OK Cowboy - Vitalic
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. What makes OK Cowboy worthwhile is not a greater emphasis on the chilly tones that made Vitalic’s initial singles so impressive and characterized some of his savage DJ sets, but the demonstration of a surprising degree of variety and even humanity within those seemingly narrow colonnades of rising and whiplash synths over soulless, mechanical drums.
  2. This is an album that leaves you in absolutely no doubt that, at the very least, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas is the best thing to come out of France since Daft Punk. [30 Apr 2005, p.63]
  3. Beyond the grooves etched in this record, what is most exciting is the ease with which Arbez brushes aside the canon of 90s giants.
  4. A tour de force of infectious acid techno and head-rush-inducing electroclash and, as likely as not, this year's essential dance purchase.
  5. A record that's in the same league as Homework or Discovery.
  6. 83
    While Vitalic may add little to electronic music or its various subgenres, he interweaves effortlessly their prevailing styles into complex arrangements that are neither kinked-up innovation nor neutered homage.
  7. 80
    Arbez not only shatters the risible notion that dance music is currently unwell, he also presents thrilling new ways of approaching pop, folk and rock'n'roll. [May 2005, p.100]
  8. 80
    You could buy this album just for "Poney Part 1," and really, it'd be worth it. [Jun 2005, p.81]
  9. OK Cowboy is a full-fledged album, with a satisfying ebb and flow that shows that Arbez's sound has several sides to it.
  10. This debut album took three years to make and could almost be his greatest-hits collection. It's a cracker, too; all clean, punchy metal beats and blistering, drunken synth lines in the finest italo-disco style.
  11. Listening to it from start to finish is so bracing it's overwhelming; it sounds like what it would feel like to drink six cups of black coffee chased down with a bucket of ice water.
  12. A wicked, old-school set of club-ready, throw-your-hands-up electronica. [10 Mar 2006, p.69]
  13. Turns out that OK Cowboy is a good deal like the better house sets you’ll hear at a take-your-pick hot-house European club: pretty exhilarating, though once you’re licking the dry salt off your partner’s cheek you realize that only parts of it are truly inspiring, though all of it was pretty hottt.
  14. A sound thrumming with bold analogue synthesizers and beefy rock drums. [#254, p.67]
  15. Sound[s] like out-takes from [Daft Punk's] Discovery. [Jun 2005, p.118]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. CramerC
    Jul 28, 2006
    10
    so deeply high!
  2. Jan 28, 2013
    8
    With highlights like: "My Friend Dario, The Past, Poney Part 1, Newman and La Rock 01", Vitalic proves that he knows what he's doing. OKWith highlights like: "My Friend Dario, The Past, Poney Part 1, Newman and La Rock 01", Vitalic proves that he knows what he's doing. OK Cowboy is a marvelous, riveting experience. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Jan 30, 2012
    8
    While most electronic music is just bland and repetitive, OK Cowboy is well developed and unexpected.