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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the masked outlaw cowboy singer-songwriter was self-produced.
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  1. Mar 22, 2019
    90
    Whether it be pushing past the anxieties of sitting still with no particular sense of home, both in a figurative and literal sense, or even the bittersweet memories of failed relationships, Peck’s desires are timeless and unveiled for all to cherish and cry to.
  2. 85
    Some tracks sound like Elvis ballads drowned out by faulty styluses and retro sound systems. Others are breathy song-cycles of gospel folk. For all the rich breeze and slinking Tarantino guitars in "Hope To Die", the track more resembles an ‘80s Mazzy Star-era shoegaze piece for the country purists to languish on. With Pony, Orville Peck has put himself in the boxing ring for his own ’68 Comeback Special.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 21, 2019
    80
    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. [May 2019, p.33]
  4. Mar 22, 2019
    80
    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.
  5. Apr 1, 2019
    80
    What Peck provides on Pony is music framed in that mould, and in doing so offers 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.
  6. Mar 21, 2019
    70
    Tracks like "Roses Are Falling" and "Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)" are solid entries to the classic country canon of Glen Campbell and Loretta Lynn, while his impressive vocal range helps keep the album varied. His breathy croon drives erotic lovers' ballad "Big Sky," while his formidable belted falsetto elevates "Winds Change" beyond mere Smiths pastiche.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 21, 2019
    60
    What Pony can't disguise is its influences: Orbison, Presley and Morrissey at their most doleful and camp, channelled through a similarly luscious baritone. [May 2019, p.91]
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  1. Mar 30, 2019
    7
    Really interesting new artist. He has a really decent voice but is at times a little bit thin. I wish he would branch out more it somethingReally interesting new artist. He has a really decent voice but is at times a little bit thin. I wish he would branch out more it something like rock n' roll but I guess he will just to country music. And I really wish the song "Old river" was a full length song. The record was alright but because of his potential I will give him a 7. Expand