Olivia Rodrigo's new album GUTS 'doesn't fit into any mould'

Four tracks from the star’s second album were previewed in a new Vogue cover
Olivia Rodrigo vampire GUTS album song promo

Olivia Rodrigo's upcoming album GUTS doesn't "fit into any mould", her frequent collaborator Dan Nigro has teased.

Olivia, who is challenging for this week's Official Singles Chart Number 1 with the album’s lead single Vampire, a gothic pop banger about a toxic relationship (“blood sucker, fame f*cker”, Olivia spits in the hook), will drop her eagerly anticipated second album on September 8, a little over two years since SOUR debuted.

In a new Vogue cover feature, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter says the album captures a moment in her life that is "about figuring stuff out, about failures and successes and making mistakes".

Written between New York (where Olivia is now based) and LA, GUTS comes to life once again thanks to the close partnership with Nigro, who has also worked on Sky Ferreira’s influential debut Night Time, My Time and the first two albums by fellow Gen Z pop sensation Conan Gray.

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The most exciting portion of the cover sees four un-named tracks from GUTS previewed for the first time, with two “wrenching” cinematic ballads akin to vampire or drivers license, with another “playful” duo perhaps signposting that we can look forward to some higher tempos too. 

One song, in particular, seems of interest; about Olivia’s “ill-advised and irresistible night with an ex” (we’ve all been there, hun). In the feature, the track’s sound is compared to cult dance-punk band Le Tigre, edgy pop queen Charli XCX, and the pop-rock-flavoured Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack. Consider us obsessed already.

Meanwhile, Dan Nigro – who co-wrote and produced Vampire as well as all of Olivia’s debut album Sour – says of the Gen Z superstar: "Olivia can't be anything other than herself. There's never a sense in the studio of her trying to fit into a mold, or sound like anything that anyone might want her to."

There's no doubt that Olivia and Dan's musical collaboration on Sour was a roaring success. Released in 2021, the Grammy-winning album yielded the Number 1 hits Drivers Licence and Good 4 U, plus the Top 10 hits Deja Vu and Traitor. The album has spent an epic 110 weeks and counting on the Official Albums Chart, peaking at Number 1.

Words: Nick Levine

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