Red Dead Redemption 2 is without a doubt one of the best story driven video games to release in 2019. Even more memorable then the games cinematic story was its beautiful soundtrack composed by Woody Jackson. The soundtrack is a mixture of country, folk and pop starring multiple acclimated artist, many I was unfamiliar with and will be listening to because of their additions to the soundtrack. I was actually caught off guard by the release of this, I was randomly looking at the gaming soundtracks on Spotify and noticed the RDR2 soundtrack out of the blue and proceeded to play it. Saddle up, brush your horse and shine your spurs cause this is my thoughts on the Red Dead Redemption 2 Soundtrack.
The soundtrack starts with “Unshaken” by D’Angelo. This is probably my favorite song from the whole soundtrack, I just love the R&B blend with country and rock, this is a beautiful song that showcases the elegant voice of D’Angelo. We then pickup with “Moonlight” sung by Daniel Lanois, Daryl Johnson, Darryl Hatcher and Joseph Maize. It is a very beautiful song, mainly humming but this is that around the campfire music. Daniel Lanois continues the soundtrack with “That’s The Way It Is.” This beautifully sung song is played towards the games finally as Arthur Morgan comes to peace with who he is by the players choices throughout the story mode. “Mountain Finale” by Mr. Lanois is the song played during your epic embark to help John Marston escape from Dutch and Micah, eventually leading to a battle between Arthur and Micah where the player gets their ending. “Crash of Worlds” is the song that follows as Arthur Morgan lays on the mountain and peacefully or violently passes away. “Cruel World” is a country song by country legend Willie Nelson with a very nice rhyme to it. This was a great song from The Highwaymen legend.
“Red” by Daniel Lanois to me feels like a nod to the character Red Harlow from Red Dead Revolver, the game that started the western open world series back in 2004. “Mountain Hymn” by Rhiannon Giddens is a soft sung folk song that was in the main game but it escapes my memory from what section it plays. Giddens continues the soundtrack with “Mountain Banjo”, another very soft sung folk song that of course features a banjo by name. “Table Top” is gambling music, with a guitar rift and great focus on thrill of risking it all for high stakes. “Love Come Back” is a electric, rock focused song with pure instruments, no singing. A great song with a magnificent showcasing of strings and drums. “Oh My Lovely” follows after the “Love Come Back” and honestly sounds like the song never concludes, these two songs are very well put together and I highly enjoyed both. Josh Homme’s folk song “Cruel World” concludes the soundtrack. The song itself is lighthearted yet dark from the lyrics written, it is a very good song to conclude a classic gaming soundtrack.
In my wholesome opinion this is a western soundtrack that is just as beautiful as Tombstone. My favorite songs are “Unshaken”, “Crash Of Worlds” and both versions of “Cruel World.” This soundtrack makes me wanna boot up Red Dead and relive the wonderful and detailed open world all over again. I think the only thing left is for you to ride into the wild west with D’Angelo.