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Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 11-NOV-1997

New Age diva Enya first became widely known when her 1988 album Watermark sold 4 million copies and launched the single "Orinoco Flow." Her follow-up, Shepherd Moons, was even more successful, selling over 10 million copies despite its slightly lower grade of ethereal enchantment. In 1997 she released Paint the Sky with Stars, an assortment of her best work from these two early albums plus gems from 1995's The Memory of Trees and the soundtrack to the BBC series The Celts. The most melodic and atmospheric examples of Enya's lovely Celtic-flavored songwriting shine on this disc. Those unfamiliar with the former Clannad member will find charm in such sweet lullabies as "Marble Halls" and "China Roses" while delighting in the more energetic "Book of Days," "Storms in Africa," and "Caribbean Blue." Overall, an outstanding collection from an artist who gives New Age a good name. --Karen Karleski

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Orinoco Flow
  2. Caribbean Blue
  3. Book Of Days
  4. Anywhere Is
  5. Only If...
  6. The Celts
  7. China Roses
  8. Shepherd Moons
  9. Ebudae
  10. Storms In Africa
  11. Watermark
  12. Paint the Sky with Stars
  13. Marble Halls
  14. On My Way Home
  15. The Memory Of Trees
  16. Boadicea

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: November 11, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NJH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By T. B. Vick on February 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here is a CD that will reach a wide audience - those who like soundtrack music, those who like classical style, those who enjoy what is known as 'new age' music, and the list goes on.
This is definitely the best of Enya and if you are not acquainted with Enya, this is probably the CD where you would want to start. The music is versatile, from the staccato sounds of Orinoco Flow to the smooth and flowing sounds of China Roses. In places the music is simple, in others intricate, but always enjoyable and pleasant to hear.
This CD is 16 songs from various other works. Some have made it into films other have been a hit with radio air play, but all are well performed, emotional, heartfelt and enjoyable to hear. The CD also has songs which have a Celtic feel (a style where Enya gained her start in music with her family). So, sample to songs above and hear why Enya has become so popular in the last decade. Her music is well worth the investment.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl VINE VOICE on December 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya" deserves accolades. Before Enya, New Age music was only jazzy, beige elevator music. Kenny G wasn't cutting it for many of us.

This is a best-of CD, and a great place for anyone new to the genre. In mentioning that this is New Age mislabels her style, but it is by no means rock, folk or even easy listening.

You know "Orinoco Flow." That's her big hit, but my favorite it the smoothly pulsing "Anywhere Is."

To enjoy this Enya CD, you've got to like her distinct style. Unlike the interchangeability of pop radio musicians, she sings with a voice of her own. Only Enya can sing Enya songs. I wondered if I could listen to an entire Enya CD, afraid her consistency of style would grate on me. The opposite occured, and the risk became my joy.

Like Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire," pointed the listener to consider God, Enya asks us to consider love and to enjoy the natural beauty.

It is complex, with highly produced layers. The rhythms are balanced by melodies, undertones, and subtle notes. Adjust the levels on your stereo to extract all of the music. Turn up the volume, closed the shades, and soak in the rich, full impact of the grace of Enya.

I fully recommend "Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya." This is a CD worth buying and worth listening to.

Anthony Trendl
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm telling you, this CD is just SO GOOD! Enya is a wonderful new-age musician in my books. The best thing about this album is the fact that it comprises all of her best tracks from her previous albums, plus new singles like "Only If..." and "Paint the Sky wth Stars" which show that she is no less a great instrumentalist and vocalist as she was before. There are many likeable points about this CD, especially because it really gives you the mood of experiencing a musical journey as you go through different atmospheres with each single. It's truly magical: From sailing on the Orinoco and the blue Caribbean, you enter a Book of Days where Anywhere Is anything you want it to be, and where your consideration of "Only If..." speaks of opportunities you'd never come across in common life. Then you take a trip in history to recap the melodious beauties of the Celts, who rest by the lullaby of beautiful China Roses and as they stare at Shepherd Moons. Next, your journey takes a tribal turn and follows the power of Ebudae, where you get to hear the scary yet charming tunes of the Storms in Africa. Your journey then calms down and rests in peaceful Watermark, where the swipes of music's magical brush Paint the Sky with Stars. And as you take your last steps through the polished walls of Marble Halls, you finally get to be On Your Way Home, where you bear in mind The Memory of Trees. At the end of your listening adventure, you recall the reign of Baodicea, the Celtic King, before your journey through this powerful album comes to a solemn end. Listen to this album, it's really WONDERFUL! Even if it's your first time on new-age music, this CD will definitely make you much more versatile to the various genres of this inspirational form of music. Hope you enjoy this marvellous journey! Bon voyage!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Callie on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For many years, I had no intersest in music. I am a teenager, but I was not satisfied or interested in the pop/rock music my friends and classmates listened to. Then, on the television I saw two commercials, both of which had the most wonderful music. One night, I was about to go to sleep, until I heard the beautiful music I had heard on television. I walked downstairs and saw my father listening to the music. "What music is this?" I asked. "It is by Enya," he said, "a singer from Ireland". One day, I was lieing down and sick, but I asked my father if I could listen to Enya. This is what I heard:
Orinoco Flow- "Sail away, sail away, sail away", oh, how she enchanted the phrase! Her voice powerfully said, "We can sail, we can sail." The rythm flies up and up, floats in the heavens as she says, "Turn it up, turn it up, up adieu." Then it swoops down as she declares, "Sail away, sail away, sail away"!
Caribbean Blue- Oh, how I loved her accent! The divine intonation of Latin words and the enchanting beat easilly makes it one of the most beautiful songs in the world. When I first heard this song, I wondered for weeks, "Who is the singer that sings so gracefully and creates such exquisite sounds?" How excited I was to find her! I am still enchanted.
Book of Days- One of my all time favorites of Enya, the song makes you picture oceans far away and dreams coming true. You fly far away on a long journey, across the magic sea, until you find your dream, your day. Like all of her songs, it was perfectly arranged with sounds of strings, piano, and clapping percussion.
Anywhere is- This song easily brought smiles to my face.
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