Fin (Syd album)

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Fin
SydFinAlbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2017
Recorded2015–16
Studio
  • The Loft
  • Haze's Room
  • McCadden Enterprises
  • Rahki’s Room[1]
Genre
Length37:11
LabelColumbia
Producer
Syd chronology
Fin
(2017)
Always Never Home
(2017)
Singles from Fin
  1. "All About Me"
    Released: January 13, 2017
  2. "Body"
    Released: January 24, 2017

Fin is the debut studio album by American R&B singer Syd. It was released on February 3, 2017, by Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

After Ego Death, the members of the Internet decided that they would venture on solo projects to flesh out their individual styles.[2] When speaking about what the album would entail, Syd stated:

"This album is not that deep, but I feel like this is my descent into the depth I want the band to get to...For me, this is like an in-between thing — maybe get a song on the radio, maybe make some money, have some new shit to perform."[3]

The album has a more pop-influenced feel in comparison to her output with the Internet. However, Syd states that she has always been influenced by pop, and that the album is inspired by popular artists from her time, including Usher and Brandy.[4] Influences of trap also appear throughout,[5] most notably on the single "All About Me".[6]

"All About Me" was released as Fin's lead single on January 13, 2017. A music video for the song was released a day earlier on Syd's Vevo page.[7] On January 24, "Body" was released as the album's second single. The song's audio was also released on the singer's Vevo page.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.7/10[9]
Metacritic81/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[11]
Clash8/10[12]
Exclaim!8/10[13]
Flood Magazine8/10[14]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
The New Zealand Herald4/5 stars[16]
Pitchfork8.1/10[17]
PopMatters8/10[18]
State4/5[19]
ViceA–[20]

Fin was released by Columbia Records on February 3, 2017, to widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81, based on 10 reviews.[10] Reviewing Fin for NPR, Lars Gotrich wrote that Syd "has an affinity for the '90s R&B singers who kept their emotions open and voices close, like Aaliyah (see 'Know') or the ladies in TLC ('Smile More,' 'Nothin' To Somethin'') — embracing the limitations of their range, but finding the core of the performance via self-styled confidence".[3][21] In Vice, Robert Christgau found the singer distinct from contemporary R&B's "voice-plus-sound" aesthetic, particularly because of her "soft and slender" voice, "her brave sighs and whispers", and "how easily her voice carries this music unaugmented by her former guitar and drum kit". He appreciated her themes of financial success and especially love, while naming "Dollar Bills" the album's highlight.[20]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Complex 50 Best Albums of 2017
11
Exclaim! Exclaim!'s Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums of 2017
9
Highsnobiety Top 25 Albums of 2017
24
The Independent Top 30 Albums of 2017
8
The Line of Best Fit Top 50 Albums of 2017
19
Okayplayer Top 15 Albums of 2017
15
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2017
36
Thrillist Top 40 Albums of 2017
4

Track listing[edit]

Fin[1]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Shake Em Off"Hit-Boy3:00
2."Know"
  • Bennett
  • Green
  • Rose Marie Tan
Green3:35
3."No Complaints"BennettBennett1:13
4."Nothin to Somethin"BennettBennett3:29
5."All About Me"Lacy3:31
6."Smile More"BennettBennett4:01
7."Got Her Own"
3:06
8."Drown in It"
  • Kilhoffer
  • J Gramm
1:10
9."Body"
  • Bennett
  • Green
  • Tan
  • Sean Rhoden
MeLo-X4:22
10."Dollar Bills" (featuring Steve Lacy)
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Ronny Colson
  • Flip
  • Lacy
3:08
11."Over" (featuring 6LACK)
  • HazeBanga
  • Isiah Salazar
3:11
12."Insecurities"
Rahki3:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[30] 10
US Billboard 200[31] 75
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[32] 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Okayplayer. "Here Are The Full Credits For Syd's Solo Album 'FIN' Okayplayer". okayplayer.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Internet Win Alone, Together". thefader.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Syd's Solo Debut 'Fin' Can Smoke Out The Quiet Storm". npr.org. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Listen to Syd's Debut Solo Album 'Fin'". pigeonsandplanes.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Syd's Fin Is More Than Just an Internet Side Project". Vulture. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Syd 'Fin' Cheat Code Album Review - DJBooth Article". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ ""All About Me" by Syd Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Syd Shares Steamy New Single, 'Body'". NPR.org. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Fin by Syd reviews". AnyDecentMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Reviews for Fin by Syd". CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Fin - Syd". All Media Network. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ Kalia, Ammar (February 9, 2017). "Syd - Fin". Clash. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Patrick, Ryan B. (February 2, 2017). "Syd Fin". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  14. ^ Alzuphar, Adolf (February 15, 2017). "Syd, 'Fin'". Flood Magazine. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (February 16, 2017). "Syd: Fin review – subtly tearing up the R&B playbook". The Guardian. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  16. ^ Anon. (February 16, 2017). "Album review: Syd, 'Fin'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  17. ^ Frank, Alex (February 8, 2017). "Syd: Fin Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  18. ^ Pontecorvo, Adriane (February 7, 2017). "Syd: Fin". PopMatters. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Keogh, Stephen (February 21, 2017). "Syd – Fin". State. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 3, 2017). "On Syd's Depth and Resonance: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Syd's Fin Is A Cool, Confident, Sexy Solo Debut". MTV. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  22. ^ Scott, Damien; Speiser, Rebecca (December 7, 2017). "The Best Albums of 2017". Complex.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  23. ^ "Exclaim!'s Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums". Exclaim!. Nov 30, 2017. Retrieved Jan 5, 2018.
  24. ^ Boyer, Jake (December 14, 2017). "The 25 Best Albums of 2017". Highsnobiety.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  25. ^ O'Connor, Roison (November 27, 2018). "The 30 Best Albums of 2017". Independent.co.uk. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  26. ^ "The Best Albums of 2017". Thelineofbestfit.com. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  27. ^ "Best Albums of 2017". Okayplayer.com. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  28. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Pitchfork. December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  29. ^ Jackson, Dan (December 21, 2017). "Best Albums of 2017". Thrillist.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  30. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  31. ^ "Syd Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  32. ^ "Syd Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2017.