Sunday, July 12, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Soundtrack

It’s rare (as in almost never) that your cousin Ryo reviews a movie soundtrack or compilation album for this blog. I’m under the belief that compilation albums are going to get a biased rating, because they will always lack the flaws that exist in a complete studio album. However, after seeing the movie and hearing the soundtrack, I had to post a review. Yeah, it’s that good.

First, look at the bands on the album. The Fray, Nickelback, Linkin Park, Green Day, Taking Back Sunday, and the All American Rejects, just to name a few. This is a hard rocking soundtrack if ever there was one, possibly the hardest since the Last Action Hero soundtrack.

Linkin Park leads off the soundtrack with a brand new song, New Divide. This song is used during the films closing credits and it’s an incredible music feast to the ears. It’s a great song that rocks hard and has the signature Linkin Park sound. What a great way to start the soundtrack.

Green Day contributed a song from their latest disc, 21st Century Breakdown, in the form of 21 Guns. A slow, melodic, acoustic rocker that starts with falsetto vocals from Billy Joe Armstrong, the song bleeds into a nice mellow rocker and is instantly striking and catchy.

Cavo is a band that I never heard of before this, but their contribution, Let It Go is an excellent and worthy addition to an amazing soundtrack. Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman both contributed exceptional songs that are on the current albums. Nickleback’s hard rocking, heavy hitting, Burn It To The Ground is featured alongside of Theory’s Not Meant To Be.

The most interesting song on the soundtrack is The Used’s cover of Burning Down The House (Talking Heads). While the original was a psychedelic musical trip with funky vocals from lead singer David Byrne, The Used turn this song into a heavy rocker with some mosh potential. They really took the song and molded it in their own image. This is a great remake that’s bound to become a fan favorite over time.

Hoobastank, Staind, Avenged Sevenfold, and Cheap Trick round out the soundtrack, all contributing noteworthy songs. Cheap Trick does a remake of the original Transformers theme song, which is a little campy, but as a fan of the cartoon, I thought it was a neat addition. It reminded me of when Aerosmith sang the theme song to Spiderman on the Spiderman soundtrack.

If you’re a fan of modern rock, or if you’re just looking for an excellent rock and roll summer album, then look no further. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack should have been called revenge of the rock. 13 hard hitting, heavy rocking songs are contained and it’s guaranteed to blow your mind. Put the CD in your car stereo, hit play, and then roll down the highway to your wherever destination. You’re bound to have a big grin on your face.

Ryo’s Rating: 9 (out of 10).

Track Listing
New Divide – Linkin Park
21 Guns – Green Day
Let It Go – Cavo
Capital M-E – Taking Back Sunday
Never Say Never – The Fray
Burn It To The Ground – Nickelback
Burning Down The House – The Used
Not Meant To Be – Theory Of A Deadman
Real World – All American Rejects
I Don’t Think I Love You – Hoobastank
This Is It – Staind
Almost Easy – Avenged Sevenfold
Transformers: The Fallen Remix – Cheap Trick

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