Shepherd Moons

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Calling Shepherd Moons a near carbon copy of Watermark puts it quite mildly. Like Watermark, Shepherd Moons opens with the title track, a calm instrumental, has another brief instrumental titled after a Dora Saint book smack in the middle "No Holly for Miss Quinn", and concludes with a number incorporating a striking uilleann pipes solo, "Smaointe...." In general, Enya's own musical style and work remains the same, again assisted on production by Nicky Ryan and with lyrics by Roma Ryan. Shepherd Moons does have one key factor that's also carried over from Watermark -- it's quite good listening. Though the total continuity means that those who enjoy her work will again be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Calling Shepherd Moons a near carbon copy of Watermark puts it quite mildly. Like Watermark, Shepherd Moons opens with the title track, a calm instrumental, has another brief instrumental titled after a Dora Saint book smack in the middle "No Holly for Miss Quinn", and concludes with a number incorporating a striking uilleann pipes solo, "Smaointe...." In general, Enya's own musical style and work remains the same, again assisted on production by Nicky Ryan and with lyrics by Roma Ryan. Shepherd Moons does have one key factor that's also carried over from Watermark -- it's quite good listening. Though the total continuity means that those who enjoy her work will again be pleased and those who dislike it won't change their minds, in terms of finding her own vision and sticking with it, Enya has increasingly polished and refined her work to a strong, elegant degree. "Caribbean Blue," the lead single, avoids repeating the successful formula of "Orinoco Flow" by means of its waltz time -- a subtle enough change, but one that colors and drives the overall composition and performance, the closest Enya might ever get to a dance number. Some songs call to mind traditional Irish music even more strongly than much of her earlier work, while two other tracks are haunting rearrangements of old, traditional numbers. With her trademark understated drama in full flow many other places, especially on the wonderful "Book of Days" replaced on later pressings with an English language version done for the film Far and Away, Enya shows herself to still have it, to grand effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1991
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992677523
  • Catalog Number: 26775
  • Sales rank: 10,843

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shepherd Moons (3:42)
  2. 2 Caribbean Blue (3:58)
  3. 3 How Can I Keep from Singing? (4:23)
  4. 4 Ebudae (1:54)
  5. 5 Angeles (3:57)
  6. 6 No Holly for Miss Quinn (2:40)
  7. 7 Book of Days (2:32)
  8. 8 Evacuee (3:50)
  9. 9 Lothlórien (2:08)
  10. 10 Marble Halls (3:53)
  11. 11 After Ventus (4:05)
  12. 12 Smaointe (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enya Primary Artist, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Andy Duncan Percussion
Roy Jewitt Clarinet
Liam O'Flynn Pipe
Nick Ryan Percussion
Nicky Ryan Percussion
Steve Sidwell Cornet
Liam O'Flionn uillean pipes
Technical Credits
Enya Arranger, Composer
Roma Ryan Composer
Greg Jackman Engineer
Nick Ryan Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Nicky Ryan Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Rob Dickins Executive Producer
Gregg Jackman Engineer
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    Easy to listen and facilitate relaxing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Wonderful

    This is a wonderful album. Not only does it have slow, easy songs, but faster songs as well. All who hear it will like at least one of the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Peaceful, soothing, like a Whisper

    Shepherd Moons is one of the must-have Enya records. Probably my 3rd favorite of her wonderful collection. Enya's music is unique in the whole world- she puts so much time and thought into making the records. If you're hungry for more I highly recommend Genie Nilsson's WHISPER and ANGELS ALL AROUND.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Evokes memories of Civil War Virginia

    How, you ask? For 6 days my teen dtr. and I drove around Virginia visiting (1) several of my great-grandfather's union army civil war battlefields; (2) locations around Charlottesville where two other ancestral families lived during and after the American Revolution; and (3) on a warm, misty-rain drive along the top of the Blue Ridge Mtn. highway. I have a keen ability to ''put myself back in time'' and this music played a key role in my doing that. Of course I guess my ancestors never heard music even remotely similar to this, but for me, this album will always evoke memories of them and the places in Virginia that I visited that summer. I love it...and it has always been my favorite of hers. Lost the tape, now I'm buying the CD. Thank you Enya for over a hundred hours of musical pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Songs from the Angels

    If heaven did have a soundtrack,I'm sure this would be it.What a beautiful voice Enya has,and this album is so rythmic and flowing,it's sure to give goosebumps.Afer Ventus,and soundtrack are my favorites,but there isn't a bad song on this album.As with Watermark,this album stays true to hauntingly peaceful,yet intense music.One of the most impressive albums i have ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Enya CD!

    I love all of Enya's music but I hold a special place in my heart for this CD. I find it to be simply the most beautiful and peaceful of her albums. I think this is the best one to give as a gift to someone not familiar with her music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its really great, it so beautiful to hear!!

    I love all the album of enya. I love most the shepherd moon and the memory of trees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you'll need it!!!

    I completly felt in love with this album because it's very soft and peaceful. Everyone must have this album!...

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