age of Extinction very much in the same vein as the previous three films: it's big, it's boomy and it drives headlong with a great sense of drama that replicates what Michael Bay is best known for (they don't call him Big Bang Bay for no reason, afterall!).
The addition of vocals from "Battle Cry" into several of the song feels a little strained at times. The song features most prominently - to me - in the theme "Tessa". It seems quite cliche that the song should feature in the main girls theme, y'know since Imagine Dragons are probably a band that are most popular amongst girls.
It was good to hear the familiar tones of our favorite "Arrival to Earth" from the first Transformers with the track "Autobots Reunite", even if it didn't quite have the same flare as the first film. Nevertheless, it is still an awesome track.
"Lockdown" starts with quite an eerie vibe, and builds up into yet another epic track, before changing direction at just over three minutes, when it gets even creepier. It's actually quite an intimidating piece of music.
Overall, the score - from what I have heard so far - is exactly what I would expect from both Jablonsky and the Transformers film. I do miss the addition of Linkin Park providing the lead song, however.
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