Artwork by Goswijn Simons
Painting in artwork by Goswijn Simons
Portrait paintings on back of booklet by Lonneke Pennings
Pictures by John Wouters
|Design and composition
|Connection to the music
There has been a lot of talk about the similarities between this cover and the new Dream Theater cover (Scenes From A Memory). Someone said that Lemur Voice had made a copy of DT's artwork. Please get those thought out of your head! First of all, I think that Divided was released before Scenes From A Memory, so if one of these is a copy it must be the DT disc. But I actually don't think a cover with a distorted face on it can be called a copy. There must be hundreds of albums with the same motive on. Take, for example, Brave by Marillion.
I find Divided more striking than Scenes. I guess it's because of the clearer colours and the large logotype. On the other hand, I think Scenes is better executed and has a lot more emotions in it. The booklet of Divided is a sad chapter, though, filled with ugly pictures. It's also hard to read some lyrics because there is too much going on in the images behind the words. On the back of the booklet, there are five paintings of the band members. They are really nice, but they don't work very well together with the rest of the artwork.
Another thing that annoys me is that the record company's name is printed in the lower left corner of the front cover. Yikes!
Still, this cover is 10 times better than the one on the previous Lemur Voice album, Insights, but I do prefer the simpler booklet of that album compared to the Divided mess.