Album Review | Fin by Syd

Fin.

In latin, it is a root word that means “an end.” Even more popularly, fin is sometimes placed before the ending credits of a film to signify the conclusion of the story. “An end” implies finality and absolution. Odd Future veteran and The Internet’s lead songstress, Syd, makes a finite statement about herself, as an artist and as an individual, on her debut solo album, Fin.

To me, it was apparent that Fin was her asserting how strong she can be on her own. Her unabashed confidence is shown throughout the entire album–track to track. She starts off the album with the track, Shake it Off, where she states that she will remain unbothered by the haters and will continue to live her life and flourish over a paced, laid back beat. She also touches on how she, a queer woman, has managed to find her place in masculine, male-centered spaces in tracks such as Dollar Bills.

“There’s nothing you can tell me. I’m grown.”

“Don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like the man
And she dancing like she knows I am.”

She continues talking her shit on tracks such as Nothin to Somethin and All About Me. She shares that she has managed to build a successful career and is not shy about stating it plainly. At the same time, she also talks about how she’s struggling with the scrutiny and hyper-visibility that inevitably comes with fame. She mentions that she copes by surrounding herself with the people who were there for her before the spotlight. She only keeps people who have her best interest at heart in her space. She especially touches on this topic in All About Me:

“I lead by my example. I see fame as a nuisance.
I don’t take it for granted but goddammit,
sometimes I can’t stand it.”

“Take care of the family that you came with.
We made it this far and it’s amazing.
People drowning all around me
so I keep my squad around me.”

Syd also shares how she left bad relationships to find contentment with herself. In tracks such as Over (ft. 6lack) and Insecurities, she talks about how she has conjured up enough self-assurance and courage to leave relationships that are not helping her grow. These moments play into the theme of the album: Syd becoming sure of herself and growing into her own.

Not only is Syd unashamed to share how confident and sure she is but she also holds no constraints when it comes to her sensuality. Syd illustrates how she enjoys and is empowered by intimacy through tracks such as Body and Drown In It. Her sensuality is amplified with satin smooth production that flawlessly complements her silky voice. In the track She Got Her Own, Syd also shows that she’s not intimidated by another woman’s confidence. She’s, in fact, turned on by it.

Syd’s bold statements of confidence and sensuality, are in a way, an oxymoron to the production because the instrumentals, themselves, are understated–even the ones that could arguably be played at kickbacks. I don’t find that surprising because Syd, herself, is a subtle person. Even the lightness of her voice signifies that. She’s not one to yell it from the mountaintops but that’s because she doesn’t have to. Her subtleness is alluring all on its own.

With this album, Syd sought to make a statement about her as a person and as a solo artist. With smooth beats, her soothing voice, and charismatic flow, she achieved just that. This album is easily something to vibe to. Syd started off strong with this debut. Hopefully, we can expect more sounds from her as a solo artist.

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