Transformers: The Album

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Decent rock mix, but not much from the movie.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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).

User Reviews

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Adult Written byAnubisDS April 9, 2008
Adult Written byshotgunsean April 9, 2008
I thought transformers was better then i thougnt it was going to be . It was action packed.Had a good story line.Considering some language used.The violene in i... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 23, 2020

Ok for a 7 year old

Good music from the 2007 film
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 12, 2009

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'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?

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).

Talk to your kids 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?

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