The score was released with Lakeshore Records and composed by noted Rockstar collaborator Woody Jackson, whose previous work includes Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto V, and Max Payne 3. He also worked on additional music for the first season of the country music drama Nashville. Jackson tapped an impressive group of artists and producers to help him craft the score, including Venezuelan artist Arca (who's produced music for Kanye West, FKA twigs, and Frank Ocean), Indonesian experimental band Senyawa, country music engineer David Ferguson, and former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore.
The score captivated us so much we dedicated a chunk of our review (opens in new tab)to it: "A word – alright, several gushing sentences – on the music. Woody Jackson has done a sensational job on the soundtrack. The composer has scored every Rockstar title since the original Redemption, and this is his most aurally arousing work yet. The last game was celebrated for several wonderfully judged music moments, the most famous being Marston’s ride into Mexico to Jose Gonzalez’s ‘Far Away’. While the prequel may not have a song that’s as note-perfect as that haunting melody, the tracks that accompany the story’s key moments all work beautifully. As for general background music, Jackson’s score is both electrifying and eclectic. Somehow, it can dovetail between shredding your nerves during a terrifying cave assault involving cannibals, and perking up a scene where your cowboy chums celebrate some successful DIY by downing all the whiskey.
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