Little Fictions

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Little Fictions
Elbow - Little Fictions.png
Studio album by
Released3 February 2017 (2017-02-03)
Recorded2015–2016
StudioBlueprint Studios, Salford; Gargunnock House, Stirling; Elbow Rooms, Manchester
Length48:25
Label
ProducerCraig Potter
Elbow chronology
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
(2014)
Little Fictions
(2017)
Singles from Little Fictions
  1. "Magnificent (She Says)"
    Released: 15 December 2016
  2. "All Disco"
    Released: 5 January 2017
  3. "Gentle Storm"
    Released: 27 January 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[3]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[4]
Under the Radar8/10[5]

Little Fictions is the seventh studio album by English rock band Elbow, released on 3 February 2017 on Polydor Records and Concord Records. Produced by pianist and keyboardist Craig Potter, the album is the band's first without founding drummer Richard Jupp, who had departed from the band the previous year.

The album was preceded by the singles, "Magnificent (She Says)", "All Disco" and "Gentle Storm", and features collaborations with The Hallé Orchestra and their choir.[6][7]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, "Magnificent (She Says)", was released on 6 December 2016.[8] The second single, "All Disco", was released on 5 January 2017, and was inspired by American musician Black Francis of the band Pixies.[9] The third single, "Gentle Storm", was released on 27 January 2017. The music video for the song, directed by Kevin Godley, was released alongside the single. The video was inspired by the song "Cry" by Godley & Creme, and featured English actor Benedict Cumberbatch alongside the band members and some family and friends.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Magnificent (She Says)"4:24
2."Gentle Storm"3:39
3."Trust the Sun"5:55
4."All Disco"4:27
5."Head for Supplies"3:56
6."Firebrand & Angel"5:25
7."K2"5:18
8."Montparnasse"2:40
9."Little Fictions"8:26
10."Kindling"4:15
Total length:48:25

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Abc News Top 50 Albums of 2017
17
Albumism Top 50 Albums of 2017
16
KCRW Top 10 Albums of 2017
10


Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Ashton-Smith, Alan (January 30, 2017). "Elbow - Little Fictions". Musicomh.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Dransfield, Scott (January 30, 2017). "Album Review". Undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
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  7. ^ Walters, Sarah (9 December 2016). "Elbow confirm seventh album and extra Manchester show". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
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  9. ^ Trendell, Andrew (5 January 2017). "Elbow unveil new single 'It's All Disco' – inspired by Pixies' Black Francis". NME. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  10. ^ Yoo, Noah (27 January 2017). "Benedict Cumberbatch Stars in Elbow's Video for New Song "Gentle Storm": Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
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