Day Without Rain

A Day Without Rain

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by Enya
     
 

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With the blissfully beautiful A Day Without Rain -- Enya's first album after a nearly five-year drought -- the entrancing Celtic chanteuse builds on the uniquely melodic, ethereal groove that she conceived with 1988's chartbusting Watermark. A passionate perfectionist as well as a gifted melodicist, Enya wraps her signature

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With the blissfully beautiful A Day Without Rain -- Enya's first album after a nearly five-year drought -- the entrancing Celtic chanteuse builds on the uniquely melodic, ethereal groove that she conceived with 1988's chartbusting Watermark. A passionate perfectionist as well as a gifted melodicist, Enya wraps her signature velvet vocals in glistening, lusher-than-life productions. In these 11 songs, her legendary voice meshes with gorgeous orchestral soundscapes, pizzicato synth strings, and carefree, springy rhythmic currents. As on previous albums, the lyrics by longtime Enya collaborator Roma Ryan dwell just on the edge of comprehension -- an affect that adds to the otherwordly mystique of the music. Delicate piano deposits a languid melody on the title track, as Enya's multilayered vocals harmonize like a choir of swooning angels. On "Wild Child" Enya builds a wall of jaunty plucked strings while singing about enjoying life with the spirit of untamed youth. In contrast, however, the ominous "Tempus Vernum" stalks purposefully with pounding timpani, coming-to-get-you gongs, and looming chanters. Like a Gaelic benediction, "Deora Ar Mo Chroi" immediately follows with airy clouds of angelic vocals and soft orchestral drones for Enya to float upon. And you'll hardly be able to resist the impulse to skip across the meadow, flower basket in hand, to the buoyant, slow-motion sway of strings and Enya's carefree vocalise on "Flora's Secret." The whole program is short but rich, and these are some of Enya's strongest melodies yet. So drink it all in, Enya fans, and rejoice at the return of one of the most alluring voices on the planet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Enya's first full-length album of new material in five years (and her fourth in 12 years) will have a familiar sound to the millions who have followed her career so far. As usual, the slow songs sound like "Silent Night" being performed in a cathedral, and the less slow songs are paced by rhythm patterns that would be called pizzicato passages if they were being played on real strings instead of string-like synthesizers. Over the music, Enya sings in her multi-tracked, ethereal voice, making Roma Ryan's lyrics, which are full of pastoral imagery and abstract romantic sentiments, seem even more insubstantial than they already are. In the press materials accompanying the release, Enya explains why it took her five years to come up with less than 34 and a half minutes of music that sounds like most of her earlier music by noting that she plays all the instruments and does all the singing herself without using samples. It might be more accurate to say that there is no need for her to release albums any more frequently than she does, since each one sells over a long period of time. And since her listeners are more concerned with the mood she sets than with musical content, the similarity to her other albums is a good thing. This is music that works almost entirely as a surface pleasure; strip it of its pretensions, and it's just contemporary easy listening music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624742623
catalogNumber:
47426
Rank:
8091

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Performance Credits

Enya   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Enya   Arranger,Composer
Roma Ryan   Composer,Lyricist
Nicky Ryan   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Sheila Rock   Cover Design

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A Day Without Rain 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
outside More than 1 year ago
I love Enya. Her music is great for relaxing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a prerelease version of this CD. It accomplishes nothing new. It would be nice if she'd try to expand her boundaries. Just save yourself the $$ & listen to her other CDs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to say that her songs have gone SO far since her last album. She has REALLY outdone herself this time. There is one thing that is visible in EACH song - unlike her other albums - and that is... PURE JOY....SHE puts an unexplainable joy into my day when I hear these songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enya's vocals are gorgeous as ever -- this is one disc that will absolutely envelop you in its lush mood. It's been too long since Shepherd Moons. It's wonderful to have you back, Enya!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enya has been a consistant top performer since she released the celts. This album continues that tradition. I really like Lazy Days and Wild Child on this album. Also check out Enya.Com great website.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this is a lovely and beautiful CD, it sounds just like all her others. She's not breaking any new ground or trying anything new. Not that that's a bad thing, but I would like to hear something new from her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a long five years for me and for most of the millions of Enya's dedicated fans, but 'A Day Without Rain' makes that wait worthwhile! Sure, some people are criticizing Enya for sticking with essentially the same formula for her songs, but I certainly don't want her to change dramatically. I don't think any of her fans want her to. What we expect are lovingly crafted musical masterpieces and all 11 songs on 'A Day Without Rain' fit that bill perfectly. We trust Enya completely to make every note, whether vocal or instrumental, a critical part of each song and we trust that she would never release an inferior product to her audience. Few artists are as involved in their work or take as much time to carefully compose, perform and produce each track. Enya does and she certainly shouldn't be criticized for that. If you've enjoyed any of Enya's previous works, you'll love this CD as well. The overall tone of this CD seems a little more jovial than her previous work, with the tracks 'Wild Child' and 'Flora's Secret' and 'One by One' and 'Lazy Days' being absolutely delightful. Breathtaking ballads like 'Only Time' and 'Fallen Embers' will soften any heart, while the driving, chant-like 'Tempus Vernum' will grab anyone's attention and sustain it until the final note. This is definitely one of those CDs where you don't want to skip any of the tracks. A 5 star effort without a doubt. Buy and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tracks are pure delight, so uniquely Enya. I have never tired of any of her music and anticipate replaying these new songs with unwavering delight. The style is the same as prior CD's; I don't see any new ground being broken. But that doesn't matter. The tracks are truly uplifting, soul-stirring, and always something to look forward to at the end of a hectic day. Thanks Enya.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enya has a clean relaxing sound. Each song seems to flow into the next. I love listening to this album anytime of the day. Read along with the lyrics the first time you listen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best yet. I listen to album at least 4 times a day since I purchased it. True Enya fans will not be disappointed. I hope she never changes her style of music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being an Enya fan from the very beginning, I was overjoyed to hear that a new CD was finally out. I've had it for 2 days and I must have played it 50 times start to finish. She is indeed a performer that continues to impress her fans. Favorites to enjoy on this CD are Wild Child, Only Time, Flora's Secret, and my absolute favorite, One By One......only Enya can make the word 'Adios' sound so romantic. I'm hoping that it will not be another 5 years until her next release. Enya, thanks for the beautiful music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
enya, the elusive celtic songbird, has released another new age melodic masterpiece...nearly. while occasional listeners and die-hard enya followers alike will enjoy the eclectic mix of uplifting and mood enhancing songs, one cannot help but wonder if enya has hit a plateau in her level of experimentation and creativity. many of the compositions contain familiar notes and segments from some of her past pieces. i am not sure if this was coincidental or just a reflection of her inability to move beyond a certain musical spectrum...either way, as with all of enya's albums, ''a day without rain'' is a very very pleasant journey. i highly recommend it to those of you without expectations of a shift in style or a new feat of creativity. honestly, it is good to have her back after such a long sebatical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enya has always been one of my favorite artist and still is. ''A Day without Rain'' is simply a beautiful album to listen to. No new ground is broken on this album but none needed to be broken. Enya is the master of the New Age Celtic genre and one of the best female vocalist in all music. A must for any true Enya fan and for anyone else who simply loves beautifilly made music. Also recommended: My personal favorites are ''Wild Child'', ''Flora's Secret'' which is the albums best and most fun song and also ''Lazy Days''. The remainder of the album is also solid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sensed a significant change in enya's spiritual life in this new album. To put it simply, she seems happier, more connected. Indeed, her music is predictable, but it gets the job done. I like the sensual, mystical mood it creates. These are some of her best melodies to date, but I agree that she needs to broaden her musical horizons. I recommend this album for those of you who like to listen to your Discman downtown, while feeling like you're in a fairy tale book, on a cloud, with God gently stroking the back of your neck. The cd was worth buying just to have the mysterious ''enya moment''. -college music student
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is definately spirituality in this new album. To put it simply, most of the lyrics and music seem more joyful, more connected. Indeed, her music is predictable, but it gets the job done. I like the sensual, mystical mood it creates. These are some of her best melodies to date, but I agree that she needs to broaden her musical horizons. I recommend this album for those of you who like to listen to your Discman downtown, while feeling like you're in a fairy tale book, on a cloud, with God gently stroking the back of your neck. The cd was worth buying just to have the mysterious ''enya moment''. -college music student
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always Enya transports. I feel as if I have always known these songs. I especially like ''Pilgrim''. Thank you Enya for giving us more of your beautiful music. The vocal and instrumental selections in this album are well balanced. It is over too soon. I am looking forward to a song book to be able to play some of this on my piano or keyboard! Strangely enough, I play Enya back to back with the Vajra chants ''Rain of Blessings'' by Lama Gyurme and Jean-Phillipe Rikel (sp?) and they compliment each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After years of waiting for the release of new music from Enya, all I can say is that this new album was certainly worth the wait. The songs are uplifting, beautiful and magical, and Enya sounds better than ever. A great experience indeed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is, like all of Enya's albums, beautiful to listen to, but the lyrics are rather disappointing. They lack depth. They are nothing more than silly rhymes (see track 11, lazy days). If they have any actual meaning, it is not obvious to the listener, which somewhat defeats the purpose. I will push aside my disappointment in the hopes that any music Enya might release in the future will be better. And you should still listen to the album...the title track is very pretty!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently purchased her ''Paint The Sky With Stars'' CD and was so impressed that I bought 3 of her previously released CD's and plan to buy all her music. I have to agree with other critics that although the quality of the music in this CD is superb I wish the songs were a little longer. The songs seem to be to short which is a little dissapointing when you enjoy each song so much and it ends to soon. Aside from this she is truely talented and her music is very unique with a combination of modern classical and pop with a hint of an Angelic tone. I still recommend you buy this CD. Anybody who has an appreciation for music will certainly enjoy her music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Enya for quite a while now, and when I saw that she had a new CD out, I couldn't help but be excited. Upon listening to it, however, I was a little disappointed. The music is as haunting and mystical as ever, and that's just it--it sounds like all her other CD's. She has a very distinct sound, which makes it very easy to fall into the trap of repetition. Buy the CD--I think it's still worth the money--but don't expect to hear something new.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definately Enya's best effort so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album contains no new territory -- but then, maybe this is what Enya listeners need. But if that is the case, why not put out a same-sound record every one or two years to bulk up the music library of die-hard fans?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enya is the only artist that I can listen to that doesn't bring me down.. She envelopes my soul in her words, her voice, her spirit and always cheers me up! She's truely unlike any other, and I think 'A Day Without Rain' is even better than her last album! It only gets better from here!