Unfortunately, the “House Building Theme” is still not included.
If there’s one thing Red Dead Redemption 2 has in spades, it’s atmosphere. The music of RDR2 plays no small part in cultivating that atmosphere, and as of today, you can find The Music Of Red Dead Redemption 2: Original Score on all major digital music platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.
It’s important to note that this is the score to RDR2. The soundtrack album was made available on digital music platforms last month (like Apple Music and Spotify), and it features the brilliant “That’s The Way It Is” by Daniel Lanois and “Cruel, Cruel World” by Willie Nelson. Today’s release focuses on the “haunting strings and atmospheric guitars” (LA Times) that color the Western landscape of RDR2. The music of Grand Theft Auto V was released in a similar fashion: there is one album for its soundtrack and another for its score.
The score of RDR2 may not be full of hits, but it does provide ambiance. Through 22 tracks, antique violins, mandolins, and lush bass notes will make your room swell with the spirit of the Old West. You can practically feel the tumbleweeds blowing through your speakers. Longtime Rockstar music collaborator Woody Jackson (L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto V) leads the way on the score of RDR2, but he receives help from a wide range of artists and musicians from around the world, including Arca, Colin Stetson, Senyawa, David Ferguson, Jon Theodore and more.
However, as good as this release is, you should be prepared for a bit of disappointment. When the soundtrack album released last month, the omission of the “House Building Theme” from the epilogue mission “A New Jerusalem” caused a lot of frustration. Many couldn’t understand why such a fun and catchy song wouldn’t be included. Unfortunately, it is not included in this score album either, and it looks like that feeling of frustration will continue. You’ll just have to build another house in order to hear it again.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One.