Divers (studio album) by Joanna Newsom

Divers
Divers by Joanna Newsom
Year: 2015
Release date: 2015-10-23
Overall rank: 782nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 20 albums of 2015 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (111th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (782nd)
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Joanna Newsom bestography

Divers is ranked 4th best out of 7 albums by Joanna Newsom on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Joanna Newsom is Ys which is ranked number 182 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,420.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 309 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.2/100, a mean average of 79.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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From 07/15/2019 18:28
I got past the initial fear of Joanna’s mewly voice a long time ago and quickly became aware of how phenomenal a musician she is. But just as I was questioning what new ideas she could present, Divers came along and showed me that while she might not be able to shake off her granola image, she’s definitely a modern artist.

Best track: You Will Not Take My Heart Alive. From the harp trills and melismata to the ominous synth towards the end, this is one of her greatest pieces of music.
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From 02/04/2017 12:38
Not some of her best work, but undeniably consistently beautiful throughout with no clear weak tracks. A great piece of art.
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75/100
From 06/25/2016 15:55
A very good album but still probably Joanna Newsom's weakest so far. Not as quirky and strong as, milk eyed mender, and not as gloriously ambitious as, ys, and, have one on me, still, a weaker Joanna Newsom record is still pretty fantastic and I'm sure there is a lot more to come from her, but this is my least favourite one of her records to date.
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80/100
From 05/10/2016 22:21
Anecdotes made me listen through the whole album.
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From 01/28/2016 15:53
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90/100
From 01/21/2016 00:06
It's got a lot going for it. The lyrics are a legitimate attempt at a "theory of everything", with some considerable success, and capturing some of the most nuanced and poetic turns-of-phrase since all of those literary masters (Nabokov, Shakespeare, Wolfe, what have you).

The music is now substantially different from "Ys" (admittedly the only other album I have listened to thus far), with much more of a progressive atmosphere here that's especially reminiscent of Jethro Tull (Thick as a Brick, Songs from the Wood), abandoning the "freak folk" soundscapes. It's evocative and wistful, and serves a purpose beyond just being a soundtrack to a story. Her style of storytelling, too, has refined its nuances, resembling a Japanese Noh drama more than a Chinese opera, as on "Ys".

I ultimately only give it an "A-" however. The second half is far less rich musically than the first, and the pure scope of it all can leave a sour taste on the tongue, even as it is extraordinarily impressive at moments. Sometimes the orchestra sounds a bit fake.
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70/100
From 01/11/2016 19:33
This for me is her best album it seems a little more accessible than her previous works. Her voice is a matter of taste but I don't find it as annoying on this album. I can only listen to Ys for about 10 mins before I give up. This effort seems easier on the ear.
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85/100
From 12/23/2015 04:30
Speechless... What a beautiful album...
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From 11/24/2015 11:28
Well the only thing slightly dissapointing here is that Divers feels like the first Newsom album that isn't a radical departure from what's come before, mainly cause it comprises many familiar threads of her previous albums: the fairy-tale sweetness of Milk-Eyed Meander, the ultra-opaque song structures and bewitching, multi-layered fable-style storytelling of Ys and that crescending, very new-york-jazzy atmosphere that dominated the latter half of Have One on Me. A radical knockout or shock to the system it may not be, at least on first listen, but in many ways it doesn't matter because Divers is just splendid. Has both a lovely playfulness and a newfound earthly maturity of the more seasoned but still eternally young-at-heart misfit artist Newsom's always been.
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75/100
From 11/04/2015 15:30
I won't go as far as saying this is a disappointment but I will say it's a step back for me. It somehow lacks the magic of "Ys" and the personal touches of "Have One On Me." Maybe it's the orchestral arrangements that accompany it, while beautifully done, take something away from the songwriting. That being said, this album done by any other contemporary artist would be a masterpiece. I should note that this is after only two listens. "Have One One Me" was a bit of a grower for me and now stands as my favorite.
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