Review: Released last week to coincide with the season two finale was the original soundtrack for Westworld’s second season. And my isn’t it a treat.
Composer Ramin Djawadi has been one of those music arrangers that has impressed with work on many shows, which include ‘Game Of Thrones’ to name, but a few, but for me, it is his work on Westworld, which continually intrigues and mesmerizes.
The release has a total of 29 tracks, which kick off with the shows opening title sequence, which I often find myself humming. Continuing the trend, which started in season one. Djawadi continues to do instrumental versions of popular music and long may this trend continue. Given the treatment, this time out are songs like ‘Paint It Black’, which was made popular by the Rolling Stones back in the day. We also get a cover of songs by such influential bands as Nirvana and Soundgarden.
We also get a cover of ‘The Entertainer’, which I know as a track that has always been done mostly as a Piano piece and used in such movies as ‘The Sting’. Djawadi makes this particular piece of music more interesting and atmospheric by introducing violins.
During season 2 one of the shows more important episodes was ‘Kiksuya’ which gave us some insight into Ghost Nation leader Akecheta and his awakening with regards to the true nature of his existence. During the sequence where he is walking halls of the Westworld labs, we hear a fantastic piano version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped-Box’.
A favorite track is an oriental twist that the composer does on ‘Paint It Black’, which was heard in the episode ‘Akane No Mai’, which saw Maeve and her followers wind up in a world based around feudal Japan, which shared a very similar narrative with that of Westworld.
Overall. This is a great collection of music from the second series and has all the important music cues and tracks from the show. It’s well worth the purchase and is definitely something that I’ll be listening to again. It’s a musical journey with lots of emotional highs and lows.