Orville Peck - Pony
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #199 / 737
User Score
Based on 402 ratings
2019 Ratings: #148
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March 22, 2019 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
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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.

The Line of Best Fit

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

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

im sorry but i literally forgot this album was playing for like a solid three songs
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

If you can get me, a hater of country, to actually tolerate your genre, then props to you dude.

Okay, it's "Alt-Country", but that still counts right? Orville Peck may very well be the reincarnation of Elvis Presley, for his influential-sounding mood and his deep, velvety voice. The blend of personal vignette and over-arching metaphor presented on this record shows a complete understanding of the music landscape of today, and shows total determination in the evolution of its ... read more

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
His voice is amazing, and I love hearing such a classic sounding country voice singing about queer relationships. The first five songs really flow well together, 'Buffalo Run' has a nice momentum about it. If my voice were like his, I would also make this style of music because he sounds perfect and timeless. It reminds me of artists like Toby Keith, but his lyricism and ability to stretch out sections into spacious ballads make it an exciting and fresh country record! He also seems attractive, ... 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