I got put onto The Internet sometime last year and I was immediately drawn to their incredible mix of R&B and soul. I was especially drawn to the group’s lead singer, Syd. She had an almost unassuming, frank quality about her that melted into your ear drums. I could just tell that there was something special about her from the moment I first heard that incredible voice. So when I found out that she was dropping a solo album, Fin, it instantly shot up towards the top of my list for my most anticipated albums of 2017.
Syd doesn’t stray too far from the R&B/Soul sound her group plied on Ego Death, which is a very good thing in my book, but she definitely adds a little more pop and aggressiveness to her solo proceedings. “Shake Em Off”, “Nothin to Somethin”, and “Smile More” are almost indistinguishable from her work with The Internet, with their down tempo production, skillful instrumentation, and smooth melodies; they all have an almost lounge music type of quality to them. But right when I thought I knew what I was in store for, things quickly geared up with the bassy, more in your face pop songs like “Know”, “No Complaints”, and “All About Me.” With “All About Me”, in particular, being a standout with it’s hypnotic synths, ad-libs, and hard hitting kicks, and “Know” almost having a Timbaland and Aaliyah-esque quality to it. The production is fantastic throughout and the range of styles and genres Fin covers from hip-hop, to R&B, to neo-soul is an impressive feat, and one that’s only upstaged by their ability to make these combinations feel so organic.
“I pray for all my homies, I’m lyin’, at least I try
I say that she’s my only but got you on my mind
Today I’m only human, but know that when I die
My grave gone be my music, my soul is living through it baby”
There was always something special about Syd’s voice that I couldn’t quite put into words, but after listening to Fin, I’d have to call it humble bravado. She doesn’t have the most powerful voice out there, but it’s silky smooth and the amount of confidence and comfortability she displays on every track is well beyond her years. It’s effortless. The whole album almost serves as a proof of concept of everything she’s capable of, and the fact that she sounds just as good on a neo-soul song like “Smile More”, as she does on the hip-hop leaning “No Complaints”, and as she does on the sensual “Body,” proves that she’s capable of just about anything. The sky’s the limit for her after this one.
Have you heard Fin? What’d you think about it? Were you as impressed by her musical dexterity as I was? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your rating for the album.