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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the singer-songwriter features the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and arrangements by Nico Muhly and David Longstreth.
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  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Leaving the City
Hay, and a clean stall, and ivy on a garden wall, and a sign saying Sold, and an old coat for the bad cold. I believe in you. Do you believe in... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Nov 6, 2015
    100
    Divers is another meticulous masterpiece from one of the songwriters of her time, an album that’ll still be spellbinding generations from now.
  2. 91
    Joanna Newsom’s fourth full-length, Divers, haunts you like an unanswered question. That’s what makes it so engrossing. You don’t listen to it to figure out what it means. You play it to revel in the mystery of the songs and who, exactly, is the marvelous, mercurial creature singing them.
  3. Oct 22, 2015
    90
    What is arguably Joanna Newsom’s most consistently outstanding record to date.
  4. 83
    Divers takes another logical step, tightening up from the sprawling consistency of Have One on Me without quite tightening up enough to return to Mender’s folk-pop. This is easily Newsom’s most sumptuously arranged album, with a more eclectic palette of instruments than she’s previously employed.
  5. Oct 27, 2015
    80
    For the most part Divers is a magic carpet ride that finds Newsom still spinning wild (and generally impenetrable) interwoven yarns with the jaw-dropping dexterity of a modern-day Scheherazade.
  6. Oct 23, 2015
    80
    Newsom can make her audience work almost as hard as she does, but the rewards are worth it: Dazzling, profound and affecting, Divers' explorations of time only grow richer the more time listeners spend with them.
  7. Oct 16, 2015
    75
    Newsom can still be a daunting listen, and Divers requires time and attention to fully embrace. Those who do invest in it will find an artist whose highly personal art is edging toward the universal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    Joanna Newsom is becoming repetitive - she has released yet another masterpiece. Divers is an exceptional piece of art. A deep exploration ofJoanna Newsom is becoming repetitive - she has released yet another masterpiece. Divers is an exceptional piece of art. A deep exploration of time, love and what connects the two. It's not as challenging as Have One On Me, nor as approachable as The Milk-Eyed Mender. She has found a middle ground. It's a record where you don't have to delve so deep to find the diamond. The instrumentation is her most experimental to date, and she has done something I have never heard before on an album - echoing melodies throughout the entire album - a brilliant innovation. I applaud this woman. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    I have been a Joanna Newsom fan since her first album, "The Milk-Eyed Mender," which still has my favorite Joanna song to date: "Clam, Crab,I have been a Joanna Newsom fan since her first album, "The Milk-Eyed Mender," which still has my favorite Joanna song to date: "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie." I don't say that to brag. It's more of a disclaimer. Basically I'm warning you that I liked her even when she used to really screech.

    I love "Divers." It's a great album by any metric. Lyrically. Melodically. Personality. It has it all.

    "Divers" is more like "Ys" than her other two albums. The production quality is terrific. The many layers of sounds work. It's easy to get caught in the emotion of the album and let yourself join Newsom on her journey.

    I didn't like "Have One On Me" nearly as much as this album. HOOM was just too long. It intimidated me. It still does. Maybe one day I'll be able to access it.

    If you're a Newsom fan then you should definitely get this album.

    My favorite two tracks are "The Things I Say" and "Goose Eggs." Start with those if you aren't sure about buying the whole record.
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  3. Jul 30, 2017
    10
    Divers is my favorite Joanna album to date. her lyricism is unparalleled, her orchestration is eternally breathtaking, her voice so powerfulDivers is my favorite Joanna album to date. her lyricism is unparalleled, her orchestration is eternally breathtaking, her voice so powerful in its intricacy. check out Anecdotes, Sapokanikan, Waltz of the 101st Lightborne, The Things I Say and Time, As a Symptom if you wanna be truly blown away Expand
  4. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    Each listen uncovers further depth: the musical, lyrical, narrative and thematic connections and interactions between the eleven songs ofEach listen uncovers further depth: the musical, lyrical, narrative and thematic connections and interactions between the eleven songs of Divers are a testament to its intricacy and the extraordinary vision of its creator. Together, these songs form a self-contained world of joy and despair, where each of the album's darker themes (mortality, loss, and time itself figure prominently on the record) is perfectly counterbalanced against strength, courage and love. It's the sort of world you wouldn't mind getting lost in and ending up staying awhile- many will. With this masterpiece of a concept album, Joanna Newsom has further cemented her place as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our -or any- time. Expand
  5. Dec 29, 2015
    9
    I love Joanna Newsom, and her new Album is just magical. every track is full of personality and delight as each track unfolds into this wonderI love Joanna Newsom, and her new Album is just magical. every track is full of personality and delight as each track unfolds into this wonder and awe from a musical, lyrical and narrative standpoint. Go buy it, if u go to the website u can get a really coolbeanz*reference* Cassette version of the album. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2015
    9
    Excellent album, with just enough fairy dust to carry you to Neverland! Perhaps not the most musically original, but it is a powerful lyricalExcellent album, with just enough fairy dust to carry you to Neverland! Perhaps not the most musically original, but it is a powerful lyrical study of time, birth, life, and death. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2015
    0
    I listen to an album like this and come away thinking, 'there are people who actually enjoy this?' it kind of reminded of me of the "dumb andI listen to an album like this and come away thinking, 'there are people who actually enjoy this?' it kind of reminded of me of the "dumb and dumber' scene where jim carrey talks about the most annoying sound one can possibly make. with most critically acclaimed albums, I think that maybe I missed something on the first listen and I'm willing to give it another spin. With "Divers," I was like, 'dear god, please don't make me listen to this again.' Expand

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