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Elbow - Little Fictions Album Review

On 2008's "The Seldom Seen Kid", a solemn Guy Garvey sings 'love you, mate', on "Friend of Ours" - a heart-rending tribute to his late friend, Bryan Glancy. "One Day Like This" reminds us how love can (weirdly) make us act like complete tools. On 2017's "Little Fictions", love has become a many-splendoured thing. Garvey has metamorphosed from Philip Larkin into Pop Larkin and his new, blissed-out incarnation sounds as contented and close to 'perfick' as it could possibly be.

Elbow - Little Fictions Album Review

Garvey's marriage to Rachael Sterling and the departure of drummer Richard Jupp have changed Elbow's dynamic. Jupp's absence led to a more experimental percussive approach, with more recorded loops, like the cowbell hypnosis of "Gentle Storm" or the antsy, excitable drums on "Trust the Sun", where Garvey avows, 'I just don't trust the sun to rise/ When I can't see your eyes'. "Magnificent (She Says)" is a widescreen cinematic Elbow anthem, with bass, drums and strings pattering out insistent rhythms, whilst Garvey narrates a young girl, 'throwing both her arms around the world', showing the childish innocence that we need to rediscover ourselves. Doves-like "All Disco" wryly sings of love and laughter at 105 as two 'perverted old-timers', promising 'I'll feed you one-liners'.

More familiarly grizzled fare is still filtered through love somehow. "K2" portrays a hectic Brexit Britain sh*tstorm and love is our anorak. After a silky lounge jazz opening, a dense shower of echoing vocals breaches the peace, shirtily bemoaning 'I'm from a land with an island status,/ Makes us think that everyone hates us', and savaging the 'villains on the tiller' who 'gambled the farm for a headline'. 'I'm squeezing my words like I'm icing a bomb' over shivery piano on "Montparnasse" and 'We protect out little fictions like it's all we are' on the title track recognises that we often argue most dangerously and disingenuously with those we love dearest. "Head for Supplies" is grateful for the salvation of love and, it seems, the advent of a mighty fine drinking companion.

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Glastonbury Line-Up Confirmed: Elbow, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Jack White...And Who Else?

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After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.

Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.

Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.

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Placebo, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club Lead Record Store Day 2014: Race You There!

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The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.

Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.

Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.

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Elbow Score No.1 Album, But Are They Headlining Glastonbury 2014?

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Elbow have topped the UK albums chart with their sixth effort, The Take Off And Landing of Everything. The record, described as a love letter to both New York and Manchester, fended off competition from Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction, which debuted at number two. Pharrell Williams' GIRL was pushed down to number three.

ElbowAre Elbow Headlining Glastonbury 2014? Photo: Tom Sheehan

Over on the singles chart, dance anthem Tsunami (Jump) for Canadian duo DVBBS and Miami DJ is the new number one. Featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, the song was first released in September last year. This time, it took the top spot and pushed My Love by Route 94 down to second place. Pharrell's Oscar-nominated track Happy was at number three, while Pixie Lott's Nasty could only settle for number nine.

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It's Indie Rock & Roll For V Festival: The Killers Headline Huge Bill

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The UK’s festival season is slowly clicking into gear as Hollywood’s award season recovers from a stinking hangover. On the weekend of August 16-17 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, The Killers will preside the headline slot alongside Justin Timberlake.

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"We're very excited to announce the V Festival line-up, and proud to bring headliners Justin Timberlake and The Killers, following on from their sold out Wembley Stadium show in 2013, with both headliners summer festival exclusives,” V Festival Directors Bob Angus, Simon Moran and Dennis Desmond said in a statement.

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Elbow Unveil Music Video For Official Single Off Their Sixth Studio Album 'New York Morning' [Watch]


British rock band Elbow have released their new music video for the track 'New York Morning'. The song, that is five and a half minutes long, is off their sixth studio album 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything' which is slated to hit the stores on March 3rd.

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Although this track is the studio set's official single, it is the second song to be available, 'Fly Boy Blue/Lunette' was released as a digital download earlier this month on January 15th.

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Anticipation Is High For Elbow's 'Experimental' Sixth Album


Elbow have got a busy year ahead of them as they announced a new album - following the platinum success of 'Build a Rocket Boys!' - as well as a string of UK tour dates.

The Brit rockers are just finishing up on their latest offering - which is yet to have a name - and bassist Pete Turner has told XFM to expect something a little more 'experimental' than 2011's 'Build a Rocket Boys!' or 2008's rip-roaring 'The Seldom Seen Kid'. 'We've let the songs breathe so there's quite a few songs that are quite long because we wanted to let them go where they needed to go', he explains.

Unfortunately, there's quite a bit to wait yet with a release date of March 10th 2014, though Pete has worried us by admitting that the finishing touches could take longer than planned. 'It's tweaks and then mixing and then we'll be finished in probably a month and a half or something', he says. 'That's the plan. In fact that has to happen. We need that, our band needs that sometimes, we need deadlines 'cause we could just carry on forever.' 

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Out Now - UK Albums Releases: Adam Ant Returns, I Am Kloot Buoyed By Mancunian Chums, Bad Religion Fierce As Ever

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There’s not much in the way of big hitters to shake Les Miserables off it’s spot at the top of the UK album charts this week. The remainder of the Top 5 is still looking like a ‘who’s who’ of 2012, with Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Calvin Harris and Everything Everything filling the rest of the slots.

Straight outta leftfield this week is a new album from Adam Ant – a man plagued, in recent years, by a tarnished reputation. He initially announced the album title back in 2010 and then announced that it would finally be seeing the light of day back in September of last year. Entitled Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter, the album is being released on his own label, which he’s called Blueblack Hussar Records he’s previously described the album as “a live record that lends itself to performance,” which will feature “a kind of concept. It’s a very old fashioned, old school, step by step album.”

The album’s getting the deluxe release treatment, with a CD release, a gatefold vinyl release and to really appease the old school enthusiasts, a cassette release as well. Mixed reviews for the album have veered from a paltry 4 out of 10 from NME to an enthusiastic response from The Independent’s Simon Price – a long time Ant fan. It’s Ant’s first solo album since 1995’s Wonderful, so there’s a lot riding on this release in terms of his reputation and the sheer length of time it’s been in gestation.

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Elbow, Asleep In The Back [Deluxe Edition] Album Review

Review of Elbow's album Asleep In The Back [Deluxe Edition]

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Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid Album Review

The Seldom Seen Kid
Album Review

Elbow have been out of the limelight for a fair spell of time, and what better instant to come back than in the wake of a new year; new beginnings, new revivals, new revitalizations, and all that jazz. To be frank "The Seldom Seen Kid" is a fabulous album to rejuvenate ones career with. It's magical, thought-provoking, dynamic and most-of-all it's classic Elbow.

This band has always come under tough criticism from music-critics. They've always been put down, tore to shreds, kicked in the teeth and have frankly had an immense wall erected between them and creditability. Honestly, it's a shame that they've been treated that way because, underneath the surface, they are totally exquisite and utterly ingenious. "The Seldom Seen Kid" is jam-packed with really strong and inspiring tracks. Some beautiful acoustic songs, alongside some fairly vibrant and atmospheric tunes.a great comeback album from a band that have been sorely missed.

Danny Black



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