What We Say in Private

Album Review of What We Say in Private by Ada Lea.

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What We Say in Private

Ada Lea

Release Date: Jul 19, 2019
Record label: Saddle Creek Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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What We Say in Private - Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 90
Based on rating 9/10

Building walls of emotional exposure all throughout what we say in private, then bringing them crumbling downward with a rich and beautiful starkness, Québécois visionary-cum-songwriter Lea holds all the power. The brief - it's only just over thirty-five minutes long - yet meticulously crafted escapade tackles a lot musically while deftly exploring the inner reaches of Lea's mind. She also manages to propel and dart between the delicate and the brash.

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Pitchfork - 73
Based on rating 7.3/10

Sometimes loss calls for a personal rediscovery. When Alexandra Levy endured a recent breakup she used various creative outlets--painting, journaling, making music--in order to recall who she was before and redefine herself in the aftermath. As a result, the Montreal singer-songwriter came up with 10 songs that embody the tumultuous cycle of pain, anxiety, patience, and acceptance that accompanies major heartache.

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Clash Music
Their review was generally favourable

It's always a comfortable thing when a songwriter is this open. It's like they've cracked open their shell and the juices are running out - and it's often those juices that set them apart from other musicians. Pretend 'what we say in private' is a coconut - break it open, and you've discovered a whole new world. Feeling like the slap in the face you've been asking and asking for, Ada Lea's debut album 'what we say in private' is initially a slick, emotive, broody marriage.

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