|By Charlie Goodrich||Saturday, 1 Oct 2005|
This is a great soundtrack. It was composed by Vince DiCola, the man who did the soundtrack for Rocky IV. He was heavily influenced by keyboard players and progressive rock bands of the seventies. Because of this, Vince loves to work with synthesizers, rock bands, and orchestral bands. All three styles are present in The Transformers soundtrack.
While working on the soundtrack, Vince got to work with a much underrated artist in Stan Bush. Bush performs two superb songs, “The Touch” and “Dare”. Both tracks feature powerful vocals accompanied with great instrumentals. The original Transformers theme was redone with what sounds to be a hair band. Lion is the group responsible for metal-fying the TV anthem. Lion does a good job with the theme. My only complaint is the lead singer sounds a bit on the wimpy side. I want a Transformers theme to be song by someone like Stan Bush. That would have been mint. N.R.G. was another band brought in by Vince to aid in the soundtrack. They preformed “Instruments of Destruction”. This is the heaviest song in the movie. N.R.G. kind of sounds like eighties Alice Cooper mixed with Dokken. It produces a good sound that works well. Aside from Lion and N.R.G., Vince chose to work with the band Spectre General. Spectre General did “Hunger” and “Nothin’s Gonna Stand in Our Way”. On both these songs, Spectre General sounds a lot like W.A.S.P. So, of course, I enjoy both of their songs on the soundtrack.
Vince composed three great instrumental songs for Transformers. “Death of Optimus Prime”, “Escape”, and “Autobot/Decepticon Battle” use synthesizers and orchestras to capture the scenes perfectly. Many of the songs have the Rocky IV sound to them. So if you liked that soundtrack you’ll like these songs too.
In addition to these songs, you get “Dare to be Stupid” by Weird Al Yankovic. This is an alright song that plays well in the movie but on its own is the weakest link on the album. The song itself is greatly out of place with the rest of the tone and theme of the album. For fans of Stan Bush, the Rocky IV soundtrack, or eighties metal, this album would make a great addition to your collection.