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Soundbite: Kim Petras – TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1



I’ve never been much of a pop person — give me Pig Destroyer or Peach Pit over Katy Perry or Pink any day of the week. What I am, however, is a spooky person, and Kim Petras’ TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 promised me spine-tingling songs sure to prickle the skin on the back of my neck. It didn’t.

This album, clearly created for the sole purpose of cashing in on the capitalism that is Halloween, isn’t a far stretch from Petras’ usual music — dreamy synth pop with the same basslines, the same drum beats, the same slightly raspy voice that can be heard in all artists similar to her (Olivia O’Brien, Billie Eilish). The only difference is the content — or perhaps just word choice.

With song titles like “Tell Me It’s a Nightmare” and “Boo! Bitch!” as well as a guest appearance by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, you’d think the album would be more mysterious than monotonous. It’s not. Spook fans, don’t waste your time. Go turn on “Spooky Scary Skeletons” instead.

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