Rex Orange County - Pony
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #390 / 634
User Score
Based on 485 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1022
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October 25, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

He's spoken of feeling trapped and frustrated, but the 21-year-old wunderkind has channelled his struggles into a jubilant collection of hope-laced tunes.

90
DIY

A beautiful new offering, ‘Pony’ is equal parts heart wrenching and hopeful, and shows Rex back at his very finest.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Through his own unique artistry, Rex has created an album that is wonderfully creative. This third album cements his status as a nascent national treasure.

80
Gigwise

His previous self-released work featured a lot of youthful optimism, and Pony is a matured evolution of this. He’s successfully maintained his signature spirited and upbeat sound but delivered it in a fresh and un-sickly package.

80
Clash

It is easily one of the most interesting and exciting pop records of the year.

80
Highsnobiety

He’s redrew his own boundaries and added new dimensions to his repertoire without sacrificing the sense of intimacy that made his output so compelling in the first place.

80
American Songwriter

His unique pop prosody and production skills, more sophisticated than ever in Pony, foretell that his sound will continue progressing to new creative heights, with the heft of catchy pop music and the inventiveness of its growing indie subgenre.

70
AllMusic

Both likeable and ambitious, Pony showcases O'Connor's abilities, bringing together emotionally candid lyrics with jazz-informed arrangements, accented with horns, strings, and even a children's choir.

60
The Guardian

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter lays out his struggles with commitment and fake friends over hip-hop inflected nerdy piano pop.

60
The Observer

Pony meanders, seemingly uncertain of its purpose, but Rex Orange County retains enough charm and honesty to remain engaging while he figures himself out.

50
Pitchfork

The 21-year-old songwriter’s latest album is irritating enough to activate the mildest allergy to sincerity.

50
The Needle Drop

The production and vocal performances on Pony are considerable steps down from Rex Orange County's previous efforts.

Toasterqueen12
79
You know what? I'll take it! It's not Apricot Princess good, but I knew it wasnt going to be. Nothing will ever flip that very spesific switch in my brain that, that album flipped. This album is chill and I like it. Thats good enough for me!

We have some good bangers here like 10/10 (I was completely wrong about that song btw, it's really good.) And then we have the second half of the album whitch is more slow and chill. And while it works on songs like "Pluto Projector" songs like ... read more
knewnie
69
god hes cute
KingKRoolisBack
70
Sometimes tells me deep inside that this will probably be better than Frank Ocean’s new record

Best Tracks: 10/10, Always, Laser Lights, Pluto Projector, It gets better, Stressed Out, It’s not the same anymore

Worst Tracks: Face to Face
WhatTheFunk
52
Ugh... this cover.... That parental advisory logo looks so hilarious placed next to such an innocent face.

"I Never Had the Balls", forgive me, it's not me, it's the "explicit content" of Alex O'Connor, aka Rex Orange County. He has just released his second album, "Pony". And he's the kind of musician who, as they say, has everything for him. Trained in a specialized school, where the singers Amy Winehouse and Adele, among others, passed by, he plays all the ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
87
Alexander O'Conner, better known as Rex Orange County, is a british singer-songwriter, and he has been one of my favorite artists for over the last month or so. I was introduced to him through his attributions to Tyler The Creator's fourth studio album, Flower Boy, on the songs "Forward" and "Boredom". and I decided to check out his own music because I noticed that @Toasterqueen12 gave his second album, Apricot Princess, a 10/10, and after that, I was instantly sucked in. ... read more
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Track List

  1. 10/10
  2. Always
  3. Laser Lights
  4. Face To Face
  5. Stressed Out
  6. Never Had the Balls
  7. Pluto Projector
  8. Every Way
  9. It Gets Better
  10. It's Not the Same Anymore
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Added on: September 19, 2019