Little Fictions

Elbow - Little Fictions
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2017 Ratings: #315 / 719
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2017 Ratings: #403
February 3, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor, Concord / Label
Art Rock, Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Guardian
Songs are built around loops or percussive pianos; electric guitar motifs replace strummed acoustics and Garvey is audibly a man in love, although the results are more uplifting than gooey.
80
Slant Magazine

Little Fictions ... might be called the quietest of Elbow albums, as it's the tamest and most ballad-heavy. It might just as easily be christened their most intimate, their most casual, and their most soulful. All of these superlatives are relative, of course; the album grows in stature and appeal with every spin, and distinguishes itself as an Elbow album not quite like any other.

80
musicOMH
Elbow have created another record that comfortably matches up to anything they’ve released to date.
80
Under The Radar

Cmpositionally Elbow sounds more refreshed than they have since The Seldom Seen Kid, and hopefully Little Fictions is a signal of the beginning of a new creative phase.

80
PopMatters

There’s never an instance on Little Fictions where Elbow sounds like it’s on autopilot, a worthy feat considering the band’s multi-decade existence and seven studio outings.

80
NME
If you’re chasing the initial buzz, ‘Little Fictions’ is quite a hit.
80
Drowned in Sound

Little Fictions, their seventh, is, reliably, a very good Elbow album. There’s no great fucking with formula here, if you found Elbow boring before (because you have no joy inside you) there’s little here to convince you. But oh my gosh, those elements that work for them so well are here in abundance.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Musically and thematically, everything about Little Fictions’ gestation has conspired to create arguably the most taut and urgent album of Elbow’s career.

80
The Independent

The band allow for a sparseness in many of the songs compared to the grand, elaborate details featured in past albums.

80
The Telegraph

For all its beauty, Little Fictions would have more crossover potential if it were more tightly focused. Instead, what Elbow offer is an eloquent, immersive, emotional journey that can suddenly soar into the ether.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Little Fictions is another solid entry in the Elbow catalog that is destined to be mostly ignored. The band peaked almost a decade ago, but still churns out surprisingly deep, solid records every couple of years.

75
GIGsoup
Overall the outcome is generally positive, although it’s not without its flaws.
71
Pitchfork
As Elbow settle into middle age, the additional wrinkles and whiskey stains only deepen the gravity of their stories.
70
AllMusic
All of it adds up to an album that feels quietly hopeful, making it a tonic for troubled times.
60
Clash
‘Little Fictions’, in the end, though a welcome sign of elbow gently progressing with their formula, is a step forward feels too hesitant.
60
God Is in the TV
Whilst there are moments of heart grasping beauty here, which recall what Elbow did best on their first three albums, these are still surrounded by some forgettable trudges.
60
No Ripcord

Little Fictions is Elbow's weakest album since their second LP, Cast of Thousands. Despite the flaws, several tracks stand out among their strongest work.

DiegoPaim01
76
Muito bom. Esse disco tem uma levada e uma energia boa, flui com tranquilidade, e bastante cor. Ta longe de ser um indie rock genérico: seja pelos teclados, sintetizadores, loops e efeitos de orquestra, as músicas tem uma certa grandiosidade muito bem elaborada pelas melodias, harmonias e percussões. Estas, especificamente, bem balanceadas entre o acústico e o eletrônico, dão o rítmo para os vocais performarem toda a emoção carregada ... read more
Br
83
Another in the long line of startling beautiful 'Elbow' albums; though I found both of the first two songs on the album a bit too soft (saccharine?), the album comes to life with the percussive beat created in 'Trust the Sun' and does not dip in quality once until the very last notes on the album's most beautiful song 'Kindling'. Great album...

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winitheju
64
oh elbow what has happened to you
Kokolores
80
New wind in a familiar sound. Like.
notbuzzzila
95
Elbow's best album yet. Easily one of the best art rock albums of last year, Little Fictions finally takes everything Elbow does well and culminates into this modern-day masterpiece.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#10/KCRW
#16/Albumism
#17/ABC News
#34/Under the Radar
#36/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. Magnificent (She Says)
  2. Gentle Storm
  3. Trust the Sun
  4. All Disco
  5. Head for Supplies
  6. Firebrand & Angel
  7. K2
  8. Montparnasse
  9. Little Fictions
  10. Kindling
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