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Shepherd Moons

EnyaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 19, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LRT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shepherd Moons
2. Caribbean Blue
3. How Can I Keep From Singing?
4. Ebudae
5. Angeles
6. No Holly For Miss Quinn
7. Book Of Days
8. Evacuee
9. Lothlorien
10. Marble Halls
11. Afer Ventus
12. Smaointe

Editorial Reviews

The success of her first international hit, Watermark, confirmed Enya as less a singer or songwriter than a sonic architect: working with producer Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan, the classically-trained pianist built vaulting cathedrals of sound, framed by luminous piano, shimmering synthesizer orchestrations, and, above all, the seemingly infinite layers of vocal harmonies she plied on every song. The deeply romantic Celtic pop on its 1991 successor, Shepherd Moons, sustains the same spectrum of hushed reverie and surging, rhapsodic releases, as well as its mix of ballads, floating midtempo pieces, and forays into Celtic and Latin--and it's every bit as seductive. The terminally hip will sneer, but it's no accident that "Caribbean Blue," the best known song here, managed to sneak onto modern rock, top 40, "adult alternative" and public radio playlists. --Sam Sutherland

Product Description

Certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA (3/96).

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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful album, don't pass it. June 9, 2001
By Callie
Format:Audio CD
When I look at all of these reviews, I am very surprised that even some loyal Enya fans don't understand the beauty of this album. While there are amny positive reviews, there are too many shameful ones. This music should not be labeled as repetitive and tiresome, but ethereal and graceful(I'm tired of that, "Beautiful as always, but...." review). Let me explain the meaning of this music.
Shepherd Moons- This track is very soothing and heavenly. It was inspired by the shepherd moons that keep Saturn's rings together. The soft sounds of the piano and Enya's voice creates a star-like atmosphere.
Caribbean Blue- I have never heard a song better than this song. The beautiful lyrics of Roma Ryan and the unique melody by Enya makes this song the most beautiful I've ever heard. Her voice is a unique feature itself. The ending isn't really repetitive as people say it is, but sung in Latin. I first heard this song on a preview for "Elizabeth" and I've loved it ever since.
How Can I Keep From Singing?- This song not only brings a cathedral-like atmosphere, but also has very inspirational lyrics. The song is an old Shaker hymn and was used because long ago the Shakers sent food to Ireland during the potato famine. It's very spiritual and soothing to listen to.
Ebudae- This song is based on a waulking song from the Hebrides(which in the ancient times was known as Ebudae). The percussion by Enya gives a lively beat.
Angeles- A song that reminds us that sometimes we feel like we need a guardian angel. It also sounds very cathedral-like, but also with the smooth harmony of the clarinet.
No Holly For Miss Quinn- This is one of my favorites. The piano music is so gentle and moving. It is instrumental, but I often picture words.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow of sounds and pleasure June 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Shepherd moons was my first introduction to Enya back in 1991. Her style and haunting voice rooted themselves in my soul ever since then and the song called Caribbean Blue still stops me in my tracks everything I have the pleasure of hearing it. It must be one of my favorite musical pieces ever for you see blue in front of your eyes as you hear it, the Atlantic waves on a beach at night or with sun light shining through like columns of light all the way down till they disappear to the abyss. Her music has the rare gift of powerful visuals they project in the listener.

New Age is so easy to like, with its non threatening characteristics it can be enjoyed at any time of day or in any mood. Shepherd Moons is one of Enya's best compilations and probably most popular among people who are loosely familiar with her. This CD is romantic in a mysteriously beautiful way, its not cloying and cheesy but both soft and powerful. The lovely thing about this album is all the different types of Enyas music you get. There are the soft ballads, the sultry pieces and deep catchy tunes, the sensual ancient Latin songs, and earthy tracks such as Book of Days That makes you feel as if on a galloping on a horse through secret passages and forests.

I absolutely love this CD, and honestly I haven't written a review of it in the past fifteen years but putting it on two days ago really enchanted me and I'm still under awe of this glorious CD to the point where I had to share some of my adoration for it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Feel Like I'm in Heaven! May 13, 2005
By Katie
Format:Audio CD
This is yet another great Enya CD! Her music is so soothing & angelic that it can actually make you feel as if you're in Heaven!

Enya's music has the ability to touch the soul - something I wish more artists could do.

This CD is perfect to relax and unwind with. Also, for those who enjoy meditating, I found this CD to be very helpful in achieving that extremely relaxed state we all try to achieve.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful (Need I Say More?) February 11, 2005
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I am fond of an eclectic range of music, and Enya solidly anchors one of the extremes with her delicately crafted vocals and the airy and often ethereal music that supports her vocals. "Shepherd Moons" was released three years after her previous album, "Watermark," which propelled her to fame, largely on the success of "Orinoco Flows." "Shepherd Moons" was even more successful than "Watermark," perhaps because Enya's MTV videos were creative and unique and generated an audience that would not usually have been exposed to her music. However, "Shepherd Moons" shows that once the market was established fans were more than willing to purchase similar music.

The opening piece is largely instrumental with Enya's voice supporting the instruments. This music is simple, quiet and contemplative, led by a piano. "Shepherd Moons" fades slowly and the relatively lengthy fadeout provides a strong contrast with the more enthusiastic and catchy "Caribbean Blue," a dreamy song of filmy vocals and instruments with a lovely Latin introduction and exit. The repetitive-sounding exit is actually an overlay:


Afer Ventus...




The next song presages the song Enya created for the Lord of the Rings. "How Can I Keep from Singing" is Enya's beautiful voice with a minimum of instrumental support. The mood of this song is somber, nearly ironic, as it extols the value of singing through the various tribulations of life.

The following song changes the pace dramatically. "Ebudć" appears to be sung in Irish Gaelic and makes a great listen, though I am unable to understand a word. The following song returns to an ethereal theme. "Angeles" is about angels and divine intervention.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Shephers Moons
Great CD. If you love the soft celtic type music get this CD. My daughter purchased this as a cassette when it first came out (I don't think CD were around at that time) anyway we... Read more
Published 1 day ago by T. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enya is a timeless voice out of Erin.
Shepherd Moos 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... Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. wheat
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong cd in case
I ordered this cd and it was listed as "new". When I got it there were several cracks in the case. Read more
Published 19 days ago by rebecca stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Shepherd Moons
Enya is a great singer and her music is quite soothing and gentle for anyone who likes to feel peaceful listening to it.
Published 29 days ago by A. C. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Enya
Always a delight to have Enya's beautiful, calm, relaxing music! Has been soothing as one to play on Kindle Fire HDX tablet, at night, to help with sleep during a recent health... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaylene Shrader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful background music
Enya is my favorite ambient music artist and Shepherd Moons is her finest album: a melodic dream. This is an enchanting journey from start to finish with many breathtaking moments,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I have bought this disc many times this time I have a back up I will not loose or break it this time thanks to cloud back up.
Published 1 month ago by Cassie Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This is one of Enya's older albums, but it's still very good. If you like Enya and haven't listened to this, give it a try.
Published 2 months ago by Chotiwala
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite
This is my favourite of Enya's albums and that's a tough call. It latched onto my heart and didn't let go. Et itur ad astra. Yes, "to the stars we will go. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Skye
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best of all albums from an iconic talent.
Enya's recordings are uniformly excellent in quality. Since she does not tour or give live performances, she can focus all her enormous talent into studio perfection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda D. Vaughn
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It depends on the person being remembered. Most will choose sacred songs that reflect the life of the person...their favorites or those that are meaningful to the loved one left behind. One of my personal favorites is Celtic Lamentations by Aine Minogue. Harp music in particular is very... Read more
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