The White Room is about a crazy, tumultuous love story. The story goes from acknowledging the chaotic nature of a relationship, to regretting that a relationship ended, to feeling angry, and then finally getting over the relationship and finding a new one. It's a story that comes full circle, from one love to the next. How Veltz managed to tell the whole story of a relationship in just 5 songs is amazing. It took Taylor Swift 16 tracks with Red, and she's Taylor Swift.
The song "Round" is fittingly the first track of the five song collection, because it introduces the chaotic and back and forth nature of the relationship. Lyrically, and vocally, it's one of the best songs on the EP, if not the best song. The way the song sounds reflects the lyrics, with the acoustic guitar, the background effects, and Veltz's vocals all adding a slightly dizzying element to the song. Co-written with Jeff Pardo, "Round" is beautifully written, and effectively conveys the relationship and its craziness, but also the beauty that was in it as well.
One of Veltz's strengths as an artist is her clear, pure voice. Showed most prominently in the next track, "Home to You," Veltz's voice is angelic. The song is a difficult one to sing, and Veltz does such interesting things with her voice. On top of all of that, it was recorded live, emphasizing the perfection of her voice. Lyrically "Home to You" is the angriest song on the record, written solely by Veltz. Her excellent voice is the star of the show again on the next track. "Kiss Him Goodbye" is the 'getting over you' part of the relationship, and this is also the most pop influenced track on the EP. "Hey boy / do ya wanna save my Friday night?" is the main line on this sultry song, and it adds a more conversational element.
Happiness shows up in "Long Time Coming," for the first and only time. Happy love songs are overrated, I think, but sometimes they just work perfectly. This song is a breath of fresh air, from the heaviness of the other tracks. It brings the story back to the beginning, back to the easy, light feeling of a brand new, and healthy, relationship after one like the relationship this EP was inspired by.
Allison Veltz independently funded this record, and raised $4,500 more than she asked for. No label, just great music that was waiting and needed to be heard. Sometimes, great music prevails. With The White Room, Veltz had the opportunity to give her fans more music, but also really figure out who she wants to be as an artist, and what she wants her music to sound like. This EP was written and produced by Veltz, and she had control over everything. This EP is her. And I know that I, and many other people, love what she has done with it.
Best tracks: Round, Home to You
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns