I shot a horse thief in the sternum 7 times, delivered flowers to a corpse, saved a prostitute from being murdered then rode a mine cart to glory. Now I’m not saying I’m a 25 year-old who plays video games……I’m not. But in the case of Red Dead Redemption, I am willing to say I’m a 25 year-old who holds reverence when digging his spurs into his trusty steed and riding into sunsets. But this game has some truly incredible music. It’s ambience and the unexpected contributing artists will make you yelp with surprised delight.
There was a part in the game when I first arrived in Mexico, and my auburn horse and I were riding down a dawn lit canyon, that José González sang our clandestine entrance hauntingly. It was one of those moments that make you shiver. Other contributions from folks like Jamie Lidell, Ashtar Command and William Elliot Whitmore, along with the compositions by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson will all repeatedly knock your socks off. Skip the game if you must, but do buy the soundtrack. It’s absolutely amazing stuff.