Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.
Logo for The Western Front

Review of Who Cares?, Rex Orange County’s newest album

Who Cares? by Rex Orange County may not be his most original work but it’s still a fun listen

An illustration of the 'Who Cares?' album cover art shows Rex Orange County sitting on the floor with dalmatians, mimicking the original album cover. // Illustration by Milo Openshaw

Rex Orange County’s new album Who Cares? doesn’t contain any new ideas from Alexander O’Connor except for a collaboration with Tyler the Creator returning to his roots, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.

 It’s like Lays chips. Is it what you reach for if you want something exciting? No, but it’s comforting and delicious nonetheless. Another metaphor for you: this album is like a cutie orange. There are a million like it, but it’s sweet and refreshing and bursts in your mouth. (One in a million, haha). 

I saw Rex Orange County when I was in my first years of high school at The Showbox in Seattle. Not the cool one at Pike Place Market– the one that’s just outside of town near the baseball stadium. I was lost in a sea of white middle-class teenagers slowly bobbing in time to Rex Orange County laying it down after the release of his Apricot Princess album, which is my favorite to this day. Whether you like him or not, you’ve got to admit that he’s established his niche for depressed young people.

The songs he writes fit into approximately three categories: 

  1. Battling depressive thoughts

  2. Struggling with lost love

  3. Praising his love

And personally? I don’t think he has to branch out. You don’t need to try new things to be amazing. This album is much of the same background-wise as well– he tends to feature orchestral interludes in all of his music, the occasional saxophone and of course an easy-to-follow beat. He alternates between spoken word (I hesitate to call it rap) and clean simple melodies. 

It’s ideal music to play in the car and sing along to… or to play while you lay on your floor when you need to wonder, “who cares?”

Notable quotables:

“It's not worth it anymore, I feel insane /

And I'm not sure why things change /

What's worth it anymore? /

Am I not the same?”

(Worth it)

“I went out to Amsterdam /

Just so I could givе you some space /

But I kept opеning my door /

Just to see if you would walk through /

But now I'm painting all my walls /

Just to see if you like the shade”

(The shade)

Milo Openshaw

Milo Openshaw (he/him) is the opinions and outreach editor. Again. 

You can reach him on Instagram @miloohno or email him at if you're interested in submitting a creative piece to The Front.

Powered by SNworks Solutions by The State News
All Content © 2024 The Western Front