Little Fictions is masterfully structured in a way that walks the listener through every step of the story that the album tells. The perfectly paired vocals of Guy Garvey and grandiose instrumentals in the first song, Magnificent (She Says) set the tone of the whole album. Starting off with a high-energy guitar and then transitioning into an orchestral violin, the song creates a feeling of new beginning like the theme song to a movie reel of a couple dancing in the rain just before the climax of their story. The album continues further into the narrative with the song Gentle Storm, which picks up the story told in Magnificent (She says) this time with more telling lyrics. Garvey asks his love interest; the gentle storm, to rage his way.
Elbow pulls the listener into the story with both of these introductory songs and walks them through the excitement and infatuation of the beginning of his love, emotionally investing them in the story only to rip those giddy feelings away with the songs to follow, taking the listener down a similar emotional path than the one he endured. Each of the following songs takes on a different emotional tone, from anger, to sadness, despair, betrayal, and then forgiveness. The emotional roller-coaster that the album takes you on is magnificently relatable and captivating. Elbow is nothing less than a life lesson wrapped up in the soothing vocals of Garvey and enchanting instrumentals that accompany him in this narrative.
The final song of the album leaves you feeling calm and reflective, in a sort of clarity that only the feeling of love and lose can give you. In that way Little Fictions has not only perfectly captured the ups and downs of heartbreak, but also effectively left the listener with something more than a new playlist to listen to. With this album Little fictions has given all their fans anthems to comfort them in times of heartbreak and a story to relate to, which gives the album amazing depth and exceptional quality.
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