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8. Syd, 'Fin'8/20

8. Syd, 'Fin'

High off her Grammy-nominated success in the Odd Future offshoot the Internet, singer-songwriter-producer Sydney Bennett takes a sharp turn away from the funky live production of her neo-soul group and towards more low-key synthscapes on her solo debut. Assuming the swagger of a mob boss, Syd luxuriates in the braggadocio of "All About Me"; and again, with producer/consigliere Steve Lacy riding at her side, she cruises the strip club in "Dollar Bills." She (happily) meets her match in the independent-woman jam "Got Her Own" before slinking into the pleasure principle on "Body" and its more salacious sibling, "Drown In It." Fin is a slick, seductive exploration of queer sensuality and power, marking another milestone in Syd's glowing career. S.E.

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