Red Dead Redemption 2 is a phenomenal game, but perhaps surprisingly, one of its very best aspects is its outstanding soundtrack. The title's music takes it to another level in our humble opinion. Everything from the manic, gritty beats that accompany combat to the heartfelt vocal performances that kick in at certain points in the story, it's without a doubt one of the best soundtracks we've heard this generation.
And now we're starting to see why that is. Rockstar has released a full breakdown of the musicians and producers involved with the score of Red Dead Redemption 2, and it's just end-to-end talent from all over the music and entertainment industries.
The game's official website reads:
The score features additional production and arrangement by Jeff Silverman (Truth and Soul, Aloe Black), with additional musical score and orchestration provided by Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Hereditary), David Ferguson (Johnny Cash's engineer), David Ralicke (Beck, Sons of Anarchy), Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers, True Detective), Luke O'Malley, Mario Batkovic (of Geoff Barrow's Invada), Matt Sweeney (Zwan, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Prince Billy), Rabih Beaini and Senyawa, as well as contributions from over 110 other musicians including Arca (frequent Bjork, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Kelela collaborator), Duane Eddy (Lee Hazlewood protégé), Jon Theodore (former drummer of Mars Volta and current Queens of the Stone Age drummer), Michael Shuman aka Mikey Shoes (Queens of the Stone Age, Mini Mansions) and more.
All of the vocal moments in Red Dead Redemption 2 are produced entirely by Grammy Award-winner Daniel Lanois, known for producing albums for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson as well as collaborating with pioneering musician Brian Eno to produce several albums for U2 including the multi-platinum The Joshua Tree. In addition to Lanois' production, the soundtrack features additional vocal performances from a range of award-winning artists including D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Nas, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, plus an additional track written, produced and performed by David Ferguson. All songs for both the score and soundtrack were created exclusively for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Impressive stuff, and we dread to think how much it all cost.
Fortunately, Rockstar says that it'll have more information to share soon with regards to an official release of the soundtrack. Get that sucker on Spotify, please.