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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British indie pop artist who appeared on Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy album, was co-produced with Ben Baptie.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. 100
    A dazzling follow up to ‘Apricot Princess’, Rex Orange County’s third studio album is a total delight.
  2. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    A beautiful new offering, ‘Pony’ is equal parts heart wrenching and hopeful, and shows Rex back at his very finest.
  3. 85
    Rex’s true feelings have been told marvellously within this sonic journal. 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.
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 24, 2019
    80
    The personal trauma behind pony was evidently tough, but hope has rarely sounded so fresh. [Dec 2019, p.110]
  5. Nov 4, 2019
    75
    I think there’s room for “alternative hip-hop” in the mix, not everything in rap needs to be swaggering cock grabbing male posturing, and the difference between a rapper who sings and a singer who raps has diminished greatly. That doesn’t mean “Pony” is going to take the place of all-time classics like Organized Konfusion in my rotation, but it does mean that I can see a more open-minded interpretation of rap music as not necessarily destroying hip-hop music and culture. Rex Orange County has his place too.
  6. Oct 25, 2019
    70
    They work best as intimate revelations about his own experience and never achieve the level of universal pop standard that his forebears made their stock and trade. Nonetheless, there are a few memorable moments here in the cheeky, synth pop-influenced "Never Had the Balls" and the orchestral R&B groover "It Gets Better." Both songs make good on O'Connor's developing talent, and prove he has the ability to translate his quirky, wordy aesthetic into the occasional hooky anthem.
  7. Oct 25, 2019
    50
    Rex Orange County isn’t Frank Ocean; he stacks vast emotional weight on predictable, inoffensive songs until they buckle like wire shelving. Pony is simplistic, clueless, subtlety-free.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 27, 2019
    10
    Sporting 10 tightly-crafted pop tunes without an ounce of fat to be found, Rex Orange County's latest is just as impressive and compellingSporting 10 tightly-crafted pop tunes without an ounce of fat to be found, Rex Orange County's latest is just as impressive and compelling during its bouts of irrepressible effervescence as its more soulfully melancholic moments, never losing sight of Alexander O'Connor's signature whimsical charm that the album all but overflows with.

    Choice Cuts: "Always", "Laser Lights", "It's Not the Same Anymore"
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  2. Oct 28, 2019
    10
    this is definitely alex's best album, the musicianship is original and the album has a flow that doesn't get sick
  3. Oct 26, 2019
    10
    On "Pony", Rex Orange County showcases his songwriting skills while reflecting on how he's been feeling and how his life has changed in recentOn "Pony", Rex Orange County showcases his songwriting skills while reflecting on how he's been feeling and how his life has changed in recent years. It's funny to think that Pitchfork gave this album a 5.0/10 and called it "simplistic, clueless, subtlety-free" when it is Rex Orange County's most personal work so far. Pitchfork also said that "Rex Orange County isn't Frank Ocean" and with it I totally agree; Rex Orange County is Rex Orange County. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2019
    9
    The newest project from Rex Orange County rings of his pop and indie anthems, both the same and different from his past albums. Pony’s songs,The newest project from Rex Orange County rings of his pop and indie anthems, both the same and different from his past albums. Pony’s songs, such as Always and Pluto Projector show clear similarities to songs like 4 Seasons and Edition, with the same soulful melody. Overall the album shows how Rex has progressed, and the clear sign of good things to come. Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2019
    9
    "Pony" is an album of introspection and reflection. I found it funny that Pitchfork called Rex a Frank Ocean wannabe, because I think this is"Pony" is an album of introspection and reflection. I found it funny that Pitchfork called Rex a Frank Ocean wannabe, because I think this is Rex's "Blonde". Atmospheric and introspective, this album touches on what made the last two years rough for Rex, and I think he was able to blend pop catchiness with rich production and lyricism. While the short length and interludes do throw a bit of a speedbump into this record, it's nothing that detracts too much from the overall experience.

    BEST TRACKS: Always, Laser Lights, Never Had the Balls, It's Not the Same Anymore
    WORST TRACK: Every Way (if I had to pick one)

    Score: 9.5/10
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  6. Oct 29, 2019
    8
    I love it! It has such a sweet tone throughout the album and keeps the listeners attention, even at it's lower points. I can see myselfI love it! It has such a sweet tone throughout the album and keeps the listeners attention, even at it's lower points. I can see myself revisiting this a lot in the future, Rex has yet to disappoint me. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2019
    7
    It's not inovattive it sounds like a typical Rex Orange county song it's not what I was expecting specially when I waited a year for a newIt's not inovattive it sounds like a typical Rex Orange county song it's not what I was expecting specially when I waited a year for a new album but it's pretty ok it's like a bunch of new house sound a like songs Expand

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