Orville Peck - Pony
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #207 / 770
User Score
Based on 457 ratings
2019 Ratings: #160
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

Though he may seem like an unknowable phenomenon on the surface, Peck’s appearance simply acts as a welcome mat; his words throughout Pony intensely reflect realities, emotions and experiences tied to what many others have faced.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Despite its masked obscurity, it’s the tenderness that wins the fight.

80
Northern Transmissions

Though he doesn’t always bring the hooks to match his ambitious performance, Peck never misses a chance to hook you into his voice.

80
Loud and Quiet

The same fine balance between homage and parody is displayed in the music. As conventionalised as the lyrics, ‘Pony’ is dominated by the country-pop of the 1960s.

80
AllMusic

His talent is as impressive as his ideas are smart and unexpected, and this is one of the best and most fascinating debuts from an alt-country-adjacent artist in a very long time.

80
Clash

A brilliant palate cleanser to the vast majority of overblown, raucous and vapid compositions that have taken over the genre over the course of the last three decades or so.

70
Exclaim!

There's an ever-crowded field of cowboys (of all genders) making their way through independent music these days, but Peck's striking imagery sets him apart.

MarkCooper
77

Orville Peck's Pony is a surreal cowboy country album lined with drifter lyrics and 80's heartthrob production. It makes for a very unique and enjoyable album, with a sound like if Twin Peaks took place in rural Utah. Sometimes the instrumentation can be a bit sparse for its own good, but overall I'm surprised at how much I'm in the mood for this. A lot of elements involved in Orville Peck give him the stats of a gimmick artist with a novelty album. But a pleasant surprise is it doesn't feel or ... read more

notbuzzzila
100

EDIT 2 (10/15/19): MASTERPIECE / PERFECT

I know I give a lot of albums really high ratings. I know Pony isn't a masterpiece to most of you. I know some of you consider it kind of boring, and I know that this won't be anyone's favorite country album of all time. But personally...well, you can read the score, as well as the two reviews that preceded this edit. Not only does this keep growing on me, but I think it might be a 10. I'm doing that thing I always do and keeping it at 99 before taking ... read more

HoodieBraden
60

Listening to this album is somewhat underwhelming for me because I know that Peck has so much incredible potential yet can't crank out a great cohesive project. There are a couple of great songs here but they are mostly overshadowed by the mediocre material that surrounds them. I don't hate this record though. In fact, it's a solid overall debut. I just think that, considering there are not many artists experimenting with the tiresome formula of country music, Peck has an advantage over his ... read more

taara
80

Good album but really lags in the middle. The tracks are still mostly good but the overall pacing is off.

gingersmeow
100

Além de ser um tremendo gostosão, Orville Peck trouxe um álbum orgânico que dá orgulho aos veteranos do country. Queria dizer uma música ruim que tem no disco, mas Orville não teve tamanha audácia de cometer esse ato, todas as músicas são perfeitas.

ferreira
82

Sendo um gênero majoritariamente dominado por homens cis heterossexuais, o country foi por anos considerado sinônimo de estereótipos conservadores, colaborando com a disseminação desses na indústria musical. Graças a artistas como Dolly Parton, com o passar do tempo, esses padrões começaram a ser lentamente destruídos, inspirando pessoas de todas as formas ao redor do mundo. Um exemplo claro disso é a ascensão de ... read more

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Track List

  1. Dead of Night
  2. Winds Change
  3. Turn to Hate
  4. Buffalo Run
  5. Queen of the Rodeo
  6. Kansas (Remembers Me Now)
  7. Old River
  8. Big Sky
  9. Roses Are Falling
  10. Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)
  11. Hope to Die
  12. Nothing Fades Like the Light
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Added on: January 16, 2019