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Rex Orange County


Third album from the 21-year-old English indie pop artist Alex O’Connor who appeared on Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy album

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  1. 10.0 |   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
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    Equal parts heart wrenching and hopeful
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Lays bare human vulnerabilities with colour and beauty
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  4. 8.0 |   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
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  5. 8.0 |   The Music

    O'Connor pulls us into his head with highly engaging and relatable lyrics
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    It is easily one of the most interesting and exciting pop records of the year
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  7. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    The return of Rex Orange County is full of heartfelt honesty and his signature electro-pop
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    The personal trauma behind pony was evidently tough, but hope has rarely sounded so fresh. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Hampshire native’s third album features lyrics that are romantic and melodies that are embellished by horn and string arrangements
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  10. 6.0 |   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
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  11. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Shining talent is undeniable but sporadic
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The 21-year-old singer-songwriter lays out his struggles with commitment and fake friends over hip-hop inflected nerdy piano pop
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  13. 5.0 |   Pitchfork

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