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4.7 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

AlexVLM ,

Deeply spiritual music.

Unlike the Transormers movies, that have become messier and devoid of any real sense or soul, Steve Jablsonky´s film music has excelled with every new episode of the saga with solid, beautiful and deeply moving music. I own every score for this films, now 5 in total, they are all moving, inspiring and beautifully wrtitten. But this one in particular, the last one in the saga, falls into the Spiritual category, with new gorgeous and haunting melodies and heart-pounding action themes, it may be the best Transformer´s score to date. Too bad its movie counterpart turned out to be such a terrible senseless, cacophonous mess. Still this proves once again that a great film score can stand on its own and rise above the shortcomings of the film it was originally written for. A beautiful piece of work Steve! Thank you for the memories!

ZStar121 ,

Amazing

Amazing movie, amazing work. Steve Jablosnky, you will always amaze me with your amazing work.

Sr.JDG ,

A different tone, but just as amazing

Steve Jablonsky changes his tone in this score. The way that this score varies most is with its epic orchestral works that leave a sense of awe and fantasy, and though it does lack theme power of his previous scores, it is still well worth it. I WON'T BE REVIEWING THE ACTION PIECES -- JUST THE EMOTIONAL ONES...

The pro's of this score are that it is a new, fresh take on the soundtrack that still holds Jablonsky's amazing, well-composed style that his fans (like myself) have come to love, and it still feels like a Transformers score. It even incorporates cues from Dark of the Moon and Revenge of the Fallen that weren't emphasized in their works. It also brings back the Autobot/No Sacrifice, No Victory theme in the end and somehow elevates its splendor with a new choral element at the end.

The only con I have is that the music can get a bit repetitive, but the tracks that are being repeated are so intriguing and fun to listen to, I didn't mind.

Some of my other favorite tracks are "Sacrifice", "Merlin's Staff", "Izzy", "Purity of Heart", "We Have to Go", "Calling All Autobots," and the oddball "Cogman Sings".

"We Have to Go" is almost like a more beautiful "It's Our Fight" (from Dark of the Moon) expanded so that the wistful, epic portion in the first two minutes stretches elegantly for the whole track. It's less percussive that "Dinobot Charge" (from Age of Extinction), but the piano notes and percussion have a much larger impact on the track's emotional grip. The piano chords are so well placed, and the percussion is steady but soft, and because of the lightness, it really allows us to appreciate the strings subtle choir. You can even hum the melody of this piece, and it is catchy (though not as thematic).

The pieces "Sacrifice" and "Merlin's Staff" are a pure work of a orchestra tugging at your heartstrings, I don't know how to describe it. It is often hard for a large-scale piece to be so impactful for the ordinary listener, but this piece really gets the job done. It is fantastical, dramatic, mournful and rejoiceful all at once. It really proves that an impressive piece, which if mismananged, could be another empty, blockbuster score accompaniment, can truly stand out and impress if in the right hands. I might seem to keep bringing this up, but the lack of a melody from the previous scores only makes this piece even more spectacular.

"Izzy" is piece deeply rooted in a piano, subtle percussions and immense gravity. Though it does reach a semi-climax, the quiet portions of the track are just as meaningful as the climatic ones, and it stands out from the rest of the score, as the character Izzy is more detached from the Merlin plot points. This piece is both a slice-of-life and a take on a dystopian, orphan life turning around with a new famil... though the film didn't really captilize on this, the soundtrack really did with this cue. This piece has the heart and soul that Jablonsky has offered to every installment, and fits perfectly for the character -- but a lot of people can probably find a connection to this piece with their own lives as well.

"Purity of Heart" and "Cogman Sings" build up harmonically, "Purity of Heart" using more solo strings and "Cogman Sings" utilizing them less, as well as incorporating an Organ and opera-style vocal towards the end. These renditions of (more or less) the same soundscape are different than "Sacrifice" and some of the others because of the instrumentation, and thus it alleviates the repetition a bit. "Seglass Ni Tonday" also ends with this build up, and stars more of a medieval arrangement in terms of instrumentation and style... it also features the music from Hot Rod and Vivian's duel, and also builds it up to the nice zenith of "Cogman Sings" and "Purity of Heart" -- and varies it enough with different harmonies and a different opening.

Overall, a lot of this score could have been a rehash of the same theme that sounds a lot alike. Thor: The Dark World comes to mind because so many of the tracks sounded very similar, and at many points, indistinguishable from each other -- but it is a worthwhile and amazing score (Jablonsky's friend Brian Tyler was the composer, and shares some similarities in style). This soundtrack avoids that.

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