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True to Self Album Review

After a hiatus of being farely quiet, Bryson Tiller has decided to drop his sophmore album True to Self.  Bryson blew up out of nowhere in late 2015, and quickly dropped his debut project T R A P S O U L, to critical acclaim.  After going ghost for a while I was excited to get new music from Bryson.  Did he suffer from the sophmore slump or did Bryson deliver another good project with True to Self?

 

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True to Self feels like an extention to T R A P S O U L.  Bryson vocals have never been amazing but they do get the job done on this album, coupled with spacey, soulful-esqe production.  I wasn’t disapointed with this project, but I did find myself thinking he could showcase more and give us something different.  This album is filled with more of the same subject matter from his previous album.  Bryson is in pocket this entire album and no pun intened stays true to self, building on what he established in T R A P S O U L.

I enjoyed this project, but I wish there was more variety in this album.  I am under the assumption Bryson felt that what isn’t broke don’t fix it.  Which is fine, but I wish he would have tried some different sounds, especially being that this album is 19 tracks long.  I have little to no problems with this album, while I did enjoy it I do wish it was shorter.  I also wish he could have switched up the sound a little bit. All of that aside I got everything that I expected and I was happy with that.  This is a good album and I can’t wait for what Bryson has in store next.

Score: 3/5

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How did you like True to Self?  Did you love it ? Did you hate it? Let me know what you think.  Thank you and I hope everyone is being safe this summer.

 

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Fin Review

Los Angles Singer-Songerwriter Syd, is the center of the collective, The Internet.Earlier in January she announced she was going to release her debut album.  Going into this project I had no expectations and I was excited to hear this.  Was this a flop, or did she live up to the hype ?

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From beginning to end, Syd projects a classic 90’s R&B, differentiating from her sound with The Internet.  Fin is full of slow, seductive songs with layered production. Bennet’s vocals demand your attention, and while she’s not the most amazing vocalist her singing is very pleasing.  The sole feature from 6lack is a nice added touch, while I enjoyed his feature I felt as though it wasn’t needed.  

Everything about this project blew me away.  Syd’s vocals are smoothe and easy to listen to, coupled with her amazing song-writing abilities, the outcome is a dope project.  Syd blossoms  on this record and shows people she is a force to be reckoned with.  I had no idea what I was going to get with this project.  After each listen I liked it more and more.  I have no gripes with this album, Every song transitions into the next track smooth and effortlessly.  Fin showcases her ability to stand on her own and her versatility. I only wish that this project was longer, it felt as though some of these tracks could have been longer. Fin is a great listen regardless

Favorite Tracks: Nothing to Something, No Complaints,Over, Got Her Own

Score: 5/5

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