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Rex Orange County - Pony: Album review

Rex Orange County is a name that has become more and more prominent over the past few years.

I have to admit, I hadn’t really given much listening time to the artist until now. Hearing this album is my first real introduction to the singer and songwriter.

Apparently, the name Rex Orange County is based on a nickname given to him by his teacher. His real name is Alexander O’Connor, so his nickname was ‘the OC’ (O’Connor). Some readers might remember ‘The OC’ was also the name of a TV show, short for Orange County in California.

Rex Orange County. Image by Alexandra Waespi. (22884058)
Rex Orange County. Image by Alexandra Waespi. (22884058)

So what about the album? This is the follow-up to his previous album, 2017’s ‘Apricot Princess’ and, well, it’s okay.

It’s sort of a combination of hip hop, jazz, rap and pop. His singing style is very ‘chatty’ – not like singing as such, but more like chanting or rapping.

The vocals are laid down over the tinkling of piano keys, drum machines and a trumpet, clarinet or saxophone thrown in for good measure.

It’s probably a grower. If I had to pick my favourite track it would be track nine ‘It Gets Better’, with its progressive beat and catchy chorus.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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