I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I saw her live like… a year ago? It’s now firmly my favourite of hers, and I guess that’s saying a lot given that Ys was/is one of my all-time favourites too.
I really love the way her classic ‘old-fashioned’ sounding songs are interspersed seamlessly between more modern compositions found in Divers, to create a unified whole that sounds like both things at once. Love how you don’t even need to listen to the lyrics to get so much pleasure from the lyricism; you just let the words wash over you while they bound together in all the rhythm, assonance, alliteration that litters the album in irregular patterns. But the lyrics are also amazing, obviously - often both incredibly smart and beautiful but always at least one of those things, at any given time.
I love how with every one of her albums I’ve always been able to let the lyrics just sink into me and gain meaning organically; one day, after months of listening to the album, I’ll just decide to read the lyrics to a song whilst listening along to it, eventually finding something where someone talks about what it all means, after which I’ll listen to the song again and probably again. I stumbled on this blog today and it’s really great, does such a great job of interpreting her lyrics, with the sort of enthusiasm that they deserve
Found the posts on Divers and Waltz of the 101st Lightborne Elite particularly fun and great.
Can’t overstate how amazing she is.