By Allyson Bills
Brooklyn-based Jordan Lane Price is one of many people in show business to simultaneously have careers in both acting and music. The All My Children actress is marking her mark in music by releasing her five-song debut EP, Sponge. Price chose the songs on the EP written by James Levy, a member of LOLAWOLF, that he never used from the early 2000s. Their collaboration has resulted in a pop album very reminiscent of Sky Ferreria.
“In The Woods” is the first track off Sponge, which has a very poppy beginning with whistling in the background. A majority of pop hits are written by males; however, the songs that are typically written by males, in my opinion, lack substance and feeling. On Sponge, Levy’s feelings come out in the songs, which is why I found it hard to believe that a man wrote all the songs for this EP. “In The Woods” talks about how guys are confusing, feelings in which any female is able to relate: “He tells me that he loves me // But I don’t know why // I see him kissing another girl // I go outside.”
The title track “Sponge” best demonstrates Price’s vocal abilities, which almost sounds lo-fi, but smooth at the same time kind of like Lana Del Rey’s. This song is the most organic-sounding one off the EP because of how Price’s voice blends with the synthesizers. However, it would have been nice to see “Sponge” develop a little more by adding another verse and chorus. The song just fades away to the end without much notice to the listener.
“Dance of One” is a song that, one would guess, is a dance song. This is a very typical pop, love song that you can hear on any radio station across the country with lyrics such as “Come on, come on // You’re the chosen son.” This is the only song off the album where there is actually a definitive ending, not an end that fades and leaves the listener confused.
“Golden Wrapper” is the slowest track from the album with atmospheric guitar and no drums. It’s perhaps the most disturbing track lyrically on this EP, as it discusses body image issues very seriously, which again makes it hard to believe a woman did not write this song. Price sings about feeling guilty about eating chocolate: “I won a trip around the world, but the chocolate made me fatter // Yeah, it sucks // Feeling so bad,” which I feel is not a positive message to send to any of her young female fans in our appearance-based society in which we live. For the reasons above, I don’t understand why she chose this song.
The final track off Sponge is “These Days,” another dance song with background noise as part of the chorus. “These Days” is the most catchy song on the album, which makes sense for it being the last track. This is the most uplifting, reassuring pop song off Sponge because Price sings about being better off without a guy and not waiting for him to come around. It’s quite the relief to hear “These Days” after listening to “Golden Wrapper.”
On Sponge, Price doesn’t break new ground with her music. It will be interesting to see what she will be able to accomplish by writing her own songs in the future. One of the positive aspects with the album is that her voice sounds authentic and not overproduced, which is common with (most) female pop singers. A start is a start, and it’s evident with Sponge that Price is working on finding her identity musically.