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Celts
     

The Celts

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by Enya
 

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Initially released simply as Enya, The Celts shows that the style she became famous for on Watermark was already well under way. With production and lyrical help fully in place thanks to her husband-and-wife gurus Nicky and Roma Ryan, Enya's combination of Celtic traditionalism and distinctly

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Initially released simply as Enya, The Celts shows that the style she became famous for on Watermark was already well under way. With production and lyrical help fully in place thanks to her husband-and-wife gurus Nicky and Roma Ryan, Enya's combination of Celtic traditionalism and distinctly modern approach finds lush flower here. All the elements that characterize her music -- open, clear nods to her Irish heritage, any number of vocal overdubs to create an echoing, haunting feeling, and layers of synth and electronic percussion -- can be found almost track for track. The flip side is that those who find such a combination to be gloopy mush won't be at all convinced further by her work here. It's understandable why folk music traditionalists and anti-mainstream types would get the hives, but those not coming from that angle will find much that's rewarding. Given that The Celts is a commissioned piece of work, it actually stands on its own quite well. The charging surge of the title track functions both as a fine introduction and its own stirring, quietly powerful anthem, a good sign for the rest of the album. There are a couple of slight missteps -- an electric guitar solo disrupts the string-and-vocal flow of the truly lovely "I Want Tomorrow," for instance. Generally, though, her musical instincts serve her very well, with many striking highlights. The appropriately three-part "Triad" showcases her ear for vocal work excellently, while both versions of "To Go Beyond," especially the second, which closes the disc with an exquisite extra string part, also are worthy of note.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1995
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624568124
catalogNumber:
45681
Rank:
5794

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The Celts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CELTS is good, but not on my list of the must-have Enya records. Probably my 5rd favorite of her wonderful collection. However, that being said, Enya's music is unique in the whole world- she puts so much time and thought into making the records, and even this early less mature work is really special compared to other records. There is merit here if you've heard the rest of Enya and want more. Also if you're hungry for more I highly recommend Genie Nilsson's WHISPER and ANGELS ALL AROUND.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I come at this from a different angle than most of Enya's fans. I grew up listening to The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Renaissance. This CD has a similar lush , dreamy and consistant soundscape as their best material . This CD is the perfect thing to unwind with at the end of the day. This is not traditional Celtic folk music. It is all about electronic overlays. The production work is note-worthy given that it was done 20 years ago. I have ALL of Enya's CD's and this is my favorite one.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
While Enya's music is always good listening for easy sunny mornings, The Celts is rather more soothing than her usual albums. Enlivened by sprightly beats and even an electric guitar solo at times, the music nonetheless maintains a dreamy, peaceful atmosphere. The songs are unique enough to be interesting, but pace from one to the next without entirely drawing the listener into complete awareness of the music. For exactly that reason, this isn't my favorite Enya album---although I do enjoy it---but I do think it's especially well suited for meditation or relaxation or any situation when one might wish for some inspirational but not distracting background music.
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