Little Fictions

Elbow - Little Fictions
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2017 Ratings: #217 / 898
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2017 Ratings: #390
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February 3, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor, Concord / Label / Website
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Spill Magazine
This is the work of maturing artists, the sound of a band playing as one, and the sound of music. The bad news for this band, is that this will be a hard one to beat, but I know they have it them.
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.
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.

Elbow have created another record that comfortably matches up to anything they’ve released to date.
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.


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.

If you’re chasing the initial buzz, ‘Little Fictions’ is quite a hit.
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.

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.

The Independent

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

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.

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.

Overall the outcome is generally positive, although it’s not without its flaws.
As Elbow settle into middle age, the additional wrinkles and whiskey stains only deepen the gravity of their stories.
All of it adds up to an album that feels quietly hopeful, making it a tonic for troubled times.
‘Little Fictions’, in the end, though a welcome sign of elbow gently progressing with their formula, is a step forward feels too hesitant.
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.
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.

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
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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New wind in a familiar sound. Like.
What is great with Elbow is their consistency at delivering fantastic records and this one did not disappoint
2019: I don't know what happened in these two years since the album came out but this is so much better than i remember.

I remember listening to this at launch and being very unimpressed by it as a whole, however when i listen to it now its a whole different thing. It sounds lush and beatiful, a lovely surprise two years later.

Launch 2017: rated 65, no review
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Added on: December 6, 2016