Amarantine

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been five years since Enya last emerged from the studio with a new album -- a huge span in the realm of pop culture, but a mere blip in the seemingly changeless sonic universe ruled by the Irish singer. In some ways, Amaratine picks up the thread Enya left dangling with A Day Without Rain -- the misty perspectives, the cocooning vocal layers -- but she does expand the palette. For one thing, she's moved away from singing in her native Gaelic, largely concentrating on English-language material but also roving into Japanese on the breathless "Sumiregusa" and an invented tongue she's dubbed Loxian. The three songs in the latter language -- which longtime lyricist ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been five years since Enya last emerged from the studio with a new album -- a huge span in the realm of pop culture, but a mere blip in the seemingly changeless sonic universe ruled by the Irish singer. In some ways, Amaratine picks up the thread Enya left dangling with A Day Without Rain -- the misty perspectives, the cocooning vocal layers -- but she does expand the palette. For one thing, she's moved away from singing in her native Gaelic, largely concentrating on English-language material but also roving into Japanese on the breathless "Sumiregusa" and an invented tongue she's dubbed Loxian. The three songs in the latter language -- which longtime lyricist Rona Ryan adapted from Tolkien's Elvish dialect -- are perhaps the disc's most hypnotic, in part because listeners are left with little choice but to drift along and accept Enya's vocal lines as just another instrument albeit a gorgeous one. She makes the most of that venture on the appropriately titled "Drifting," which builds to peaks suited to a Gothic cathedral, but most intriguing is the album's overall restraint, which is particularly palpable on folk-like songs such as "It's in the Rain," a brisk tune that's reminiscent of Enya's work with Clannad all those years ago. Then again, this is Enya's world, where time melts away with the merest breath -- a source of delight, no doubt, to its many visitors.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624947424
  • Catalog Number: 49474
  • Sales rank: 22,625

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enya Primary Artist, Vocals, Various
Roma Ryan Fonts
Technical Credits
Enya Composer
Roma Ryan Composer, Lyricist, Artwork, Cover Design
Nicky Ryan Arranger, Cover Design, Audio Production
Dick Beetham Mastering
Daniel Polley Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They never let you down

    wonderful as always!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ENYA IS MY FAVORITE SOLO PERFORMER

    I love Enya's music, and I have 5 of her CDs. This is my most recent purchase and while it is not my favorite of the five I have, I still enjoy listening to it very much. The title song best represents the
    music I enjoy most from Enya, but I enjoy everything on this CD, and
    I can say that of all of her CDs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All of Enya's music sound the same.

    While I have enjoyed Enya's 2 previous CD's they both sound pretty much the same with very little variation in sound and style. I was hoping that this CD would sound a bit different since its been a while for Enya to record this CD, but alas, this one sounds like her other CD's. I wonder if others will start to become bored with her music as well? I am disappointed for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enya : A True 21st Century Genius

    On her earlier disc Enya was hoping for a "A Day Without Rain" -- on "Amarantine", Enya has enveloped herself in a water theme. From the beautiful pop yearnings of "It's In The Rain" to the melancholy of "Water Shows the Hidden Heart" and "Amid the Falling Snow" and then to the tribal, propulsive "The River Sings". Overall, there is a somber mood to "Amarantine". Amidst a troubled world, it's so nice to have this beautiful music to relax to. Listening to Enya is like meeting an old friend. You don't ever want them to change : you just love them the way they are. But along with this unconditional love comes welcoming arms for growth and change. As Enya uses a ficticious language, Loxian, we see this growth and change in Enya. Also, Enya's voice is front and center on this album on some songs -- instead of the layered multi-dubs (I love both)-- "Amarantine" is a work of art from a woman with deep passions. We are so lucky to hear the sounds of such a Beautiful Soul -- as Enya. (As an aside, I just hope that we don't have to wait 5 years until the next recording) --- I love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a Masterpiece but still one of the best of the year

    First of all, i'd like to trash the popular idea that only girls like Enya's music. I'm a boy and i love it - well, most of it. The only album i really really like was a Day Without Rain. Shepard Moons had a couple good songs and so did Watermark but they weren't that great. Now, Amarantine. That song is amazing. One of her best ever. It's right up there with "Silver Inches" from A Day. So i bought the album and listened to it. I was kinda dissapointed. I like Less than a Pearl and Amarantine and Long Long Journey and Amid the Falling Snow and Someone Said Goodbye a fair bit, but they don't entrance me. When you listen to Enya on A Day without Rain, you feel like you're in the presence of some Goddess you must prostrate yourself before, but you don't get the appreciation on this album of something so awe inspiring. Only on the title track, Amarantine, do you get a hint of that when she sings "love is love is love!" Amazing. One of her best songs ever, but the rest are only so-so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amarantine

    Amarantine is a masterpiece work by Enya. At first I was unsure about the different languages. She sings one song in Japanese and a couple of songs in Loxian (elf language by JR Tolkein), however, Enya's voice is a perfect musical instrument blending language and tone.The songs flow into each other and the harmonies just take me in and stay with me long after I've turned off the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amarantine

    Amarantine is a collection of soft, gentle tunes. At first I struggled with not understanding the language in some of the songs, but the music has a magical quality that just takes me in. Enya is so multi-talented in different languages and playing different instruments. I just love the harmony and how the songs all seem to follow each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A breath-taking, emotion-evoking album

    Enya has always been one of my favorite Celtic/New Age artists. Ever since I first heard "Orinoco Flow" on one of the Pure Moods albums, I was hooked. Much like Loreena McKennitt (another admirable artist), Enya has done the amazing yet again. I had planned on purchasing "Amarantine" but was instead given the cd as a Christmas gift. The first time I listened to it, I felt my heart move. The title song is so beautiful, it leaves one wanting to hear more. One of the songs moved me to tears, "If I Could Be With You". It just brought a well-spring of memories that I couldn't help but display the emotion I felt in the song. The album overall is magnificent, truly emotional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disapointment

    I Really Love Enya's Works...But this CD...Im not even going to bother buying it after i heard these clips. Im really sad that she's going away from her celtic style because thats what made Enya unique. :( Im heart broken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-listen

    Enya rules! I just love her soothing music and her hauntingly beautiful voice. I like this CD and it has been five years sicne she came out with that song,"Only Time".I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed....but hope springs eternal...

    Okay now, don't get me wrong. I love Enya. I have all her CD's and there are tracks I like more than others. All of her previous CD's had somewhat of the same "feel" though. Amarantine is not like her other CD's. Now, that is fine, but if you are looking for another "Enya" CD, this won't be it. There are some tracks that are okay on Amarantine, including the title track, but it's too much. Her voice is more prominent and louder, not the etheral voice I am used to. It's just different. Wild Violet, Amarantine, and Less than a Pearl are okay. I read the lyrics first to all the songs, then played the CD. I was disappointed. However, that doesn't mean that you won't like it. Change is good, but I hope her next CD will be more like Watermark, Shepherd Moons and A Day Without Rain. Hope this helps...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amarantine

    When I examine all of the other reviews of Enya's newest CD, a common theme emerges: it truly is WONDERFUL to have Enya back, but this CD falls just a little short. That was also my opinion upon first hearing it and, with some exceptions, remains my opinion after the tenth listen. However, I do very much appreciate more of the songs now. Even the songs that fall short possess moments of magic, but it that quality of "almost there" that makes them a tad disappointing. There was potential in many of the songs that was never quite reached. Still, it's like looking at one of Michelangelo's lesser masterpieces. It's still a Michelangelo! (Before I continue my review of "Amarantine", Enya fans who wish she made a full length Christmas CD will instantly fall in love with "Celtic Christmas Spirit" by the undiscovered talent of Caroline Peyton. Her layered vocals and the gorgeous production make you think you really are listening to Enya. She is not an Enya knock-off but a veteran of the stage who just happens to sound amazingly like Enya and whose CD (her only one)will send chills. Easily my most favorite Christmas CD of all time.) That being said: Less Than A Pearl opens fine. But the repetitive "Hi-Ha" middle I find annoying. "It's In the Rain" pretty but too sluggish. I kept hoping she'd switch the key somewhere in the middle just to give it some variety and new pacing. "Amarantine" has a lovely melody but the refrain seems uninspired to my ears. Thus, the first three tracks I find less appealing than the remainder. "If I Could Be Where You Are" is reminiscent of "May It Be", the melody could easily have fit into "The Lord of the Rings." "Long, Long Journey" is one that has grown on me and is now one of my top two songs. "Sumerigusa" is wonderful to listen to with headphones Enya's vocals swirl around from left to right and back again. "Someone Said Goodbye" and "A Moment Lost" also have grown on me. Neither are top of the chart songs but each is wistful, melodic, and somehow make you feel content. The instrumental "Drifting" I find quite compelling. What sounds like a cello becomes more intense as the song progresses. One of the best. "Amid the Falling Snow" is another sweet, melodic tune. Pleasant, it warms you up while describing a winter scene. The final song, "Water Shows the Hidden Heart" is stunning and a reminder of what Enya does so well. My favorite track. In all, Enya's songs still inspire. But my fervent wish is that her next CD comes out in two years , not five, and that the tracks carry that extra bit of magic that is apparent only occasionally in this still quite evocative and worthwhile CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Stunning!!

    This is definitely one the best albums Enya has ever done!Her melodies are so tranquil and if you are a person who wants to be wisped away into another world of complete nsolitude I highly recommend this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That's my Enya!

    I've been patient for 5 years and her new CD is here at last. Enya is my all time favorite artist. This CD is incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking, Exquisite

    This is a MASTERPIECE of music, it truly defines what real talent is compared to manufactured music, Enya, in her power has once again after 5 years provided the Universe with a beautiful awesome, album. This woman's success is proven, without media, without using and abusing sex appeal to sell her records. Enya can only make you feel great, good, wholesome, worthwile and want to dance...esspecially to "The River Sings" the most up-beat Enya song to date!!! with over 80 million sold so far... 5 Stars Enya, the world loves you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Wonderful Work

    Could not wait for this CD to come out, had feared Enya had quit the business it took her so long to come out with this one, but it was worth the wait, and I was not disappointed. This CD is very similar to her last one, but this one has a bit more melancholy to it. Enya seems to be expressing feelings over the loss of a relationship as several of her songs are on that theme, but they are wonderful none the less. Very Highly Recommend this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enya is the Best!!

    Just Brilliant! A work of art. New experimental compositions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amarantine

    There are few artists whose songs I can listen to repeatedly and not get tired of them. Enya is one. I've grown accustomed to enjoying every song on every CD and have marveled at her ability to create such a unique, heavenly, awe-inspiring sound. This new CD has many moments of beauty and grandeur but fewer than I had hoped. Some tracks are just a tad...monotonous. I enjoy them and find myself waiting for the songs to move in some amazing direction and...they don't quite get there. I've listened to the CD three times now and I must admit it grows on me with each listen. But I'm used to Enya's songs captivating me from the first listen--an incredible expectation, I know. My favorite song is the final one. It is like a prayer, a rich, evocative, prayer. So many of the other melodies are catchy in their own way but don't seem to reach the heights Enya songs usually do. I'm hoping by the tenth time I've listened I find all the tracks to be pure gold, as has been the case in the past. But for now, I wait. I enjoy the CD, marvel at some of the tracks, and wait for the rest of them to measure up to the amazing standard Enya has set--and surpassed--so many times before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GEM

    I LOVE THIS CD IT IS ENYA'S BEST I RECOMMEND IT IT IS VERY RELAXING THE MUSIC AND ENYA'S VOICE IS AWESOME BUY IT YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

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