Check out Greg Fristick's review of Sydney Sherwood's EP, Headspace.
18-year-old singer/songwriter Sydney Sherwood is set to release her sophomore
EP, Headspace, on February 27, 2021. The EP consists of 6 fantastic tracks that
Sydney wrote during the current pandemic. Headspace was co-written and
produced by Daughtry guitarist, Brian Craddock, at The Cat Room Studio in
I’ll start off by saying that I typically don’t review albums that fall in this genre of
music. However, something about this EP resonated with me and I was instantly
hooked. Since this isn’t my forte, bear with me while I go over the songs
The opening track, Wolves, is a steady rock track that is packed full of raw
emotion. Sydney’s vocals shine throughout this opening track, but really reign
supreme on the catchy chorus and the hooky bridge section of the song.
Track 2, Let Me Down, is an acoustic driven track that has a bit of a country vibe to
it. Dissecting the lyrics leads me it seems as if it about a troubled relationship of
some sort. The lyrics on this track are also super catchy as Sydney sings “I only
picked you up. You only let me down” as well as “You threw my heart around.”
Next up is the first single from the EP, Creep. The track is a personal account of
what it feels like to live with anxiety. On the lyrics to Creep, Sydney says “My main
goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you
have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or
you can overcome that fear.” This is probably my favorite track on the EP and was
definitely a great choice to be the lead single. You can check out the video for
Born to Roll is up next. This track has a slight bluesy grove to it. Once again,
Sydney captures me with the hooky chorus and amazing vocal melody. Sydney
shows off a bit more of her amazing vocal range on this track which is a pleasant
Track 5 on the EP is Horizons Edge. Another acoustic track, Sydney again shines
vocally. This song is so beautifully arranged. I could definitely see this song being a
future single and quite possibly a chart topper if the song is heard by the right
people. Huge kudos on this one, Sydney!
Closing out the EP is All The Aces. This track is another bluesy oriented track that
could be played across several platforms including top 40, rock/alternative, and
country. As with every song on the EP, this song doesn’t disappoint and Sydney
delivers once again with amazing melodies and the ever important hook that
makes a song shine.
In closing, I’d like to say that although this isn’t my go-to genre, Sydney has a
bright future ahead of her. Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let any one
change who you are.