by Sydney Worrell
Tha Kyd Is All Grown Up
The Broken Hearts Club just got a few more members after the release of Sydney Bennett’s new album. On April 8, Syd (as she is known professionally) dropped Broken Hearts Club, her second solo album after years of creating music with popular alt-R&B band The Internet. Although Broken Hearts Club does not stray far from her familiar style, the album features more lyrical substance than her previous work and clearly represents the positive progress that Syd has made in finding her voice as a solo artist.
Throughout Broken Hearts Club, Syd shows off her creativity and talent for arranging music—an expertise developed in her youth as the DJ for alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future. Strong beats that juxtapose the artist’s soft, airy vocals stand out as the most prominent compositional feature of the album. Although Syd’s music is memorable for its mellow and atmospheric neo-soul style, Broken Hearts Club offers more than just an easy listen.
In thirteen short tracks, Syd tragically develops an ultimately unsuccessful relationship. Starting with the crush stage in “Tie the Knot” and falling in love in “Sweet”, the album hits a transition point with song “No Way” as the artist’s constant traveling strains her relationship. Heartbreak follows in “BMHWDY” and acceptance concludes the album in track “Missing Out,” which cathartically resolves with the closing line “Bet you want me now, yeah,” leaving the music to fade out and the listener to reflect… probably on how fantastic the album was.
Sydney Worrell is a freshman in the SFS studying Culture and Politics. Her name only makes her slightly biased.