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Syd’s career was born and bred in the Odd Future collective around artists like Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean, and her brother Taco. Syd, aka Syd Tha Kid, released three albums with The Internet as their vocalist. But now we get to see her, just Syd, being Syd, and it’s half woman, half amazing.
Syd drops her new album, Fin
Fin showcases Syd’s soulful voice, wispy, breezy, sultry. And she shows she isn’t afraid to be sexy or downright nasty. Though her album is hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul, and at one point, a little trappy, it doesn’t feel disjointed.
She talks love and sex in a way that’s universally relatable. In “Drown in It” she says she’ll “Swim in it/Dive in it/Drown in it/Hide in it, babe.” It’s just nasty enough without being raunchy. In “Got Her Own” she sings about loving a girl because she’s a boss.
Syd also shows that bravado and insecurity can exist in the same person. She opens the album with “Shake Em Off,” which clearly demonstrates a proud, strong, female persona. But she closes the album with “Insecurities,” showing us that though she’s a confident, assured person, she still lets insecurities creep in and take over sometimes.
I hope that this album’s title, Fin, doesn’t mean this is the last we’ve heard from her. Because I think she’s got a lot more to say and I’m ready and willing to listen.
“Body,” “Drown in It” and “Smile More”
4.7 out of 5
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