Director Michael Bay's big-budget rendering of the '80s cartoon/department store Christmas heroes of the same name goes the superhero/comic book soundtrack route by releasing a separate compilation of songs that either appear in the film for a few seconds or not at all. Transformers: The Album features H.I.M., Disturbed, Taking Back Sunday and the Used, all of whom are taking the highway to the Kenny Loggins danger zone with all of these "music inspired by" collections. Only the Goo Goo Dolls with their trademark midtempo balladry are able to penetrate the alt-metal/post-grunge gloom, providing the giant robots with a weepy American Idol-inspired, post-boot retrospective called "Before It's Too Late" that will find legions of new fans in the middle-school slow-dance circuit.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger