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Breaking the Thermometer Image
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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla was inspired in part by the history of Radio Haiti.
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  1. Uncut
    May 3, 2022
    80
    The album never becomes a dry documentary, though, because the music adopts the station’s spirit of dissent and subversion. [Jun 2022, p.31]
  2. 80
    An ambitious, accomplished piece of work.
  3. May 3, 2022
    80
    The album mixes Creole vocals with English, the latter in Caetano Veloso’s Brazilian song of exile “You Don’t Know Me,” one of several examples of beauty to offset the anger and angst.
  4. Mojo
    May 3, 2022
    80
    An exquisite distillation of hope and perseverance, mystery and humanity. [Jun 2022, p.87]
  5. May 6, 2022
    80
    Breaking the Thermometer is a reminder of the album as a statement, a covenant between artist and listener to intentional and attentional communion. Leyla McCalla’s profound creativity asks for such attention in his album and richly rewards it.
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