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Pony

Orville Peck

Pony

Debut self-produced album from the masked outlaw cowboy singer-songwriter

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Sub Pop
UK Release date
22/03/2019
US Release date
22/03/2019
  1. 9.0 |   The 405

    Though his sound remembers a particular era of country music, Orville Peck’s Pony is sentimentally everlasting, and a tender reminder that a mask can reveal more than it hides
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A queer country triumph
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    Peck's vocals continue to astound, flanked by increasingly subdued and subtle compositions
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  4. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Several songs across the album lean pretty hard into classic country books and your appreciation of those will ultimately override the polish Peck offers
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There’s nothing instrumentally on ‘Pony’ that couldn’t just as easily be performed by late period Elvis or Chris Isaak. What defines them is that they’re played straight and that, regardless of their avowed root in personal history, they rarely expose a chink in Peck’s mysterious persona
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The familiar tropes of nomadic wrangler life are present - trusty steed, blood-red sunsets - but, refreshingly, the masculine cliches are not. Instead, the country-rocker concentrates on intimacy, tenderness and ambiguity. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    With Pony, Orville Peck could probably get over on sheer audacity, but 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
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  8. 7.0 |   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
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  9. 6.5 |   Earbuddy

    Larger than life, Pony is the spaghetti-western of country records
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  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    What Pony can't disguise is its influences: Orbison, Presley and Morrissey at their most doleful and camp, channelled through a similarly luscious baritone. Print edition only

  11. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Orville Peck has his moments, but drowns them in a questionable alter ego, which renders some songs unlistenable
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