Bay's musical style
Starting around Pearl Harbor, his movies have had a much heavier rhythmic score instead of a thematic/melodic one. I wonder if this is because he had full control over the way his films were scored by this point in his career or if he just had a change in taste. Personally I'm not a huge fan of this switch. With Jablonsky, he still gets some good rock/melodic themes going. But the biggest example to me is Bad Boy vs Bad Boys 2. I thought BB2 was visually spectacular but the lack of a strong musical theme really weakened the film. Bad Boys 1 had a great theme by the guy that did Speed. TransFormers was OK, but nothing great musically. I think Bay believes his filmmaking and visuals are so strong that the score should be complementary and purely background. But in some cases, like BB2, I really feel like the score was a mess that took away from what was generally a very strong action film. If anything, BB2 needed something to bring all the craziness back to center, and it didn't have that musically.
TF2 trailers suggest more of the same rhythmic stuff. Anyone else feel like this is one area where Bay's filmmaking is a bit weak? Island had one or two great tracks, I Am Lincoln is a classic IMO, but overall the score also felt kind of flat. Anyway, just some thoughts. I hope TransFormers 2 gets a couple good score pieces as opposed to the heavy military percussion in the teaser trailers. My favorite Bay films for music were Armageddon and The Rock, some of the best action scores around.