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What We Say In Private

Ada Lea

What We Say In Private

The debut full-length release from the Montreal singer-songwriter Alexandra Levy

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    By welcoming the world into her record, Alexandra Levy has created something much more whole and warm than perhaps it might have been
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Not a single moment is out of place. Everything is crafted to induce a reaction
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  3. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    It feels like Lea had a ton of things she wanted to express and she seemingly tried to express them all. What the outcome is may be a little messy, a bit raw and extremely intimate but because of this, it’s all intensely real and very human
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There's an artful intricacy to her lo-fi pop. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Unexpected and quietly ambitious. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Ada Lea's workmanship is striking on what we say in private, as she delicately showcases both the chaos and beauty of change
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  7. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A remarkably engaging debut, one that keeps giving up its secrets on every listen
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  8. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    It is everything good about the Pixies and is prima facie evidence for they all they have added to the quality of Rock and Roll
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  9. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Ada Lea is interested in the in-between and unseen—the space between feeling broken and moving on
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  10. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The Montreal singer-songwriter’s debut album uses heartbreak as the springboard for an innovative brand of indie rock that’s both fiery and introspective
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Initially conceived as a concept record of two distinct sides, it’s also infused with breezy colour
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    Each track has something unexpected up its sleeve; this is indie songwriting at its finest, and Ada’s vocals are the cherry on top
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  13. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Songs like “180 Days” and “The Party” are stand-outs, but some of the other tracks can blend together unobtrusively enough that they go scrolling by without commanding your full attention, not memorable enough to make a lasting impact
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  14. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Songs rise and sink, her guitar sounds clearly, volume changes, uncertainty reigns, transcended by moments of beauty that disintegrate on contact with brutal lyrics
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    On this charming debut, Ada Lea embraces past sadness through a knowing smile, assured that everything will be all right
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