"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Soundtrack Album Review
Music By Brian Tyler
Atlantic Records Digital
17 Tracks/Disc Time: 73:34
After a series of films in the early 1990's, a hit television cartoon series that lasted for a long time starting in 1988 along with a reboot animated series and a full length animated film reboot in 2007, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has made a triumphant return both on the small and big screen. This Michael Bay produced version directed by Jonathan Liebsman ("Battle: Los Angeles, "Darkness Falls" takes place in a version of New York City where Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The city's future is very grim until four unlikely outcast brothers Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphel (featuring the voice of Jackass' Johnny Knoxville) lead by their surrogate rodant father, Splinter (voiced by Tony Shaloub, "Monk") rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles soon begin to work and trust a fearless reporter named April O'Neil (Megan Fox, "Transformers") and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett, "Arrested Developement") to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.
Director Jonathan Liebsman has worked with composer Brian Tyler in the past on his films including "Darkness Falls" and "Battle: Los Angeles" to name a few and it was really a no brainer that Tyler would be the man to bring back the musical coolness of the legacy of the Ninja Turtles. With scores such as the marvellous "Iron Man 3", "Thor: The Dark World" and "The Expendables", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is definitely a score that is action packed, it is thematic and fun much like these scores are and have been of late for Tyler, who's regained the consistant thematic adrenaline sound that propelled him to the A-list ten years ago and has not looked back since.
Opening with the operatic and mystery laden beats that begin the harrowing adventure that is to come on the album's opening track "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" that becomes a rhythmic and driving musical force that is the score's main theme complete with a lovely chorus and would follow with the track "Adolescent Genetically Alterered Shinobi Terrapins" that follow in the same vein and establish even more of the score's wonderful thematic material along with memorable tracks such as "Rise Of The Four", "Origins", "Brotherhood". and "TMNT March", which is the main theme introduced early on this album and closes the album and a high charged powerful finish till the next TMNT film. The rest of the score is a powerful of dynamic set pieces are very grandiose and what makes this score so good as compared to most of the other summer blockbuster scores released. Highlighted by the adrenaline charged thematic material of "Splinter Vs. Shredder", "Turtles United", , "Shredder", "The Foot Clan", ""Shellacked", "Adrenaline" and "Cowabunga" that really showcase Tyler's gift for great action licks and creating solid musical themes that continually build up to something special and with exciting gusto all the way throughout.
This soundtrack album which sadly is only a download at this point in time features some of Tyler's best work that really plays out like an extended symphony that he's created and began with "Iron Man 3" that features his most engaging and electric material that you can almost say that each score has an interchangable part that fits perfectly with in the other scores he's written of late and they all work on all cylanders. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is an exciting work, but not Tyler's greatest work that honor would have to go to "Children Of Dune". I have respect and admire it as some of the best music he's written during this great run he's going through right now and I truly commend him. Very strong thumbs up for this fine return for TMNT.