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Divers (album) by Joanna Newsom

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Divers
Divers by Joanna Newsom (2015)
Release date: 2015-10-23
Overall rank: 1,034th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 2015 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (113th)
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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 198 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,090.

Joanna Newsom album bestography « Higher ranked (731st) This album (1,034th) Lower ranked (21,619th) »
The Milk-Eyed MenderDiversJoanna Newsom & The Ys Street Band

Members who like this album also like: Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire and Have One On Me by Joanna Newsom.

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Average Rating: 
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75/100
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
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Anecdotes made me listen through the whole album.
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90/100
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
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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95/100
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Speechless... What a beautiful album...
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75/100
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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70/100
From Rayzer6
Some really nice arrangements in these songs
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80/100
Like an even more eccentric Kate Bush singing Joni Mitchell. Amazing stuff, she has an incredible voice coupled with beautiful arrangements. Really mellow and easy to listen to, yet when you dig deeper there a lot more going on. Really, really love this record!
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Gosh darn it, she's done it again
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