Joanna Newsom ‎– Divers



Anecdotes 6:23
Sapokanikan 5:09
Leaving The City 3:46
Goose Eggs 4:59
Waltz Of The 101st Lightborne 5:19
The Things I Say 2:34
Divers 7:03
Same Old Man 2:26
You Will Not Take My Heart Alive 3:58
A Pin-Light Bent 4:22
Time, As a Symptom 5:20

Versions (7)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DC561 Joanna Newsom Divers(2xLP, Album) Drag City DC561 US 2015 Sell This Version
DC561CD Joanna Newsom Divers(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Drag City DC561CD 2015
DC561 Joanna Newsom Divers(2xLP, Album, TP) Drag City DC561 US 2015 Sell This Version
DC561CD Joanna Newsom Divers(CD, Album) Drag City DC561CD UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version
PCD-18803 Joanna Newsom Divers(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-18803 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
DC561CD-P Joanna Newsom Divers(CD, Album, Promo) Drag City DC561CD-P UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version
DC561CS Joanna Newsom Divers(Cass, Album) Drag City DC561CS US 2015 Sell This Version


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September 15, 2020
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
A bit disappointed with my copy of this release. There is a tiny bit of background noise, as another mentioned, and a bit of warping near the edge of the first vinyl. Biggest problem is a small gouge near the end of Sapokanikan, one of my favorites on the album! Otherwise sounds great.


September 12, 2020
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
Sapokanikan has become, for me, the best song released so far this century. I'm surprised that it wasn't released as a physical single as Radio Six played it a lot in the UK, and there is the sweet video too. The whole album is captivating and I hope there will be more from Joanna soon.


August 13, 2020
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
Oh man, the song Divers transports me to another world. What an utterly captivating and spellbinding ode to love and sadness in almost equal measure.

"And in an infinite regress
Tell me why is the pain of birth
Lighter borne than the pain of death?
I can't claim that I loved you first
But I loved you best"

One of those songs where I just have to commit to entirely when it plays and just let the song wash over me.


March 24, 2020
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
this is easily the most gorgeous vinyl record i own... i have never seen anything in my life like this (reminds me a lot of the said artist ;).

the layout shines through as having a huge amount of thought put into every single detail. with the 4 moon phases shaped on the top of the record labels. above the absolutely siren pluming photographs of Joanna and her Scarlet Macaw. the black sleeves and the glossy lyric cards with the stunning surrealism artwork on the back on them (by Kim Keever). and the matte gatefold artwork is textured ,... wow.

the records themselves aren't 180 gram but they don't need to be. clear, quiet as a mouse and i haven't experienced any interruptions nor skips. what a record to uphold, 10/10.


September 14, 2017
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
If anyone is reading this for pressing quality, I would say I am VERY IMPRESSED by the pressing + recording quality! High five to everyone involved but first and foremost Joanna. Best album of 2015.


August 3, 2016
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561

This album has grown on me so much during the last year. I have always been a fan of her but for me it is kind of a struggle to get into each new album, most likely because of their epic proportions and their complexity. Divers is an absolute joy and I love the subtle innovations in the sound design, with just little pinches of Synthesizer or Reverb used to great effect. For me, the stand outs are opener Anecdotes, the brief but beautiful The Things I Say and the absolutely sublime and lyrically gripping title track.

The vinyl is a bit on the quiet side and you really have to crank it up which, unfortunately, also makes the surface noise more noticable. The gatefold and included artwork envelope however are great to go through and the mysterious cover artwork in all its glossy glory is something I take from my shelf almost every time I go through my collection.


May 11, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561

Very mixed feelings on this one. After hearing 'Sapokanikan' I was incredibly excited for this release. I still feel that it is one of the (if not THE) best songs of 2015. The album as a whole didn't really capture me though sadly. There are some great songs but I felt mostly like I was grasping for something to hold on to.

A good chunk of the tracks have the same cyclic structure which can become tedious and repetitive. Sometimes individual elements or flourishes don't have as big an impact as I think Newsom intends as they kind of blend in and don't pop out that much. This obviously isn't the case all the way through; you have some quint synths in 'You Will Not Take My Heart Alive' which add a really surreal feel to the song as well as the sharp highs on the harp in 'A Pin-Light Bent'.


For the records themselves, they're rather thin and not presented in poly sleeves which I find a shame. The pressing quality is good although there is noticeable surface noise throughout, no big pops but just a gentle fuzz underneath everything; again this isn't a deal breaker but to me it's a bit of a shame.

The album is split across four sides and each of the tracks gets it's own thin glossy insert with a painting on one side and the credits on the reverse. Each of these prints is sized differently to match the ratio of the paintings but it just makes it all feel a little disjointed. Would have much rather had a traditional 12" booklet rather than have to faff about with a bunch of small bits of paper. Something like the booklets included with Scott Walker's 'The Drift' or Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key...' would have been much nicer.

EDIT (Sept 2019)

Have since listened to this a lot more times and it has grown on me a hell of a lot. It's an incredibly painful listen when you really delve into the lyrics and the themes of guilt, anxiety, worry, paranoia, marriage, relationship history etc but it's matched with such lovely flourishing music. Some of the leaps in her voice really make my heart do leaps and tracks like Goose Eggs which I didn't like to begin with just melt me now. Great album that I'm sure I'll listen to for years to come.



October 27, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
The vinyl sleeve is gatefold, and very thick. The outside is very glossy, and is kind of textured. Inside the gatefold is matte and textured, but different from the outside. The two records aren't 180g, but sound great and have lyrics etched in all the runout grooves. They come in plain black sleeves with holes in the middle. There's also another record-sized sleeve with art prints for all the song lyrics and credits, and they all vary in size and have different photos. However the first record is a tiny bit warped, I believe it may be from the lyric cards being shoved in the sleeve.


October 26, 2015
referencing Divers, 2xLP, Album, DC561
10/10 packaging and presentation. Beautiful artwork on the front and back covers, gatefold, double sided poster and the many inserts.