Syd - Fin
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #146 / 716
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2017 Ratings: #312
February 3, 2017 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Alternative R&B / Genres
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On Fin, what Syd seems to want to portray most of all is an admirable, inspirational confidence, a young woman singing and rapping while totally at ease with the beats that please her most.

The 405

In short, Fin is a mature, if slightly restrained debut. Unfortunately, there’s not quite enough here to get a true sense of where Syd’s long-term artistic vision will take her. Nonetheless, what Fin does, it does incredibly well - and with confidence.


Fin is a breakout party for a Syd, who seems grateful for those who have been supportive but has a keen eye on taking things to the next level.


Syd is many wonderful things on solo debut Fin - singer, producer, all-around seductress—but most importantly, she is human, and her album is filled with all that entails.


Syd operates in her own, self-constructed sphere. Her vulnerability is acutely present, but it lies on her own terms. She breaks when she wants to, not when we expect her to, and it's this resonant sense of calculated, defiant intimacy that raises 'Fin' to eclectic new heights.

The Line of Best Fit

Fin is a record of intimacy and confidence, a rare and sumptuous combination that Syd has pulled off quite remarkably.

‘Fin’ is one record in conversation with the others — a new model of creativity and one that has produced, at the very least, an excellent piece of work.
Crack Magazine

Fin is short and sweet. And over the course of its 37 minutes, the music blankets you in a comforting haze for enough time to keep your senses stimulated.

The Guardian

As hinted at by the record sleeve’s oceanic shadows, Fin has depths that only become more apparent the longer you spend engulfed in them.

Northern Transmissions

While pushing her own artistry to the forefront, Syd retains the non-flashy vocal style she showcased expertly on the Internet’s Grammy-nominated Ego Death release from 2015.

Pretty Much Amazing

She comes into her own on her debut, Fin, a resounding end to adolescence and an inquisitive consideration of maturity.

The stylistic switch-ups are clever and effective without coming across as forcefully out of character.
No Ripcord

Syd hasn’t quite molded herself as a pop luminary, but the self-determined themes on Fin do portray an independent woman who’s fueled by the power of love.

Somber beats meet a smooth and sultry voice in this highly intimate session. While the clear aesthetics provide an interesting listen, the lack of personality in a few cuts can be a bit of a drag, but there is much to enjoy in this elegant debut.
Not a bad album from Aaliyah :-)
Listened to this album twice. It was really nice to listen to because it was very cohesive and chill but it was not something I would really listen to on my own otherwise. I feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had been high af.
There is nothing wrong with this album, just also nothing captivating. Overall not a bad project by any means, and one that has me curious to watch for Syd's future output, but nothing I see myself revisiting.
this shit makes me want to go over to my friends house and take a shit
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Track List

  1. Shake Em Off
  2. Know
  3. No Complaints
  4. Nothin to Somethin
  5. All About Me
  6. Smile More
  7. Got Her Own
  8. Drown in It
  9. Body
  10. Dollar Bills
  11. Over (feat. 6LACK)
  12. Insecurities
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Added on: January 11, 2017