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1. Orinoco Flow (4:26)
2. Caribian Blue (3:59)
3. The Memory Of Trees (4:18)
4. I Want Tomorrow (4:02)
5. Evening Falls... (3:48)
6. Book Of Days (2:56)
7. Anywhere Is (3:55)
8. To Go Beyond Part one (1:21)
9. To Go Beyond Part two (2:59)
10. Storms In Africa (4:05)
11. Angels (3:58)
12. China Roses (4:44)
13. Portrait (Out Of The Blue) (3:11)
14. Exile (4:21)
15. The Calls (2:56)
16. How Can I Keep From Signing (4:12)
17. On Your Shore (3:58)
18. Shepred Moon (2:59)
19. La Sanadora (3:14)
20. Watermark (2:21)

 

With her blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical motifs, Enya created a distinctive style that more closely resembled new age than the folk and Celtic music that provided her initial influences. Enya is from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, which she left in 1980 to join the Irish band Clannad, the group that already featured her older brothers and sisters. She stayed with Clannad for two years, then left, hooking up with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, with whom she recorded film and television scores. The result was a successful album of TV music for the BBC. Enya then recorded Watermark (1988), which featured her distinctive, flowing music and multi-overdubbed trancelike singing; the album sold four million copies worldwide. Watermark established Enya as an international star and launched a successful career that lasted well into the '90s.

Enya (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin) was born into a musical family. Her father, Leo Brennan, was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band, a popular Irish show band; her mother was an amateur musician. Most important to Enya's career were her siblings, who formed Clannad in 1976 with several of their uncles. Enya joined the band as a keyboardist in 1979 and contributed to several of the group's popular television soundtracks. In 1982, she left Clannad, claiming that she was uninterested in following the pop direction the group had begun to pursue. Within a few years, she was commissioned, along with producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, to provide the score for a BBC-TV series called The Celts. The soundtrack was released in 1986 as her eponymous solo album.

Enya didn't receive much notice, but Enya and the Ryans' second effort, Watermark, became a surprise hit upon its release in 1988. "Orinoco Flow," the first single, became a number one hit in Britain, helping the album eventually sell eight million copies worldwide. Enya spent the years following the success of Watermark rather quietly; her most notable appearance was a cameo on Sinéad O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. She finally released Shepherd Moons, her follow-up to Watermark, in 1991. Shepherd Moons was even more successful than its predecessor, eventually selling over ten million copies worldwide; it entered the U.S. charts at number 17 and remained in the Top 200 for almost four years.

Again, Enya was slow to follow up on the success of Shepherd Moons, spending nearly four years working on her fourth album. The record, entitled Memory of Trees, was released in December 1995. Memory of Trees entered the U.S. charts at number nine and sold over two million copies within its first year of release. In 1997 came the release of a greatest-hits collection, Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs. Enya's first album of new material in five years, Day Without Rain, was released in late 2000. In 2002, she contributed material to the first film in Peter Jackson's award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, scoring a hit with the single "May It Be." Amarantine, her first full-length recording since Day Without Rain, followed in November 2005. A holiday EP, Christmas Secrets, arrived in 2006, followed by an all new, full-length collection of original seasonal music called And Winter Came in 2008. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine & William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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Enya - The Very Best of Enya (iTunes) (2009) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/1026-enya/2861-very-best-of-enya.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/1026-enya/2861-very-best-of-enya.html Enya - The Very Best of Enya (iTunes)(2009)


1.Trains and Winter Rains 3:43
2.My! My! Time Flies! 3:02
3.Stars and Midnight Blue 3:08
4.Amarantine 3:11
5.Sumiregusa (Wild Violet) 4:42
6.The River Sings 2:50
7.If I Could Be Where You Are 4:01
8.Wild Child 3:47
9.Only Time 3:38
10.Drifting 4:11
11.Flora's Secret 4:05
12.Fallen Embers 2:28
13.One By One 3:52
14.Pax Deorum (Remastered 2009) 4:59
15.Athair Ar Neamh (Remastered 2009) 3:42
16.Anywhere Is (Remastered 2009) 3:58
17.Orinoco Flow (Remastered 2009) 4:28
18.Watermark (Remastered 2009) 2:25
19.Boadicea (Remastered 2009) 3:31
20.May It Be 3:32 
21.Caribbean Blue (Remastered 2009) 3:58
22.Aniron

 

The title says it all: here are 18 of Enya’s songs from her career of over 20 years as one of Ireland’s foremost vocalists and composers.

Enya initially entered the spotlight as a member of Clannad, but her solo endeavours would prove more profitable. She hit the top of the UK charts in 1988 with Orinoco Flow (sometimes known erroneously as Sail Away on account of its insistent vocal refrain), from her second solo album Watermark. It opens this collection, acting as an immediate reminder of the impact of her remarkable voice.

Another very familiar song featured here is Anywhere Is – it was a top ten hit in 1995, and is taken from Enya’s Grammy-winning The Memory of Trees album. The one previously unreleased track here, Aniron (I Desire), comes from the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Enya also wrote the ballad May It Be for Peter Jackson’s take on The Fellowship of the Ring, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 – the track closes this set. It’s interesting to note that Hollywood had beckoned earlier, when director James Cameron had invited Enya to write music for Titanic – she turned him down. However, her widescreen, cinematic Storms in Africa, another Watermark highlight, is an early example of why she has been courted by filmmakers ever since breaching the mainstream.

The well-known and much loved characteristics of her writing and performance style are much in evidence throughout this bumper bundle of hits. The muted choral writing wafts through the waltz tune of Caribbean Blue, Book of Days and A Day Without Rain as well as Cursum Perfico, in a minor key, which has a touch of Carl Orff’s choral extravaganza Carmina Burana, an aspect of this artist’s professed classical leaning. Ethereal reverberations echo through a jig, The Celts, with shades of The Scaffold’s Lily the Pink, and the singer’s full vocal powers are heard in the anthemic ballad Only Time.

Other manifestations of her art include a fondness for electronic writing, which runs through the Chopin-esque synthesiser keyboard scales of Aldebaran. Enya, like ABBA, has left an indelible and unmistakeable imprint on the popular music of her day, and this CD – also available in an expanded, bonus-DVD version, with some additional tracks – makes a most tempting seasonal offering. ---Adrian Edwards, BBC Review

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Enya – Amarantine (2005) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/1026-enya/3742-enya-amarantine-2005.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/1026-enya/3742-enya-amarantine-2005.html Enya – Amarantine (2005)

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01. Less than a pearl
02. Amarantine
03. Its in the rain
04. If i could be where you are
05. The river sings
06. Long long journey
07. Sumiregusa
08. Somebody said goodbye
09. A moment lost
10. Drifting
11. Amid the falling snow
12. Water shows the hidden heart

 

Second only to U2 as the most successful Irish recording artist of all time, Enya has built an empire out of multi-tracking her beautiful voice over the same keyboard patches that appeared on her post-Clannad debut since 1987. It's an empire that has progressed at a slow burn, peaking in 2000 and 2001 with her chart-topping ballad and unofficial post-September 11th anthem, "Only Time." Amarantine, Enya's first full-length album in five years, builds on her reputation as the world's premier purveyor of audio comfort food, providing another collection of mini-soundtracks that are often as awkward in their earnestness as they are breathtaking in their production. Boasting 12 new songs that retain the tapestry of sound that is her trademark, while stealthily stripping it of some of its excess, Enya has managed to both repeat herself and move forward without losing anything in the translation. Besides the swirling, "Ebudae"-esque "The River Sings," Enya, lyricist Roma Ryan, and producer Nicky Ryan have crafted the most subtle record of their careers, a move that may alienate some Watermark-era purists. Standout tracks like "Long, Long Journey," "Water Shows the Hidden Heart," and the gorgeous -- but lyrically embarrassing -- title cut show a newfound understanding of the simple power of Enya's voice, resulting in an intimacy that's eluded previous releases. While Amarantine will do nothing to win over the wrongly pegged new age artist's many detractors, longtime fans will find enough moments of serendipitous pleasure to hold them over for another five years. --- James Christopher Monger, RoviSecond only to U2 as the most successful Irish recording artist of all time, Enya has built an empire out of multi-tracking her beautiful voice over the same keyboard patches that appeared on her post-Clannad debut since 1987. It's an empire that has progressed at a slow burn, peaking in 2000 and 2001 with her chart-topping ballad and unofficial post-September 11th anthem, "Only Time." Amarantine, Enya's first full-length album in five years, builds on her reputation as the world's premier purveyor of audio comfort food, providing another collection of mini-soundtracks that are often as awkward in their earnestness as they are breathtaking in their production. Boasting 12 new songs that retain the tapestry of sound that is her trademark, while stealthily stripping it of some of its excess, Enya has managed to both repeat herself and move forward without losing anything in the translation. Besides the swirling, "Ebudae"-esque "The River Sings," Enya, lyricist Roma Ryan, and producer Nicky Ryan have crafted the most subtle record of their careers, a move that may alienate some Watermark-era purists. Standout tracks like "Long, Long Journey," "Water Shows the Hidden Heart," and the gorgeous -- but lyrically embarrassing -- title cut show a newfound understanding of the simple power of Enya's voice, resulting in an intimacy that's eluded previous releases. While Amarantine will do nothing to win over the wrongly pegged new age artist's many detractors, longtime fans will find enough moments of serendipitous pleasure to hold them over for another five years. --- James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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