Transformers: The Album

Common Sense Media says

Decent rock mix, but not much from the movie.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Alternately nihilistic and hopeful, depending on the song.

Violence

Some darkly poetic imagery that might be frightening to very young children: "They're bound to kill us all/in white-washed halls/the jackals lick their paws."

Sex

Some fairly dense innuendo.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No product placement in lyrics, but the insert is all about the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these lyrics are strong on depressing if innocuous teen angst ("I'll face myself to cross out what I've become/Erase myself and let go of what I've done," by Linkin Park) and some darkly evocative poetry ("They're bound to kill us all/in white-washed halls/the jackals lick their paws" in "Doomsday Clock" by Smashing Pumpkins).

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What's the story?

TRANSFORMERS: THE ALBUM (or so it's called) is actually a collection of a dozen songs by popular groups, one third of which ("Second to None" by Styles of Beyond featuring Mike Shinoda; "End of the World" by Armor for Sleep; "Retina and the Sky" by Idiot Pilot; and -- get this -- "Transformers Theme" by Mutemath) don't actually get played in the movie. Many of the lyrics are darkly poetic in a self-conscious, teen-angst sort of way. But there's also a glimmer of hope and redemption offered by the Goo Goo Dolls on "Before It's Too Late" with "Hold on before it's too late/until we leave this behind/Don't fall, just be who you are/It's all that we need in our lives."

Is it any good?

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Performances are strong, delivering a satisfying compilation for fans of music that's heavy on self-important nihilist posturing and incendiary electric guitar riffs, if light on humor. Be aware that some lyrics may be disturbing to young kids ("Apocalyptic thieves are lost among our dead; they're bound to kill us all/in white-washed halls/the jackals lick their paws" in "Doomsday Clock" by Smashing Pumpkins; "Your dream vacation, smile Hostage Refuge/A work in progress you bleed/just like you puke while running a mile" in "Pretty Handsome Awkward" by The Used).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's false advertising to promote a CD as a "soundtrack album" when it includes songs that aren't in the movie and leaves out soundtrack songs by lesser-known artists. If you were making a movie, what songs would you put on your soundtrack?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 3, 2007
Labels:Warner Brothers, WEA
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 12, 2009
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15
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Older kids.

Some of these things contain lyrics that only older kids should listen to, because they are deep and complex and may produce false negative feelings.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old June 21, 2009
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10
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A masterpiece by Michael Bay

This the greatest movie of 2007 and I still love it after watching it 6 times over again. For young kids the menacing robots may be scary but mature kids over the age of 10 won't be scared at all. A frightening scene in the movie might be when "Megatron" reaches out for the boy (Shia Labeouf). In my opinion Megan Fox didn't do that well but she was great in the scene when her and "Bumblebee" drove through the "war" in the city.The movie is okay for kids but the scene when the mom comes in after hearing "sounds' (transformers) was "...." for kids. Michael Bay seems to love jokes involving "sexual" things. the animation was groundbreaking was even more amazing in high definition 1080 p (BluRay). Maybe I'm a bit biased in this review as I loves the 80's transformers but nevertheless I loved the movie. This movie was great and I am still wondering how they will top this movie in Revenge of the Fallen.
Adult Written byAnubisDS April 9, 2008
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