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Twenty years on from Elbow’s inception, these four English lads have released a beautifully crafted piece of work that has all the tokens of an Elbow album, with a distinct maturity and depth.

After lead singer Guy Garvey’s solo exploits over the last couple of years, the band have resumed with a real freshness and Little Fictions has a lovely sense of continuity. In terms of style and rhythm/tempo, the ten songs don’t greatly vary yet – like any good album, each song has a particular individuality that keeps the listener intrigued throughout.

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The orchestral influences that they seem to have perfected during their time together, blend expertly in the opening track – Magnificent (She Says) and Garvey’s astute lyric writing is ever present in Firebrand & Angel. His distinctive and pronounced Manchester accent always lures me into these songs, along with a host of other characteristics that make Elbow stand out from the crowd.

I have no doubt that their seventh studio album Little Fictions will be in the running for my album of the year and I can’t wait for their appearances in Webster Hall, New York on November 2nd and 3rd.

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