Joanna Newsom - Divers
Review: 5 - "A masterpiece of literature" by , written on May 4, 20020
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Joanna Newsom - Divers

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    For all her otherworldly talents, even hardcore fans of Joanna Newsom will likely be relieved to hear that 'Divers' marks a very slight move back from the artistic brink compared to 2010's 'Have One On Me', an exhausting triple-album embarrassment of riches which few ever made it though in one go. Yet there's no hint of compromise on the deliriously thrilling 'Divers', despite its slightly more concise approach - the elegant yet baroque wordplay, ornate and innovative arrangements and Newsom's unique voice are all present and correct - yet more, these emotive and engaging ditties may mark the most accessible thing this iconoclastic and mercurial artist has thus far summoned from the ether.

    Gatefold Vinyl 2LP

    Side 1
    1. "Anecdotes" (6:23)
    2. "Sapokanikan" (5:09)
    3. "Leaving The City" (3:48)
    Side 2
    1. "Goose Eggs" (5:00)
    2. "Waltz Of The 101st Lightborne" (5:19)
    3. "The Things I Say" (2:34)
    Side 3
    1. "Divers" (7:06)
    2. "Same Old Man" (2:26)
    3. "You Will Not Take My Heart Alive" (4:00)
    Side 4
    1. "A Pin-Light Bent" (4:26)
    2. "Time, As A Symptom" (5:19)

    For all her otherworldly talents, even hardcore fans of Joanna Newsom will likely be relieved to hear that 'Divers' marks a very slight move back from the artistic brink compared to 2010's 'Have One On Me', an exhausting triple-album embarrassment of riches which few ever made it though in one go. Yet there's no hint of compromise on the deliriously thrilling 'Divers', despite its slightly more concise approach - the elegant yet baroque wordplay, ornate and innovative arrangements and Newsom's unique voice are all present and correct - yet more, these emotive and engaging ditties may mark the most accessible thing this iconoclastic and mercurial artist has thus far summoned from the ether.

    Gatefold Vinyl 2LP

    Side 1
    1. "Anecdotes" (6:23)
    2. "Sapokanikan" (5:09)
    3. "Leaving The City" (3:48)
    Side 2
    1. "Goose Eggs" (5:00)
    2. "Waltz Of The 101st Lightborne" (5:19)
    3. "The Things I Say" (2:34)
    Side 3
    1. "Divers" (7:06)
    2. "Same Old Man" (2:26)
    3. "You Will Not Take My Heart Alive" (4:00)
    Side 4
    1. "A Pin-Light Bent" (4:26)
    2. "Time, As A Symptom" (5:19)