TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)
The Autobots and Decepticons are back for a third time, and so is American rock band Linkin Park. After "What I’ve Done" and "New Divide" on the first two Transformers movie, the streak of Linkin Park songs being the theme songs of the Transformers movies continue. This time, the band from California performs “Iridescent” (from their fourth studio album “A Thousand Suns”), an emotionally charged rock ballad which is definitely worthy of the replay button on your player.
Also, watch out for the music video directed by Joe Hahn, the band’s turntablist. The four minute tune, which paints a picture of hope amidst chaos and sadness, seems to be an appropriate choice for the latest Transformers blockbuster.
Elsewhere, two other singles are included specifically for this soundtrack album. American rock band Paramore’s “Monster” has lead vocalist Hayley Williams singing her lungs out about how she wants to stop “the whole world from turning into a monster”.
Alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls' "All That You Are" is the second single. Vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik (whose performance on the theme song of Disney's animated feature Treasure Planet is extraordinarily memorable), vocalist and bass guitarist Robbt Takac and drummer Mike Malinin perform a radio friendly tune which is a nice companion to their contribution to the 2007 Transformers movie, "Before It's Too Late”.
This is easily the most rock heavy album in the series, with American rock bands like My Chemical Romance belting out the heart thumping “The Only Hope for Me is You”, Staind commanding the air waves with the grave sounding “The Bottom” and Black Veil Brides performing the thunderously strident “Set the World on Fire”.
The 39 minute album is a must own if you are a fan of rock, as it contains tracks ranging from alternative rock, post grunge and hard rock. We are also almost certain that it is a soundtrack director Michael Bay would approve of, seeing how the music would be wonderful accompaniments to the scenes of Autobots and Decepticons vehemently battling it out in their third live action movie.
Recommended Track: (1) Iridescent – LInkin Park
Review by John Li
Posted on 26 June 2011