Dowsing are back with a new full length. As expected, it pretty damn good. Given how consistently good this band has been, the big question is how does I Don’t Even Care Anymore stack up to their past work? It’s got a lot to live up to, especially after how great It’s Still Pretty Terrible was. The good news is that is stacks up pretty well. If I’m honest though, nothing on this record instantly jumped out at me the way the last record did. It’s not that the record is bad. Quite the contrary. I Don’t Even Care Anymore is really quite good. There was just something missing for me at first listen. I guess, for me, this record is a grower.
The main reason for my lukewarm feelings toward the record is that it’s very similar to their previous full length. That makes sense. Why change things if you have a sound that works? It made the experience harder for me though. I was constantly drawing parallels to the old instead of focusing on the new. That’s a shitty excuse, I know.
Objectively, everything you would expect on a Dowsing record is here. They aren’t breaking any new ground here. They continue doing the poppy indie/emo they are so adept at playing. Of course it’s good. It’s just kind of a no-brainer. Similar to the newest Dads’ EP, I think the hype on this got a little out of control. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this record is good. Is it as essential as It’s Still Pretty Terrible? Maybe. Only time will tell.