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Elbow : Little Fictions

8.5

There’s a captivating whimsy present across the new release from Elbow.
 
The British alt-rockers have been hard at work producing their seventh album Little Fictions –their first without long-time drummer Richard Jupp – and the results embrace a more minimal aesthetic, yet still retain Guy Garvey’s songwriting mastery. It’s an addition to their discography that celebrates the doldrums of life in a way that fans will more than delight in.
 
On the whole, Little Fictions is a wonderful collection of serenades. Magnificent (She Says) contains lyrics that just make you melt: Garvey croons lines like, “This is where the echoes swell to nothing on the tide” in a poignant track that sees a thick Mancunian accent carry over a captivating melody, moving with a certain grace from the major to minor key. It’s certainly the album’s standout track, but even with the heavier and more upbeat All Disco and Gentle Storm, Elbow harbour a particular manipulation of instrumentation and rhythm alongside Garvey’s wonderfully simple poetry.
 
Little Fictions has the ability to embrace you with a warmth that will make you feel small and content, yet it can still overwhelm you with its emotionally rich tone and the economy of its composition.
 
By Anna Wilson