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Olivia Rodrigo Enters Her Horror-Pop Era with ‘Vampire’ (Review)

Olivia Rodrigo is out for blood. Believe it or not, she hasn’t released music in two years. During that time, she lived life and wrote about it. Now, she enters her horror-pop era with the fangy, blood-dripping “Vampire.”

What begins on light, airy piano quickly erupts into a flashy Rocky Horror Picture Show showstopper. “I used to think I was smart, but you made me look so naive,” she wails. “The way you sold me for parts, as you sunk your teeth into me, oh / Bloodsucker, famef***er.”

Rodrigo scatters musical fragments across the floor, adeptly gliding from big-voice bravado to intimate confessional. Her voice has never sounded so damn good. “You said it was true love, but wouldn’t that be hard,” she sings. “You can’t love anyone / Cuz that would mean you had a heart.”

For the accompanying visual, directed by Petra Collins, Rodrigo puts on a big production. Fog seeps from the ground, and her bold, red lip glistens in the silver moonlight. Grasping a vintage microphone, the singer sinks her teeth into the words and reduces her pain to a chilling metaphor around one of the greatest figures in horror literature. “Bleeding me dry like a goddamn vampire,” she ends the chorus with a sharp, deep puncture wound.

Check out the video below.

“Vampire” anchors Rodrigo’s forthcoming Dan Nigro-produced second album, Guts, out September 8. 

For me, this album is about growing pains and trying to figure out who I am at this point in my life,” Rodrigo shared in a press release. “I feel like I grew 10 years between the ages of 18 and 20—it was such an intense period of awkwardness and change. I think that’s all just a natural part of growth, and hopefully, the album reflects that.”

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