October 3, 2017

Tuesday Tunes: Transformers: The Last Knight Soundtrack


      I haven't done one of these in a hot second, but I really want to make it a habit of doing these since music is literally the one constant in my life. So without further ado let me tell you why you should listen to the soundtrack from Transformers: The Last Knight.

      For things first, let me be honest with you: I haven't actually watched the latest Transfomers movie. I actually enjoyed the first two movies, the third one was eh, and it should have died there. The forth one was one big eyeroll and I've decided that at the moment I'm not going to give this newest movie the time of day. However, I will give its soundtrack all of my time because if there is one thing I love a lot it's the Transformers' soundtracks. I personally think Steve Jabonskly is one of the greatest composers of our time. He deserves all of the Oscars for his excellent work. 

      I have loved these soundtracks since the first movie. I love the mixture of classical with techno style to make an epic soundtrack. I love the soundtracks so much that if you played a song from them randomly, I could tell you the name of the song and the point of the movie it originates from. The orchestra kid in me just loves how well the styles of music blend in these soundtracks, and this new one is no exception, although I will say it is quite a bit different than the others. There is more emphasis on the classical aspect, especially the strings, compared to the earlier soundtracks, which as a violinist, I am all for. 

      Without a doubt my favorite song on the soundtrack is the very first one, "Sacrifice". When I first heard this song, I was blown away. It starts off with a softer tone than any song from the previous soundtracks and I love how it goes from just the piano to bringing in the strings followed by the brass with choir and the drums. At its highest point, the crescendo from all of the instrument just really gives me goosebumps. This song makes me want to close my eyes and imagine I'm in the eye of a storm, a strong wind blowing all around me and through my hair, preparing for battle. 

      As much as I love the feel this soundtrack is going for, I will admit that a lot of it blends together and makes it less memorable than the other soundtracks. There are no songs that I can just point out and name at the drop of the hat like I can with other soundtracks. Maybe it's because I haven't seen the movie so I cannot connect the two or because I haven't listen to it on repeat enough. I don't know. We'll see if the same can be said after I've listen to it like a thousand times. I do appreciate however that I can hear bits and pieces of the original soundtracks brought in from the first movie that really define the Transformers' soundtracks for me. (Side note: the cello has always sounded great in the Transformers' soundtracks, but hot damn the cello solos on this soundtrack are on fucking point. Like it makes me slightly jealous that my twin brother plays the cello- but not really, violin for life.)

      If you like classical music, movie music, epic music, anything like that, I implore you to take the time and really listen to this soundtrack. It's such a powerful and moving suite that I think needs to be appreciated. So if you're studying, doing homework, doing chores, etc. you should give this a whirl.

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