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Amarantine

EnyaAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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It is one of the most extraordinary stories in contemporary music. Very few people would have seen the potential fully, when a young slip of a girl from Donegal, on the remote north western tip of Ireland, by the name of Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, first hooked up with Nicky Ryan and his partner Roma Ryan.

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000B8QEYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Less Than A Pearl
2. Amarantine
3. It's In The Rain
4. If I Could Be Where You Are
5. The River Sings
6. Long Long Journey
7. Sumiregusa
8. Someone Said Goodbye
9. A Moment Lost
10. Drifting
11. Amid The Falling Snow
12. Water Shows The Hidden Heart

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From the first blanket of choral voices awash in reverb, Amarantine is instantly recognizable as a product of Enya, the Irish chanteuse who has created a genre unto herself. Although it's been five years since her last CD, on Amarantine it's as if time stood still. The triumvirate of Enya, lyricist Roma Ryan, and producer Nicky Ryan work the formula they perfected on Watermark, layering her voice in lush choirs pushed along by pizzicato synth strings, swooning orchestral pads, and harpsichord arpeggios. On tracks like "Less Than a Pearl" and "Drifting," Enya flirts with a timeless sound born in gothic chants and hymns. The former is one of three songs that she sings in Roma Ryan's fictitious language of Loxian. It seems to free her, especially on "The River Sings," a veritable rave-up where she gets the tribal choir going in the style of Scottish mouth music. But to get there you have to slog through slo-mo ballads that manage to be dirge-like and singsong at the same time, like the Carpenters on Quaaludes. The relatively restrained arrangement of "It's in the Rain" almost attains a folk-like simplicity that Enya hasn't experienced since she sang with her siblings in Clannad a quarter-century ago. Amarantine sounds like it was born in cloistered solitude, self-referentially echoing Enya albums past. --John Diliberto

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The first album in five years from Enya follows the biggest-selling album of her illustrious career, the six-times platinum A Day Without Rain, which transcended all commercial expectations. Having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, Enya is one of the most successful female artists of all time and second only to U2 as the biggest selling Irish artist in history.

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386 of 431 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...rhymes with "Honor On Time." :o) November 22, 2005
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Lord, I can hear the cynics & naysayers now...they are gonna LOVE this one. But we'll get to that (briefly) later.

For those of us who knew what quality music was way back in 1986, we suspected upon hearing THE CELTS that a new & vital talent had been sprung upon the world, and with each successive CD, Enya has proven one thing repeatedly: When you find a formula that works, sticking with it is usually a wise thing to cement a devoted fan base. For me, several elements fell together that held me spellbound from the moment I heard my first Enya track (Boadicea) on a radio program called Music from the Hearts of Space: Beautiful use of electronic keyboards. Beautiful songs varying in nature from upbeat ditties to the most heartbreakingly haunting ballads. And, of course, that beautiful, angelic voice, used as a solo instrument unto itself and multi-tracked into the most heavenly of choirs...I'd never heard an artist use her voice in that manner since the days of Jon Anderson, both as a vocalist with Yes and a collaborator with Vangelis. That formula, probably to no one's surprise, thrives and survives on Amarantine. To be honest and fair, the previously alluded-to cynics & naysayers will sigh and say, "...just another Enya disc." Let them say what they will. Dedicated Enya fans such as myself will, I am certain, LOVE this new recording and sing its praises for years to come.

The opening track, Less Than A Pearl, is a classic opening Enya track, with a majestic chorus of "Ahhh's" that will have you singing along with her immediately. The title piece: there's the hit single formula again, with the pizzicato electronic strings and the typical light melody--sure to be another in her string of hits & instantly likeable.
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142 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five dry years since "A Day Without Rain" November 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Fans have been crying for an album from Enya (born Eithne Ni Bhraonáin) for five dry years since "A Day Without Rain" gave us the huge single "Only Time".

The magical team Enya, comprising Enya (the composer/performer), Nicky Ryan (producer) and Roma Ryan (lyrics), does not disappoint with "Amarantine", a gorgeous album and a beautiful single. The only problem with this album is that it's only twelve songs long, which won't keep us going for another five years.

Mostly in English this time, three tracks are written in a new language similar to Elvish from "The Lord of the Rings", so there's no need to adjust your headphones or fiddle with your equalizer if you don't get some of the lyrics.

Other than "Amarantine", the song "It's In the Rain" is the most memorable, evoking memories of "Only Time". All the tracks are good, but the other stand outs are "The River Sings" (one of the Loxian language songs); "Long Long Journey" and "Someone Said Goodbye".

A must-buy for any Enya or Clannad fan.

Amanda Richards, November 26, 2005
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best since "Shepherd Moons" December 1, 2005
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I'm one of Enya's dedicated fans, but it doesn't mean that everyhing she does is automatically fantastic and superb in my ears. I could be critical towards her if there would be a reason, but fortunately, there hasn't been reason yet. "The Memory of Trees" was a bit of a let-down for me, but still a good record.

And so it's her 6th one, "Amarantine". Actually I consider it to be one her Top 3, only "Watermark" and "Shepherd Moons" ahead. So all of these negative reviews here from 'the dedicated fans' have amazed me. It seems that there are two different "Amarantine" copies in circulation, because it's beyond my comprehension how anyone can give this record a one star and still love Enya's previous works.

Enya is enya, she's doing music which has her character all over it. If she would change her style, that would not be Enya anymore. And what kind of changes in her style she is supposed to make? A country record perhaps? Or techno? Please... Those who find her repetitive, I think it's a bit too late to say it after the 6th album. I would have stopped listening her ten years ago, and not bothered to try her albums anymore.

And this album is no way "A Day Without Rain part II". Many things have changed from that record. There is only one instrumental this time, when others had three. There is no Latin, but Japanese and Loxian, a totally new language created by a lyricist Roma Ryan. All songs Enya sang by Loxian are quite different in styles than on "A Day Without Rain". "Less Than a Pearl" could have been on "The Celts" album, "The River Sings" is a bit like "Ebudae" from "Shepherd Moons". "Water Shows the Hidden Heart" is one of Enya's finest moments in her whole career. I think she has not made anything similar before.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Enya comes back after a five year-long musical hiatus with an album that surpasses the quality and depth of "A Day Without Rain" and one that results a tad less commercial than it. However, it's not without formulas. It goes back to the tried-and-true Enya blend of Celtic and New Age that she has continued to refine since her "Orinoco Flow" days, yet one that most of us continue to enjoy.

This time around, she has departed from her previous work in one respect: three of the tracks are sung in Loxian, an imaginary Elvish-like language created by her longtime lyrical partner, Roma Ryan. The overall result in the album sticks with you and is bound to make of "Amarantine" as big a success as its predecessor was. Still, I am going to give it 4.5 (and not 5) stars, since it still lacks innovation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great follow up to A Day Without Rain. Enya sounds great even without vocal layering, as this album proves.
Published 26 days ago by N. W. Quesenberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album
This is a beautiful album. It seemed different from Enya's previous albums, and the sound is entrancing. I love it!
Published 1 month ago by Joe Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enya Is One Of The Best
Her sound, along with the musicians with whom she sings are a perfect match. I play her albums for hours.
Published 2 months ago by Bdrof
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC!!!!!
If you like songs that soothe your spirit, then you will LOVE Enya's collection!!! She is my favorite song writer!!
Published 2 months ago by Halsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Ear candy
Enya has done it again. I love this CD and Enya's beautiful voice. I can listen to this again and again and frequently do on my earphones and portable CD player when I go to bed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia A Freese
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic vocals and musical back up like nothing else
Amarantine is a stirring almost mesmerizing production of this VERY TALENTED timeless voice. I actually have all of her CD's and have 'Enya days" when it is just her, me and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. wheat
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my fave singers
I have loved her work for years and have
a couple of her recordings. When I heard
one of the songs on NCIS, knew I had to
get this.
Published 4 months ago by Karen McClung
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps my mind rest.
When I listen to Enya, I feel calm and quiet. I just love the way the music makes me feel.
Published 5 months ago by katherine ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars God bless Enya
If there come the singers, the dancers and the flute players, buy of their gifts also. For they too are the bearers of fruits and frankensince. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jack Akins
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Hit
She is at her very best and matured beautifully in her voice and music and as all fans have suggested she finally has sang her versions of a Christmas hit great to listen to whilst... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Hope
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$40 bucks!?
I think that's not a bad price considering some of the prices I've seen it for online..but right now, it's on sale for 29.95, as you can see..but I see that you posted that before the sale.
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