Nabuma Rubberband

Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Ratings: #510 / 964
User Score
Based on 89 ratings
2014 Ratings: #282
May 13, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista Recordings, Because Music / Label
Synthpop, Art Pop, R&B / Genres
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The writing, playing, and production is predominantly the work of the group on their own, with two collaborators playing small but significant roles ... Subtract those contributions and this would still be the group's most accomplished work.

The Skinny

Though the overarching restraint and precision might render Nabuma Rubberband too glassy and impersonal for some tastes, numerous others will find themselves transfixed. 

Time Out London

‘Nabuma Rubberband’ is a consummate masterpiece: dramatic, relentlessly innovative, brilliantly understated, impeccably produced and often head-spinningly sexy. 


The band have never been ones to sing about birthday cakes and ecstasy, but a much more sombre, sinister mood drifts throughout this record. 


Little Dragon effortlessly churn out magnificent anthems of sorrow here, ones that listeners can still dance to. 


‘Nabuma Rubberband’ isn’t quite the home run it should have been, chiefly because the songwriting can’t always keep pace with the band’s vaulting ambition.


It’s great the band was able to find a throughline between the comfortable and the experimental this time around, but on Nabuma Rubberband they let go of a little too much of themselves in the process.


Sometimes though, it all meanders a bit too much, sacrificing melody for mood with the result that the album doesn’t hang together as well as it should.

Consequence of Sound

Little Dragon have matured by enhancing the meaning behind sounds and voice; on Nabuma, the intense electronic experimentation is replaced by a stronger focus on Nagano, equipped with a heightened emotionality and moroseness.

Pretty Much Amazing

Most of the time, Nabuma Rubberband sounds well put-together but empty, all style and no content, the kind of album that won’t offend you while you’re listening to it but which you’d be hard-pressed to remember any of once closer “Let Go” comes to an end.

I'm finding agreement in what the review from Pretty Much Amazing states, but in a different context. There is substantial style demonstrated throughout this release, but, for this writer, it is memorable. Not classic, but, enough so that it sits in the continual rotation slot of my memory begging to spun again and again. And spun again it shall remain.
This album is completely consuming. Its like being at an orchestra. Some tracks admittedly are hard to listen to, "Only One", each song has radio value and easily reflects some sort of future genre. Little Dragon is something all her own- and proves to be a visionary musician.
Starts off very strong with two songs I really loved, but doesn't hit that level again. It's a good album.
Aside from Klapp Klapp, Its a slow burning fire. But it is well worth a listen across the entire length of the album.
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Track List

  1. Mirror
  2. Klapp Klapp 
  3. Pretty Girls
  4. Underbart
  5. Cat Rider
  6. Paris
  7. Lurad
  8. Nabuma Rubberband
  9. Only One
  10. Killing Me
  11. Pink Cloud
  12. Let Go
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Added on: February 13, 2014