what we say in private

Ada Lea - what we say in private
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #134 / 430
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2019 Ratings: #399
July 19, 2019 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

In the depth of its humanness what we say in private teases the surreal; the honesty of Levy’s lyricism finds itself embossed with the catcalls of nature, culminating in a sense of the ethereal

90
The Line of Best Fit

Ada Lea has a musical mind that pushes so much further than just some melodies and words.

80
Exclaim!

Ada Lea's workmanship is striking on what we say in private, as she delicately showcases both the chaos and beauty of change.

80
Northern Transmissions

what we say in private, is a truly affecting experience.

73
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.

70
Loud and Quiet

The one-woman project of Montreal-based Ali Levy, its duality is part borne of the jazz graduate playing indie. This brings unexpected details and structural twists to the material.

68
Paste

Much of What We Say in Private is low-key and even hushed as Levy focuses more on reinvention than recrimination, as if she is determined to emerge from her pain a stronger, more self-assured person, and not a bitter one.

usedtobe
80
Montreal-based artist Ada Lea's debut is hitting the right notes with this release of cathartic, unique pop venture that settles between the breezy and intimate. The ratings are undeniably promising and happy to report it does live up to it.
Plats
72
Ada Lea has enough songwriting and vocal talent to make "what we say in private" a good, if formulaic, indie rock album with some interesting production.

Fav Tracks: what makes me sad, wild heart, 180 days, for real now (not pretend), mercury

Least Fav Track: just one, please

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PatrickL0419
74
Holy shit it's like if Frankie Cosmos got good.
WildChameleon
63
What we say in private is an enjoyable album ... wait did I say the same thing for the recent indie folk/s-s albums ?

Here again, the problem is that she does exactly the same as many many many other woman of the genre (I'm tired of making the list : Torres, lucy dacus, phoebe bridgers, angel olsen, julien baker, etc). Except that they have a very specific and impactful performance.
Here Ada Lea touches a lot of genre but excells anywhere, does what her senpai already did. Even her topics are ... read more
luna128
55
Another boring Saddle Creek sign. I love indie folk to bits but this just comes off as an underdevloped compromise between the stock-standard motifs of that genre and some more esoteric progressions.
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Track List

  1. mercury
  2. wild heart
  3. the party
  4. for real now (not pretend)
  5. just one, please
  6. what makes me sad
  7. the dancer
  8. yanking the pearls off around my neck...
  9. 180 days
  10. easy
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Added on: May 8, 2019