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1. Paint the Sky with Stars:The Best of Enya
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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 ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Simply Inspirational Collection Of Songs
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!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Simply Magically Lustful Collection of Inspirational Songs
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!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enya. I love you...
When I first saw/listened to an Enya video (Orinocco Flow) on television back in the early 90's/late 80's - I thought she was... ...nice... ...but a wee bit...whacked. Or tootie-fruitie. Or whatever. With all the "...hoo! hee! ooh! ahh! oh! hoo! ahh! ee! oh! hoo!, etc." lyrics...

Then, a few years later, over a period of several months, a mildly crazed girl friend force-fed Enya (...and 90's country music) down my gullet. Whether I dang wanted to hear it or not. Well...after an extended amount of time of this force-feed diet...I...began to...like Enya. In fact, I became mesmerized especially by "Watermark" and "Storms over Africa"? or...one of her other songs.

That was about 10 years ago... and it's year 2004 now. And except for a rare occasion here and there - I have not listened to any Enya music at all. However. After wandering about and subsequently stumbling onto Enya on the site here over the past week or two - I found myself nigh brought to my knees in tears over the wondrous beauty of this fair maiden's music. It is SO BEAUTIFUL...! And relaxing! And hypnotic, and just plain...good for you...! It makes you feel good about yourself...and life...and just...Everything! (sigh...).

Anyway, also - the site here confirmed my delighted suspicion that one of Enya's Lovely songs ("Book of Days") is the theme song for the "Out of Ireland" television program, broadcast on Public Television. (That I recently discovered a few months ago).

So, as I find myself having been somehow guided back to Enya, on this here Amazon site, I am just thinking...that I may end up owning... a whole collection... of Enya tapes.

My mildly...enthusiastic former girlfriend (who I am still friends with) done good...

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks For The Introduction To Mehdi
I've always enjoyed Enya and this album is no exception, but while reading some of the customer recommendations posted on this page I discovered an artist by the name of Mehdi (pronounced meddie). After some investigation I found his site (SoothingMusic.Com) and listened to the samples...I was instantly blown away by the quality of this music and so I gave it a try and now that I have listened to his CDs several times I really must say that although I'm still a Enya fan I find Mehdi to be a tad more interesting. I have them both in my multi-disc CD player and love the way they compliment each other. I highly recommend that you give this artist a try or atleast just go listen to the samples, I have a feeling you'll be glad you did.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enya is NOT a singles artist.
Trying to review a "Best Of" from Enya is a very difficult assignment. A rarity among popular artists, Enya takes years at a time to perfect and polish her recordings until she decides they are ready, then releases the individual albums as stand alone pieces of work. That an occasional song breaks free and becomes popular is coincidental to the overall scheme of her music. While I must admit that "Orinoco Flow" drove me into a shivering bliss that first time I heard it on the radio, as soon as I got a copy of "Watermark," it was easy to tell that this woman was an artist as perfectionist.

From that point on, I have eagerly awaited the next CD to complete its gestation and land in my disc player. So how does one regard the piecemeal way her first four albums are divided into a "Best Of" collection? Fortunately, Enya has a way with melody, so the songs per se are often memorable outside of context. Much like Enigma, Alan Parsons or Pink Floyd, sometimes a little swath of the album is still enough to convey the consistency of mood, and Enya is of the stature of those equally creative minds.

In short, I have no trouble recommending "Paint The Sky With Stars" to the curious, although my first recommendation would still be to purchase the classic "Watermark" first. But if all you really need is the pleasantries of Enya to put some tranquility in your day, this "Best Of" set will do nicely. ... Read more


2. Celtic Woman, Vol. 2
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not the quality of the first
I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this CD, it took three weeks between the order and the time it arrived. Was it worth the wait? Yes, but I was still a little disappointed. It wasn't the CD that I was expecting. Celtic Women 1 was an amazing CD. This was still good, but not great.

Still, the CD features some return visitors from the first and a few great songs amongst them. Aine Furey makes a triumphant return with the song Vanities child, which highlights her haunting voice. I anxiously await the release of her band, Bohinta's new CD.

Highlights are:
Rita Connolly - Valparaiso
Fiona Joyce - Lifting the veil
Aine Furey - Vanity Child

If you don't have the first one, buy it first. Followed by the Faire Celts CD which is another tremendous display of the female Celtic voice.

3-0 out of 5 stars worth the coin
skip vol. 1 and buy this 2nd volume. It will keep you interested for more than one spin. ... Read more


3. A Day Without Rain
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As each new Enya release has washed over all who have ears to hear, as each heaven-touched work leaves admirers sitting speechless in slack-jawed wonder, questions eventually come to mind: Might her layered, choral-like approach gradually become predictable or stale? Will she ever exhaust her deep reservoir of soul-stirring ideas? Remarkably, A Day Without Rain, Enya's fourth release since her 1988 breakthrough, Watermark, establishes new artistic heights for the gifted Irish vocalist and keyboardist. The project, polished and refined over a five-year period in the company of longtime collaborators Nicky Ryan (producer) and Roma Ryan (lyricist), may qualify as her best yet--a radiant, beatific collection of works that command attention with their cathedral-like resonance as they soothe your spirit with some of Enya's loveliest, most graceful voicings ever. The disc's opening three tracks (including the spellbinding "Only Time") form a gorgeous trilogy that suggest Enya has deepened her focus on the nexus where sophisticated pop and regal mysticism, the twin rivers of her singular sound, form a seamless intersection. The disc's gentle timbre is disturbed only once, and in memorable fashion, with "Tempus Vernum," a marshalling of mythic sonic forces that brings to mind the theme from the De Beers diamond commercial, but with a Celtic/Goth edge. Additional highlights abound. The closing "Lazy Days" will leave your soul dancing in a shower of flower petals and sunshine. A wonderful recording. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A day without Enya
While I have always been a huge fan of Enya's beautiful music, my long wait for her 2000 release, after a gap of 5 years...ended...dare I say it?...in disappointment. Was I expecting anything different? Perhaps lovelier melodies, as heard in the timeless "Storms in Africa" or "Faerie Tale", "Orinoco Flow", "Ebudae" "On my way home".....frankly, somehing was missing. I will however mention the one notable exception to my ears: the lovely and enchanting "Lazy Days" , which makes you hum along instantly, in its simplicity and melodic melancholy. While people rave about Enya's "New Age" (I wonder what that is?) music, few people bother to acknowledge the beautiful and mystical lyrics of Roma Ryan, who is, very aptly, half Enya. Her lovely poetic talents shine briefly again in "Lazy Days" and "Wild Child". Perhaps what ruined the mystical experience of enjoying Enya's music was the music itself...or lack of it. Though one could argue that any of these songs could be lifted out of a previous Enya album, to my ears, the music is lacking..in vibrancy...emotiveness...and the spiritual beckoning that was so blissfully present in her earlier works. Perhaps it is time for Enya to try something different...maybe use some different instruments! Having said such a mouthful, I will also venture to say that I would still buy her new music, which is, after all, infintely better than having to listen to bawling boy bands and untalented puerile pre-teens sing insipid tunes to a generation bred on MTV.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Magician of the Irish Princess
This CD contais the marvelous Only Time, which was one of the soundtracks of "Sweet November". It's gorgeous.
Enya continues being my favourist singer of all time. Her voice is amazing and in each of her CDs you have something very special.
Wild Child is a piece that tell us how to take advantage of every single moment of all our lives. Again the singer and composer tell us to seize the day.
In Only Time we found roads that leads to love. The song is perfect for the film.
It is dificult to elicit the best song, because all of them has a peculiar charateristic.
The CD is wraped up with "Lazy Days", contrasting, in my opinion, hardworking days with the relaxing ones".
You listen to Enya once and then you'll be completely adicted to her gorgeous voice. You just get very anxious to get her next CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
The latest from Enya builds from all the basic themes of her almost 15 years of solo albums. (Hard to believe that long a time has passed!) And like all those albums before, or at least from "Watermark" on, the formula stays the same. Highly polished dreamscapes meant to evoke moods, mostly of the relaxed and contented variety. As "Only Time" proved in the aftermath of 9/11, music that aims to calm can still bring beauty to a tragic situation, and peace to troubled hearts.

The opening three songs of "A Day Without Rain" could easily be the best ten minutes of music Enya has ever performed. And I, for one, will not moan over the disc's brevity. Better to have a half hour of near perfect artwork than to have it marred by extraneous filler. (Example, the wretched "radio mix" of "Only Time" that crowbarred a hip-hop rhythm track in a ploy to make it airwave friendly.) It takes Enya up to five years to craft her records, and almost to a T, they come out fully formed, seamless whole pieces. If I want more, I always have well worn copies of her other CD's to slip into the disc player.

"A Day Without Rain" does contain one jarring surprise, the dark "Tempus Vernum." It will surprise many who view Enya as little more than the empress of bland, as the breif latin chant breaks the surface calm of the album with something a little more stirring. It caught me off gaurd enough that it has become one of my favorite moments on the album, and one of the few times on an Enya album where she breaks the formula. It still makes me hungry for more albums, but I guess I still will have to wait another five years!

5-0 out of 5 stars you just are going through a teenage "i am so goth" phase
I've read reviews saying "This is the most boring music out there" and critizing the New Age music. Let me inform you that maybe 8 out of 10 people who said that are probably teens going through the death/black/goth phase. The thing about New Age? It's inspiring (I'm sure Black Sabbath is *sarcasm). It's beautiful and it takes talent (talking fast in a microphone or groaning is not talent). And it has a way of relaxing you, and even making you feel like you're in a cloud. Enya is no less different. Her purpose is not to get you angry. Her songs are insipiring and beautiful, just like her voice. This CD is great and I especially love "Deora ar mo chloí" and "Flora's Secret" and "Only time". This music is great, and if you want to forget about stresses and preassures, hear this CD for a while.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Day without Rain
Our first Enya CD. Love it as it is very relaxing. Ordering a copy for or Daughter stationed in Iraq. ... Read more


4. Book of Secrets (Bonus Dvd)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nice!
I have never heard of Loreena Mckennitt in my whole life. I hardly even listened to newage music before. However, I listened to the preview of the songs to this CD and it opened a door for me. I bought this CD and "the vist". "The Book of Secrets" is definitely the better of the two in my opinion. The instruments were great. Very powerful when played in conjunction with Loreena's voice.

1. Prologue
Not bad, but it didn't really hit me like the other songs.

2. Mummers' Dance
This song has a great melody playing throughout. Vocals were also good.

3. Skellig
Very very soothing string work in this song. Top knotch.

4. Marco Polo
This song is a nice change. It's more suited for the percussion fan, but still enjoyable.

5. Highwayman
Again, awesome string work at the start. This was the highlight of the song for me.

6. Serenissima
What can I say? The strings are again a hit. A very soothing instrumental.

7. Night Ride Across the Caucasus
Like most of the songs on this CD, this song has a great intro and the vocals fit in quite nicely. The song has good percussion work here, but it's not as heavy as Marco Polo. The strings too, do a great job.

8. Dante's Prayer
No better song could have been used to conclude this CD. The way that Loreena sung this song was by far the best in this piece, especially when the piano and the strings come in. Very moving stuff. Great lyrics.

This CD had a very good mix between the vocal and instrumental elements, which is why I thought that it was better than "The Visit" which is more vocal orientated. There is nothing wrong with this ofcourse, as it depends on the taste of the person.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul, plain and simple.
There are not words to describe the beauty of Loreena McKennitt's voice, nor the lyrics to her songs--all are simply profound, beautiful, and left me with tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.

I can't say I've got an average 14-year-old's taste in music, for my likings run in that of Enya and and more "soulful" music, for lack of a better word.

Thus, this album clearly suited my love for those shivers that go up your spine when you listen to something with such meaning, power, and amazing beauty.

My favorite tracks would have to be "The Mummer's Dance", naturally, because it is also what prompted me and many others to buy the album in the first place. Fun and catchy with beautiful music, I never get tired of this song.

"Santiago" satisfies my uncontrollable desire to hear the beyond gorgeous sounds of Arabic music. Similar sounding to "Santiago" and the Arabic-sounding tracks of "The Mask and the Mirror", this song makes me feel like running through the desert sands of Egypt... a strange personal fantasy of mine. =D

And then there is the notorious "The Highwayman", which left me breathless, in tears, and nearly trembling. I can't describe this poem-based song in words. For one, it is written to an old poem, which in itself is amazing--but put to music, the result is stunning. Beautiful vocals, haunting tune, powerful music, period. All I can say is "Wow" with a giant capital W.

Actually, that's really all I can say for the entire album.

Wow.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Amazon and Snaps for Loreena
Hi guys and girls, i just want to say a big 'thanks!' to Amazon for showing me the wonderful talented Loreena, i have always liked this kind of stuff, and my favourite has to be Enya, but she hasn't released anything new for a while, and i have all of her CD's. Anyway, Loreena is a wonderful singer and her songs are just magical. I say that if your into Enya or anything like that - give Loreena a go - she will surprise you:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Relaxing Music
I recommend Loreena's music to anyone who is stressed out. It is one of the most relaxing CDs that I have ever purchased. It sort takes you to a state of tranquility and focus. I know you will love it if you hear it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect!..A Great Production!
Every song here is unique, and a very nice addition to the great Celtic tradition. The linear notes are very informative too, in showing the many potential links between Celtic and other cultures, even Greek and Siberian. But the last song "Dante's Prayer" is among the finest I've ever heard anywhere. I was knocked out the first time I heard it, and still play it several times a week! Thankfully the lyrics are printed in the notes, since Loreena does have an accent that can be tough to follow for a state -sider. An album for the ages, with the grand finale (Dante's Prayer) that you'll replay for many years to come! ... Read more


5. Watermark
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Enya's 1988 recording Watermark achieved landmark success with her groundbreaking use of multi-tracking technology to fuse new age and Celtic themes and instrumentation. The meticulous production defines her sound and achieves continuity even while weaving together tender ballads, piano pieces, massively layered vocal harmonies, and symphonic synthesizer movements. Although Enya's pristine voice isn't especially strong, her lead vocals possess a vulnerability that reflects the lyrics' sense of personal searching. From the ubiquitous, frothy single "Orinoco Flow" (which was used to hawk Crystal Light on TV) to the hard, bold edge of "Cursum Perficio," Enya's style remains fresh and engaging today.--Richard Price ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I Was Torn Between 4 And 5 Stars!
Although this album of hers was produced in '88, I'd only (shamefully) purchased it a few weeks ago. It's frankly an excellent album, as always, but I got the awkward feeling that Enya had started out..."stiff". The fact that this was only her second new-age album - after an unsuccessful first from '83 to '84 - was accepted willingly by me on why all the tracks on this CD seemed to carry similar atmosphere - almost same tunes and similar rhythm. Honestly, because of this, I wanted to give her 5 stars, but considering the standards she's met up to today, I'd say this is mere second-hand work on her part (hence, a 4-star rating)! Nonetheless, it's definitely a new-age compilation worth listening to, for it's very clear why Enya shot to fame producing this CD! There're of course the three tracks which shortly made her the unprecedented superior diva in the era of new-age music, "Orinoco Flow", "Storms in Africa" and the title track, which is a beautiful piano recital, "Watermark". But not all the other songs and musical pieces are disappointing fillers (nah! You wouldn't expect that from her, would you?); other masterpieces include "The Longships (EXCELLENT instrumentation and voice budding)", "Miss Clare Remembers (a recital as wonderful as the title track)", "Exile (if you liked "Paint the Sky with Stars")", "River (a marvellous instrumental adaptation of "Orinoco Flow")" and "Evening Falls (a mystical lullaby)". This album would reassuringly still give new fans a good impression of this musical queen; as for those who have been avid all this while, you simply CANNOT miss this out in your collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars The volume? Well, turn it up, turn it up...
Watermark is a unique album, totally fantastic! It's incredible how a person - just 27 years old at that time - was able to create an album like this. I like the whole album, but I have two favourite tracks; the first is one of Enya's greatest hits... yes, of course it's the spectacular Orinoco Flow! The second is Storms In Africa which was a hit too, though a much smaller one. Other songs which I prefer are Cursum Perficio, River and The Long Ships but, as a mentioned before, the whole album is great. The music is from 1988 but that's impossible to hear, it could well have been the music of today.

Here comes a short description of the tracks on Watermark:

1. Watermark - Instrumental; very relaxing
2. Cursum Perficio - Latin; pretty powerfull, special*
3. On Your Shore - English; beautiful, relaxing
4. Storms In Africa - Gaelic; great, wonderful, special*
5. Exile - English; beautiful, pretty calm
6. Miss Clare Remembers - Instrumental; relaxing
7. Orinoco Flow - English; great, powerful, wonderful, special*
8. Evening Falls - English; beautiful, pretty calm
9. River - Instrumental; nice, beautiful
10. The Long Ships - Gaelic; pretty powerful, special*
11. Na Laetha Geal M'óige - Gaelic; calm and relaxing

* Hard to say why these songs are special, but perhaps because they don't sound like any other musical stuff. There's only one person that's able to create songs like these and her name is - Enya. You must hear them, but don't forget to try her remaining albums such as Shepherd Moons and The Memory Of Trees.

5-0 out of 5 stars A New-Age Dynasty has Begun
Enya, one one the most talented musician I've ever heard, truly gives it all in this single CD. It wasn't new; I've heard songs by Enya in the past but I have never listened to all of them. In Watermark, one of her oldest albums, gently and beautifully expresses the contents of her heart. Her music has become a real inspiration to others and myself. When I first listened to Watermark, the first track, I realized that this is pure gold in music form. Anyone who wishes to explore some of the earliest and beautiful works by Enya must have Watermark. As the Editorial Review states, her first debut of this cd made a huge imapact on its' listeners. This cd personally impacted my outlook on New-Age music. It made me realize that new things can be found in old work. The effect on its' listeners is very calming. The instrumental music in addition with Enya's voice induces relaxation and will alleviate stress. Her heavenly voice, at a gentle pitch, helps sooth and put a smile on ones' face. This is a truly inspirational work by whom I consider the "Diva of New-Age" and listening to her wonderful achievments will have the same effect as it did for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars WATERMARK: 5 STARS, 4 STARS FOR ENYA
I enjoyed the cd but Enya has previously made much better cds. watermark is an amazing cd and i highly recommend it if it is your first enya cd but if youve heard enya many times, i would move on to so,thing morelike, Best of Enya.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 CDs of all time
I was a DJ in high school when I happened upon a used cassette of Watermark. I remember picking it up and thinking "oh, this is that singer who has that strange song Orinoco Flow out on the radio." I had only heard Orinoco Flow a few times, but it was getting tons of airplay. I decided to pick it up (even though my tastes in music were totally inapposite to Enya's style). I took the tape home--and I swear--I had to sit down because I was so overwhelmed by what I was hearing. I recall thinking "this is the single most beautiful voice I've ever heard in my life." From that point on, my taste in music changed dramatically. Funny that it all started with ENYA. I played the album for my parents and my siblings and they were equally stunned by its beauty.

Watermark's production is immaculate and showcases Enya at her best (although I like everything she's done). I am amused by the bone-head comments made by Enya-haters who say "this music is sooo boring," or "it is so pretentious." It's like hearing a deaf mute gripe that Mozart's Requiem is dull or self-important. SHUT UP, BE SILENT, and take your tone-deaf selves to the local ska shop! Enya's music is only dull to individuals who have tin ears or are so musically disinclined that the don't know a whole note from a hole in their heads.

I also strongly disagree with people who say that Enya's voice is "weak." She sings in a very traditional style (the style is called sean-nos and is exemplified by aspirated/breathy singing). You'll hear no fake SOUL DIVA sliding (a la Mariah Carey or Crustina Aguilera). That's because the Irish have a traditional singing style that is not influenced by the western classical tradition (or any pseudo-gospel/soul style). Enya's range and almost vibrato-less singing is really incredible. I don't think there are many others who can match her purity of tone (maybe Lisa Gerrard who is almost superhuman).

Anyway, this music changed my entire musical perspective and still moves me to this day. It will always be the most important musical revelation in my life.
If you don't own it, you need to go drop the $2.99 and pick it up :-) ... Read more


6. Visit (Bonus Dvd)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Traditional Values
"The Visit," recorded in 1992, has demonstrated, by its longevity and popularity, how important a position it holds in Loreena McKennitt's body of work. Based strongly in her Celtic roots McKennitt is as comfortable with traditional tunes as she is mixing old casks with new wine to make statements that are a pertinent today as they might have been 100's of years ago. The 'old religion' is mixed adroitly with modern spirituality to add a mystical texture that will haunt the listener long after the songs have ended.

Loreena's musicality is unimpeachable. I love her voice, which is capable of a rich variety of intonation and emotional content. Much of her work uses old dance rhythms based on fine drumwork by Al Cross and Rick Lazar. Indeed, all of her musicians are first class, and recording qualities are superb. Whether you are a Celtic music addict, a New Ager, or an old Folkie you will find much to enjoy here.

'All Soul's Night' is a striking combination of Japanese imagery and Celtic ritual with a dancing, percussive rhythm. In 'Bonny Portsmore' McKennitt sings a lamentation for the great oaks of Ireland, cut down for lumber by British military and shipbuilding interests. 'Between the Shadows shows off the singer's unique ability to write crossover tunes that combine Middle and Far Eastern influences with Celtic rhythms and instrumentation.

'Lady of Shallot' is one of my very favorite McKennitt songs. It is a pure, folk-like capturing of Tennyson's poem of an elven woman who is cursed to die if ever she let's herself love. It is a showcase for the singer's voice, which moves over her entire tonal range. 'Greensleeves' is a complete surprise. Emulating Tim Waits, McKennett produces an eerie, bluesy version that could almost have been written yesterday. 'Tango in Evora' is exactly that, combining Brian Hughes Balalaika, Hugh Marsh's fiddle and McKennit's voice in a lilting performance.

In the 'Courtyard Lullaby' pre-Christian symbolism is used to evoke the flavor of old Europe's deepest spirituality. A thematic structure which is evoked again in 'The Old Ways,' but at a far faster pace. For her final piece, McKennitt chooses the mourning song from Shakespeare's Cymbeline, a play about the conflict between Roman and Celt. It is a fine setting, evoking both the tragedy and nobility of human mortality, and serves as a perfect ending.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lady to reckon with
I'm not a big fan of McKennitt's, but I've always liked "All Souls' Night," so I bought the album for that. I enjoyed it in general, but was unexpectedly blown away by "The Lady of Shalott." I've loved the poem ever since I first read it in my pre-teens, but I couldn't imagine how it could be set to music effectively: the language isn't particularly difficult and the story is told in a linear fashion, but Tennyson's verbal picture-painting is sometimes complex, even on the printed page (e.g., "Willows whiten, aspens quiver,/Little breezes dusk and shiver ..."). McKennitt handled this gracefully by creating a ballad-like tune, with a flowing accompaniment that mimics the motion of the river; aside from an occasional cello or violin flourish, and some moments of vocal harmony, she presents the poem simply and straightforwardly. The result is that the music enhances the poem but never gets in the way of the language, and I think this song is brilliant. (As for her Tom Waits-ish version of "Greensleeves," however, I give her credit for a nice try, but it just doesn't work for me.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
While you can get all the songs on the live CD, the studio versions of the songs are by far more beautiful and haunting. She has a way in this cd, just like the others, of taking you away into another world. I highly recommend getting this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loreena McKennitt - "The Visit"
I became familiar with McKennitt some years ago when the haunting purity of her voice captivated me...and I have been hooked ever since. While I am not totally mad about "all" of her selections, her voice more than makes up for that. What I find most marvelous is her ability to put music to wonderful poetry that I have read and been enthralled by since I was a child.
I am now a Professor of Art at a New England College. When I'm teaching about the Pre-Raphaelites or paintings of Dante's Inferno, I often play her music "The Lady of Shallott" or "Dante's Prayer." The students are often blown away by the beauty of the music flowing through the seminar hall while I'm flashing scenes of different paintings of the Lady of Shallott. They often come up after the class to ask who the singer was and how they can get the music. So through the last 5 years, mulitplying 3 classes a semester times the number of college students per seminar, I feel I am priviledged to have been instrumental in spreading the beauty of this artist's voice to people who would otherwise never have heard it.

5-0 out of 5 stars All Bow to the Goddess Loreena!
I have been a fan of Loreena's since I first heard "The Mummer's Dance" in 1997. This is one of the most beautiful albums I own; it's haunting and atmospheric. I only wish it was longer!

ALL SOUL'S NIGHT: A great open to this set, this one of Loreena's most well-known songs, and for good reason! A woman known for having lots of international influence in her music, this is one of the more obviously Celtic songs on the album. I am reminded very much of the novel "The Mists of Avalon" as she sings of the pagan rites.

BONNY PORTMORE: The liner notes tell us this is a traditional song, and it's hard to believe. It's very environmental, and sends a good and timely message. It's heartbreaking, and Loreena sings like an angel.

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS: This instrumental piece is one of my favorites. It would be wonderful on a soundtrack. If you like this, also check out the album "Maidens of the Celtic Harp-" it's lovely.

THE LADY OF SHALLOT: I'm obsessed with all things Arthurian, and this twelve-minute epic is no exception. Loreena McKennitt is a genius- who else would have the daring to put Tennyson's famous, albiet lengthy, poem to music? Thankfully she did, and the world is better because of it!

GREENSLEEVES: The most "different" song here, Loreena sings this song as Tom Waits would have, and it's rather jarring at first listen. But it will grow on you as it has grown on me. This dry old traditional comes to life when Loreena gets ahold of it!

TANGO TO EVORA: Another instrumental piece, very Spanish in flavor (of course!). Loreena has said that most of her songs are written as she travels, and in this case I am not surprised. "Tango to Evora" adds some variety to this album. Cool.

COURTYARD LULLABY: Quintessential mood music. When people think of Celtic music, this is the type of song they think of. Cliche in that since, but cliches become cliches for a reason, don't they?

THE OLD WAYS: Magnificent. My favorite song on the album. Worth buying the CD for. It begins and ends with an enegetic jig, and the centerpiece of the song is the first chorus. It is trancelike and very melodic. It will find its way into your head and stay there for days, and you will not mind.

CYMBELINR: Here, Loreena puts some of Shakespeare's words to music, and the result is a flawless, fitting end to the album. It is quiet and breathy, leaving you time to mull over the songs you have just heard.

In short- listen to this and come away a different person.

Buy it and you will not be disappointed. ... Read more


7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Score composer Howard Shore has informed this first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with his distinctly modern sensibilities. Revolving loosely around a brief, heroic brass theme, this epic is infused with a powerful rhythmic thrust and a musical range that encompasses centuries (from the Renaissance pastoralism of "Concerning Hobbits" to the fiery, Prokofiev-influenced drama of "A Knife in the Dark"). Key to the score's sense of mystery and magical place are the rich choral passages that are interspersed throughout, some so ominously gothic they make The Phantom Menace's "Duel of the Fates" sound almost sunny by comparison. Enya's contributions ("The Council of Elrond" and the song "May It Be") add a sense of organic tranquility, but it's Shore's Wagnerian-scaled orchestral score that should long be cherished by admirers of film music and hobbits alike. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy ur journey to Middle-Earth
There were few music genius composers in my list like James Horner (composer of Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Bicentennial Man, The Mask Of Zoro, Braveheart etc.) & Hans Zimmer (composer of the soundtracks of The Last Samurai, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) When I saw the first scene of the movie (Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Rings), I decided to add the music composer to my list! I'm a big fan of orchestral music and vocals. This music makes you feel the moments of the journey to Middle Earth that the fellowship of the rings had to go through, starting from the soft music in the Shire, to the emotional moments between Aragorn & Arwen, and to the dreadful sensation that evil was so close to achieving its goal.

ALL of the music are worth listening to, esp. the ones with the vocals e.g. The Prophecy, The Treason Of Isengard, A Knife In The Dark, Flight To The Ford, The Council Of Elrond, The Bridge Of Khazad Dum, Lothlorien, The Great River. I also loved the (Breaking of the Fellowship), which reflects the will to pursue & true friendship . I could listen to the soundtrack many times during the day, and still the amuzement does not fade away!

The addition of of the song (May it be) performed by Enya was a great touch! The song reflected the main theme of the first part of the Lord of the Rings. I started to listen to Enya after that song.
I noticed that some music were not incorporated in the Extended DVD version like the music of the (Great River), but it was part of the ordinary DVD movie.

Great Work Mr. Shore. ur work speaks for itself! This is a must-have-on-your-shelf soundtrack CD in addition to the original movie. 5/5.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful and Moving Spoundtrack
First of all. I was SO enthralled with the movie and how the music seemed to fit every mood. The way Howard Shore was able to capture the essence of each scene was truly beautiful. And as much as I enjoy listening to this CD (I've had it a week and so far I have completely listen to it about half a dozen times) it has the same issue as almost every soundtrack. The music is based around 3 - 4 main themes, and depending on the screen action, it's mostly only the tempo that changes. This of course doesn't change the beauty of the music, just explains why the music begins to grow old quickly.

One thing I liked about Shores music here is how he chose certain styles for different characters. For instance, the Hobbits are represented by an almost Irish folk style. Beautiful yet solitary in sound and mood. Also the two songs included here by Enya match well. Her voice adds vocal expression to a wonderful melody.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys beautiful orchestral music. Although I probably will stop listening to this for awhile I will most definitely keep revisiting it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Musical Score!
In my opinion, the original motion picture soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings is the perfect musical score. The music is composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore, who in my opinion can be listed among the greatest music composers such as John Williams. Enya also contributes to this soundtrack, having composed and performed the music score for the ending credits, and performing the theme for Aragorn And Arwen. Contains 18 tracks:

1. The Prophecy

2. Concerning Hobbits - the music theme for the sequences set in the Hobbit-inhabited land of the Shire.

3. The Shadow of the Past - the music score that blends in with the part where the nature of the Ring is discovered.

4. The Treason of Isengard - One of the best scores of the soundtrack. It is the theme for the sequence in which Saruman becomes a traitor and battles with Gandalf.

5. The Black Rider Another great musical score. This theme is for the journey of the four Hobbit companions through the Shire and for the encountering of the Black Rider.

6. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony - Frodo Baggins adventures in the town of Bree at the Inn of the Prancing Pony is what this score is for.

7. A Knife in the Dark - The theme for the continuing journey of the hobbits in which sequence they arrive at the ruins of a temple and find themselves battling Ringwraiths.

8. Flight to the Ford - The Theme for the flight of Arwen and Frodo to Rivendell to escape the Black Riders.

9. Many Meetings - The theme for Rivendell, where the Elves abide.

10. The Council of Elrond - This is among the best scores in the album. The theme for the Council in Rivendell concerning the fate of the Ring. Also features Enya performing Aniron, the theme for Aragorn and Arwen.

11. The Ring Goes South - The theme for the sequence in which the Fellowship of the Ring sets out on their journey to Mordor.

12. A Journey in the Dark - The theme for Moria

13. The Bridge of Khazad Dum - The theme for the treacherous journey to the Bridge of Khazad Dum in Moria and the crossing over and escape from Moria. Another of the ones that are among the best scores on this album.

14. Lothlorien - The theme for Lothlorien, the woodlands of the Elves, through which the Fellowship of the Ring passes through in the film.

15. The Great River - The theme for the departure from Lothlorien.

16. Amon Hen - The theme for the encountering of the stone of Amon Hen.

17. The Breaking of the Fellowship - The score for the dispersion of the Fellowship of the Ring, in which only Frodo and Sam are left to continue the quest to destroy the Ring.

18. May it Be - The song performed by Enya. It is the score for the end credits of the film.

If you loved the film, buy this soundtrack. It is well worth the purchase price. For more information there is a site called ... I eagerly anticipate the soundtrack for the next LOTR film.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overblown album by an under qualified composer
Alright, I have viewed the last 70 reviews, and except for a few "minor quibbles" over "missing tracks" and such, there were no actually anti-Shore reviews. This is quite possibly one of the most over-rated and derogatory musical scores of all time. It is obvious that those who gave positive feedback to this have NEVER listened to true choral music or real classical. To be perfectly honest, all "sung" tracks are completely ripped off of Carmina Burana (of which I am sure all you "Shore lovers" have never heard of). He has taken the very best of wonderful 19th and 20th Century composers, and remixed them with absolutley disastorous results. In fact, not only is this album an abomination, but the way it fits with the film is even worse. The reacurring themes grow irratating at times sounding like a comic book movie, and at others, sounding like expensive versions of music from Saturday morning cartoons. But I can't blame Peter Jackson-- he's tone def!! This is great music to those who know nothing about it-- and to those who say "well it won 2 Acadamy Awards for best score", I tell them this "Titanic won 11". So just shut up about this being a "visionary score." In about ten years it will blow over. However, PJ's masterpiece will remain in history forever (hopefully with a different score).

5-0 out of 5 stars (Respectfully Untitled)
In this world, there exists a handful of human creations so epic, finding words for such things almost seems a way of devaluing the work. Unfortunately, as this soundtrack is one of them, we have but no choice other than cave in and write. If we do not, it would essentially be as if such grand feats were never accomplished in the first place.

To keep the review to a moderate and digestable length, there will be no specific documentary of each period instrument, harmonic change, melodic theme, and relation of how the audio translates to supportive information for the visual cinematic cues. Just know that 1) there has been a supremely creative effort to have very specific instruments enhance the mood and storyline, 2) a new and surprisingly fresh (though ironically reminiscent of a time long ago) chord change awaits the turn of every corner, 3) the carefully constructed (while non-academic) themes seem to come alive in a character every time while on screen, and 4) the music for each respective scene is so powerful in the film, it convinces the audience - if subconsciously - that there is indeed no other choice of sounds other than the precise ones that have been chosen and printed to film and cd forever. Don't get me wrong, there are also items # 5-infinity which we'll omit for interest of time.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Howard Shore is a living legend and genius to the fields of both musical composition and speaking to the soul. With all of the aforementioned elements, he has done what perhaps Professor Tolkien himself would bow down to: he has taken the ridiculously detailed blueprints for a whole different world, and created the same world all over again, in the form of auditory stimulation. The laborous contriving of entire ficticious languages are masterfully superimposed as thunderous choirs, on top of what sounds like a 10,000 piece orchestral behemoth soundscape.

From the characteristic playful music of the Hobbits to the hellishly heavy thunder of Mordor itself, this soundtrack will take you through an emotional journey of its own when you have nothing to watch along with the music. The way the themes cross moods and reappear reincarnated at later locations, in different forms, proves an intuitive influence at work in Shore's mind- much from Bach and Beethoven themselves, but not just in the traditional sense. Much successful experimenting with all musical elements make the resultant cd unpredictable and largely enjoyable all at once. Although anyone can appreciate this soundtrack, I do maintain that a firm knowledge of the literary masterpiece "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" will augment the listening experience beyond belief. To love the story, as I do, blows it through the stratosphere.

A word should be put in for Enya as well. Whereas many soundtracks are comprised of an agitatingly asymmetric combination of composed music and [category: other], "Fellowship..." just can't seem to do any wrong. Indeed, when watching the movie, her passionately moving "May It Be" feels right at home with everything else. It was smart to include a derivation of one of the score's main themes as Enya's own melodic inspiration. Her music, too (represented by two pieces here), is masterfully executed and produced. Whoever included her made a wise call as talent/booking director.

Howard Shore, and all involved, deserve more than can be offered in any tangible reward. The three movies/soundtracks as a whole will have taken a few years out of everyone's lives who were dedicated to the project, and those years shall go down as a triumphant landmark on the achievenment of mankind, as opposed to a vague haziness of wasted time for each individual. Howard Shore and director Peter Jackson have done more in three years of their lives than what most hope to do in a lifetime. ... Read more


8. Celtic Woman
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1-0 out of 5 stars buy vol.2
Few selections good. If you love Loreena McKennitt
keep buying her work, skip this cd and buy vol.2 of this title.
Vol. 1 will not keep your ear interested for long.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voices
This CD is a beautiful compilation of many of today's contemporary female Celtic artists. Loreena McKennitt singing Annachie Gorden is a perfect example of the beauty that can be found in this edition - almost as beautiful as Mother Eire herself. Marian Bradfield, Melanie O'Reilly and Aine Furey, all contributing tracks show the wide variety of singing styles and popularity of many of the artists including. The songs selected tend to be traditional, but with a new spin such as Rita Connolly singing Ripples in the Rockpools. All of the songs whether traditional or contemporary are all timeless classics.

3-0 out of 5 stars new celtic woman cd
I was disappointed with this cd only because I had thought the music would be in a more traditional celtic style. Although the musical and recording quality is quite fine, most of these sections are in a pop/rock or folk sound. The selections that are more traditional celtic sound include only those by McKennitt and Ni Dhomhnaill. If you're looking for a contemporary vocal female sound in general, you will probably like this recording but the composers could be from a number of Western countries besides those of Celtic origin.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of contemporary celtic music
This is a terrific album. Some compilation albums can be uneven, this is consistently good. Loreena McKennitt's Anachie Gordon is very good, from one of her earlier albums. I especially like the 4th track, Tonight Is Just For Us. This is a CD I'll listen to a lot.

I also like the fact that they published the lyrics in the liner notes.

With the explosion of celtic music, there is a lot available - good, bad, and mediocre, and of course a lot of it depends on personal taste. To gauge similar tastes, I also like Loreena McKennitt, Clannad/Maire Brennan, Sinead O'Connor, the Putamayo Celtic Women of the World 1 (but not 2), and the Women of Heart series. ... Read more


9. Shepherd Moons
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The success of her first international hit, Watermark, confirmedEnya as less a singer or songwriter than a sonic architect: working withproducer Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan, the classically-trainedpianist built vaulting cathedrals of sound, framed by luminous piano, shimmeringsynthesizer orchestrations, and, above all, the seemingly infinite layers ofvocal harmonies she plied on every song. The deeply romantic Celtic pop on its1991 successor, Shepherd Moons, sustains the same spectrum of hushedreverie and surging, rhapsodic releases, as well as its mix of ballads, floatingmidtempo pieces, and forays into Celtic and Latin--and it's every bit asseductive.The terminally hip will sneer, but it's no accident that"Caribbean Blue," the best known song here, managed to sneak ontomodern rock, top 40, "adult alternative" and public radio playlists.--Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music As Always, But...
I've been a great fan of Enya for the past few years and it was only recently that I came across this album of hers produced in 1991 (shame on me!). As always, she's a great musician and vocalist and captures wonderfully a night under Shepard Moons. However, you kinda get bored of the whole CD after a while - not all of them really capture your attention, like tunes from her later albums and '88 tour de force "Watermark". Still, most of the songs are truly magnificant. If you get this CD, listen out for "Ebudae", "Marble Halls", "Carribean Blue", "Afer Ventus" and, especially, "Smaointe". It took her great effort to write this 6-minute song of hers (it's her longest song yet!), and great skill, for its ambience surprisingly carries you through the song rather well! Yup, definitely worth looking out for nonetheless - if you're an avid Enya fan, buy this CD still. But if you've never heard her music, this wouldn't give you a very good initial impression of her; try her other records like "Watermark", "The Celts (a must-hear)" or "The Memory of Trees". Once you think you're prepared for the power of her true music, GRAB, BEG OR STEAL "Paint the Sky with Stars"! Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Music As Always, But...
I've been a great fan of Enya for the past few years and it was only recently that I came across this album of hers produced in 1991 (shame on me!). As always, she's a great musician and vocalist and captures wonderfully a night under Shepard Moons. However, you kinda get bored of the whole CD after a while - not all of them really capture your attention, like tunes from her later albums and '88 tour de force "Watermark". Still, most of the songs are truly magnificant. If you get this CD, listen out for "Ebudae", "Marble Halls", "Carribean Blue", "Afer Ventus" and, especially, "Smaointe". It took her great effort to write this 6-minute song of hers (it's her longest song yet!), and great skill, for its ambience surprisingly carries you through the song rather well! Yup, definitely worth looking out for nonetheless - if you're an avid Enya fan, buy this CD still. But if you've never heard her music, this wouldn't give you a very good initial impression of her; try her other records like "Watermark", "The Celts (a must-hear)" or "The Memory of Trees". Once you think you're prepared for the power of her true music, GRAB, BEG OR STEAL "Paint the Sky with Stars"! Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Music from Above
When I first heard her first single "Orinocho Flow", I wasn't crazy about the song, and am still not. But over a decade later I borrowed several Enya CD's from a friend and was blown away. The most emotional and beautiful track on this CD is "Evacuee".

Though not every track is equal to the next, many of her songs are incredible, on this CD and her others...they touch your soul like no other songs can. If Heaven has music, then this would be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another World
Shepherd Moons is unlike any other Enya CD. It plays songs to make you feel as if you are in another world. This easy listening CD includes 12 amazingly done songs. Only four of them are instrumental; Shepherd Moon, No Holly for Miss Quin, Lorthlorien, and Afer Ventus. The other 8 include the voice of Enya with lyrics. Instruments used are like no other. I find myself either just enjoying the instrumental pieces, or singing along. This CD also includes the song included in the credits of the movie, "Far and Away" with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. This song is called, Book of Days is track number 7.

Overall, this is a must buy! If you're looking for music to sing along to, easy listening, or some New Age music this one should definitely be considered. If you are an Enya fan and prefer her instrumental music instead of lyrical music, The Celts by Enya is the one to go with. But if you are looking for the majority of the music to be lyrical with that fantasy feel, look no further!

Lyrics from Track # 2: Caribbean Blue

So the world goes round and round,
With all you ever knew,
They say the sky, high above
Is Caribbean Blue

If every man says all he can
If every man is true
Do I believe, the sky above
Is Caribbean Blue?

If all you told was turned to gold
If all you dreamed was new
Imagine sky, high above
In Caribbean Blue

This song is an example of her starry and earthy themes to her music, particularly to this CD. It is melodic and poetic. Another addition to this CD is the song, "How Can I Keep from Singing" track number 3. This is an old Quaker Hymn, sometimes song even in church, but Enya sings it with her own unique style. I think the song in itself is appropriate for this CD.

Everything is simply amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars the celtic beauty
i have had this cd since it came out, before enya was known. it is still one of my favorites along with "Watermark".talent rules and endures. ... Read more


10. Parallel Dreams (Bonus DVD)
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11. The Memory of Trees
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To many people, Enya has become synonymous with new age music. Her haunting voice, clear and crisp above richly woven musical arrangements and adaptations, represents some of the best in the genre. Her performances on The Memory of Trees justify the Celtic songster's reputation. Songs like "China Roses" and "Hope Has a Place" complement the simple elegance of traditional folk music with luxuriantly layered instrumentation and highly crafted studio production. The ultimate effect is dazzling, to be sure. Whether she sings in English, Gaelic, or Latin, Enya conveys a profound, if slightly disconcerting, mix of spirituality and sensuality. --L.A. Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enya at her esoteric best!
THE MEMORY OF TREES, combines esoteric grandeur, various historical Gaelic elements, enigmatic phrases, with lyrics that brace the line between comprehension and obscurity in a most effective way. This was my first Enya album ever, and I'm really glad I started my collection with it. Out of all of Enya's many albums, it sets a mood the best. Starting with the breathtaking 4:19 title track instrumental, Enya begins to create a mood of happiness tempered by reflection, so effectively with vocals that are both haunting and joyous along with magnificent instrumentation. This song then moves to the fast-paced "Anywhere Is" (one of two singles off the cd). "Anywhere Is," may be the most heavily lyrical based Enya single, but she quickly goes through them all, painting a feeling of a journey, of choices made, following a course, and misdirection. Part of what makes this song so successful is the abundant rhyming; Enya's lively, vital voice; and its rhythm. "Pax Deorum," five minutes of amazing Latin, certainly sets a mood, with a darker tone. It's a powerful song, with apparent voice layering, amazing instrumentation, and a very good beat. The passion of "Pax Deorum" segues into the elegance and beauty of the Gaelic "Athair ar Neamh" (meaning "Father in Heaven"). This song is truly beautiful, with Enya lightly moving through the gorgeous Gaelic stanzas. "China Roses," which clocks in at 4:47, is a majestic masterpiece, painting a scene with ethereal elements, and has a Utopian feeling about it. The synthesizer on this piece is quite remarkable, fitting the tone of "China Roses" perfectly. "Hope Has a Place," is romantic, true to life, and, judging from the way Enya sings it, very introspective. It features some of the grander elements of songs like "Angeles" and "Caribbean Blue" from Shepherd Moons, incorporating sweeping, drawn out stanzas and peaceful, heartfelt lyrics. "Tea-House Moon," is playful, with an almost circus like feeling. "Once You Had Gold," is a serene, elegant and genteel. Many sections of the song are done in the way you'd expect a lullaby to be done; yet it has more practical application than a lullaby, with very truthful lyrics that touch the soul. "La Soñadora" is as majestic as it is an auditory delight, especially with the edition of the Spanish lyrics. The darker feeling in the beginning segues brilliantly into the chorus of voices in the middle section of the song and then concludes with the same feeling of the beginning. "On My Way Home" (the second single off THE MEMORY OF TREES), is an upbeat, happy, and retrospective song that signals the end of the remarkable journey that is THE MEMORY OF TREES. It's a fitting conclusion to "Anywhere Is" and the entire cd.

THE MEMORY OF TREES encompasses various themes, various languages, and incorporates stunning instrumentals throughout. Enya has frequently said she tells a lot about herself through her music, and I think that's particularly apparent in THE MEMORY OF TREES, which, by the end of its 44 minutes, truly moves you. If it's the first piece in your Enya collection or last, it certainly does not disappoint.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enya ... Simply Irresistible
Let's drop all our differences and sit down and take a listen of Enya's THE MEMORY OF TREES. It's a brilliant album and how can you not like it with such a fabulous title track. Enya is already creating magic without using words. "Anywhere Is", the second track and also the first single from the album is probably the most worded song from Enya in a long time and it's simply stunning. I think nobody can be as inventive and speak in such a perspective through their songs. Whenever I recommend this CD to my friends, they all laugh at me and think that I am being a complete idiot. Despite constant criticism, I have not liked Enya any less and strongly believe that I don't need to see a doctor. My friends describe it as "Mental institution music for those who cannot afford to see a psychiatrist to help them improve upon their mental illness". Never the less, I suppose that's what you get when your friends are 17 year old males (So am I). So, I strongly recommend you get yourself a copy of THE MEMORY OF TREES and the stand out tracks are "The Memory Of Trees", "Anywhere Is", "China Roses", "Tea House Moon" and "On My Way Home". Totally brilliant CD. Well worth your while and best of all, you won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure and utterly beautiful ...
Some music touches your heart in ways nothing else can. This CD contains just such music. This music is atmospheric and uplifting. Enya has a voice like fine crystal, pure and beyond compare. The most beautiful track on this CD is Athair Ar Nearmh - it has crystal clear beauty of such quality that you can only imagine the angels of heaven being capable of achieving it - you just need to close your eyes and feel the beauty of it. I am in complete awe ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Beauty
Music from Heaven; her songs touch your soul like none can.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dreamy unearthly magic continues with Eire's one and only!
Who knows why I initially considered this to be a duff album by the woman with the most beautiful voice in the world. Maybe I was expecting Shepherd's Moon Part II and saw Memory Of Trees as Shepherd's Eclipse. The songs didn't leap out to me? Well, listening to it for this review, it finally did, and I've embraced it like I have her other albums. The four years inbetween albums was worth it.

Of the opening instrumental title tracks, "The Memory Of Trees" is the most potent, sporting the usual instrumentals, pianos, haunting wall-of-sound choir-like vocals, pounding drums recalling "The Longships" from Watermark.

The brisk "Anywhere Is", whose dominant tempo reminds me of a horse having a gentle canter down a park, is backed by strings and backing vocals. There's an interesting motif in the first line of her reaching a horizon but finding another, where something that looks like an end is actually a new beginning. Bit like life, isn't it?

"Pax Deorum" is a Latin track begins with a cold dark wind, which sets the grim bass pulsing keyboard permeating throughout the song, as well as an ominous sound that sounds a bit like a foghorn, though not as loud or brash. This part sounds a bit like an incantation. Her voice alternates between a soft but lower register and her full vocals.

The piano (and later some other instrument) ballad "Athair Ar Neamh" is a sad but beautiful sung tune, full of yearning. Makes me want to learn Gaelic. My favourite song here, and Enya sounds her best singing like this.

The wistful, reflective piano only instrumental "From Where I Am" is a variation of "Miss Clare Remembers" from Watermark, with some shades of "Epona" from the Enya album.

"China Roses" is one of her visual and visionary poetic songs and it's an enchanting delight to hear. I see melodic strains of what would later become "Only Time." That wall of sound really enhances her vocals, and the following lyrics really create the image of a dreamland: "A new moon leads me to/woods of dreams and I follow/a new world waits for me/my dream, my way" and "Rain and river, a world of wonder/may be paradise to me". Gosh, how I love this woman!

OK, all you romantics. "Hope Has A Place" is the song for you. Enya's vocal echoes hauntingly here and that dreamy wall of sound is in full bloom. And how's this for some sagely advice: "Look to love/you may dream/and if it should leave/then give it wings/But if such a love is meant to be/Hope is home, and the heart is free." I can't decide whether I like this better than "Athair Ar Neamh."

The third instrumental, "Tea-House Moon", has some Oriental strains, with some otherworldly synths and conjures the image of one looking up at the stars. As for the title, a nod to Teahouse Of The August Moon, set in post-WW2 Japan and starring Machiko Kyo?

"Once You Had Gold" is a proverbial seasons come, seasons go type, and has a mystical sense of why things go wrong: "No-one can promise a dream for you/Time gave both darkness and dreams to you." and "What is the dark, shadows around you/why not take heart in the new day?"

"La Sonadora" is her first Spanish song and it's more an interlude. The backing wall of music rise to a crescendo in the song's midsection.

A reminiscing night traveller's thoughts comprise "On My Way Home", where "I remember all the best days/I'm on my way home/I can remember every new day" is surrounded by the dreamy wall of sound.

Compared to her first three albums, Enya's voice is more mesmerizingly beautiful than I've ever heard. She seems to be a one-woman band here, as it's "all instruments and vocals by Enya" per the credits. There's more a wall of dreamy sound here--check out how many times I've mentioned this. Repeated listenings will tell whether it'll dislodge Shepherd's Moon as my favourite Enya album. ... Read more


12. Local Ground
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For their 10th album, the veteran Irish ensemble has gathered 13 traditional and newly composed tunes. These are transformed via singer/fiddler Mairéad ní Mhaonaigh¹s Gaelic-speaking Donegal birthright and gussied up by the group¹s modern yet reassuringly earthy acoustic arrangements. The set list includes several of the jaunty dance tunes that are the soul of Irish music; Is the Big Man Within/Tilly Finn¹s Reel is an especially fine example. But Ní Mhaonaigh¹s fragile, girlish soprano creates many of the album¹s most memorable moments, Adieu My Lovely Nancy and a lullaby, Dun Do Shuil linger in the heart and ear. She and her husband, accordionist Dermot Byrne, own a pub in a small village called Teelin and it must be a great place for musicians to swap songs and tell tales. Indeed, the entire album has home-town warmth to it, a sense of achieved heritage that is at once soothing and invigorating. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Altan -- timeless celtic soul music
Not having heard Altan before, I took a chance on LOCAL GROUND, convinced by those who said this was one of theirbest, and I'm certainly glad I did -- the format is songs with lovely vocals by Maread Ni Mhaonaigh, who also plays fantastic fiddle, alternating with instrumentals, lively toe-tapping jigs and medleys of reels.I listen to all sorts of music, I'm not immersed in this style, and so I lack the knowledge to compare this album to other traditional Irish music.I do know Altan has the reputation of being the finest of its kind in the world, and based on LOCAL GROUND I can see why.Absolutely timeless, this is music that humans might have made from the beginning of time and might be making until the end of time, with joy, sorrow, love, regret, nostalgia, longing, and sheer celebration of being alive another day!

5-0 out of 5 stars Round the House and Mind the Dresser
Nobody does Irish-traditional better than Altan, though they seemed to have lost some of their edge and authenticity since leaving the marvelous Green Linnet label.All that has changed with the release of this CD, perhaps their best since "Harvest Storm". The joy has returned to their jigs and reels (and nowhere in the genre can you hear tighter ensemble playing), and they will indeed make you dance around the house.They've gone back to some numbers from earlier in their career, like "Tommy Peoples", but they've also brought some "new" ones with unusual time changes.In contrast, their ballads and songs have a deeper ache, thanks to the fragile soprano of fiddler Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, who seems to get better with each album.It's interesting to reflect on the history of some of the songs here.For instance, the band learned "Adieu, My Lovely Nancy" from an American friend, who learned it from a woman from the Ozarks, who in turn learned it from her Irish-immigrant grandfather. So the song seems to have come full circle."The Wind and the Rain" is a revelation too:it's a story of a young woman's murder of her sister, and her sister's unusual vengeance.It's been told in several versions, including "The Bonny Swans", popularized not long ago by Loreena McKennitt.And Bob Dylan "borrowed" elements of the lyrics and melody for an early work of his, "Percy's Song".But history aside, there's no question this band is heir apparent to the Chieftains, as they expertly carry Irish Celtic music into the next generation.They found the spark again, and Frankie Kennedy must be smiling down on them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Native Song
Well, anyone fanatical enough to be interested in making fine distinctions between Altan's albums surely realizes Harvest Storm and Island Angel were miraculous.It brings to mind -- to my mind, anyway -- Yavanna's lament (she who created the Two Trees of Valinor): "Even for those who are mightiest under Iluvatar there is some work that they may accomplish once, and once only."It doesn't seem right to judge this album less than five stars just because those others were off the end of the scale.

Local Ground is similar to their earlier albums, in contrast to certain of the more recent ones, which were throwing out signs of drifting into popground, at least in matter of the song selection (which is my chief interest).One of those (which shall remain nameless) was drifting pretty far, and for some reason had a concentration of English songs (some of them being a bit slow and somewhat unmelodic) that obscured the whole Gaelic aura of the thing.Although I might not have noticed this had I not listened to it every day for three years (I told you I was a fanatic).

I'm not sure I agree with the official reviewlet, above, claiming Mairead has a girlish soprano -- whatever that is.This comes across like an offhand and harmless remark by someone who doesn't know any better.A beautiful voice is more like it.I tell you what, sit in the third row sometime; it might happen that she'll sing "Uncle Rat."There is nothing girlish about it.What might be more to the point is that she is a native speaker of Donegal Gaelic, and so she renders the songs therefore with precision and authority (also the English ones).Most languages sound better sung (especially by a woman or a female chorus) than they do spoken, but there is a peculiar indescribable magic to the Gaelic songs, deriving largely, as it seems to me, from the language itself.

Altan is sitting on a treasure: Irish music in general but in particularly song.Liam O'Conor and the late Derek Bell, in their book Traditional Songs of the North of Ireland, put it like this: "The Gaelic Songs are incomparable."Typical laconic Irish understatement.But there is not much to be added to that observation other than to say it is most certainly true.And here, in Local Ground, we find more treasure brought out into the open.The track most interesting (and which is not a song) is perhaps "Sport," composed by Peadar O'Riada, of Cuil Aodha (Cork gaeltacht, I believe).The modern musicians can still turn out a tune, if that is an issue here.Perhaps it caught my eye because I've been to Cuil Aodha.I heard Cliar deliver "Si do Mhaimeo I."There were three of them singing, and it was overpowering.Though there is nothing so massive on this album, yet overall it is energetic, lyrical, and memorable.It is reminiscent of Blackwater; it might be considered a little brother to Blackwater.And it includes an alternate version of one of the songs earlier appearing there (I love alternate versions, both the idea and the execution).Of course there is fiddling, too: the fiddles "sing," so to speak.They always do.Nor is that all; Altan has a very rich sound, as they are all virtuosos who play extremely well together.A lullaby concludes the album, one that is beautiful, beautiful, done with a mother soprano, with an echo of the Otherworld.

Thank God for Altan.


5-0 out of 5 stars A Rejuvenated Altan:lively jigs,reels and gorgeous vocals!
They're back!The lovely Queen Mairead of Irish traditional music is back! She is truly one of the larger than life personalities for her beautific voice, easy smile and laughter, and her whole sense of musical enjoyment.This is a new album, new material and renewed energy. Altan has been with us since the 80's and have been easy to take for granted as Irish traditional music history after a "best of album," a "finest" album and a gap of time. Just when we are ready to bid a fond farewell, they are rejuvenated and back with the inspiration of yesteryear. Mairead's beautiful voice, and spirited fiddle playing, teaming up with her husband, Dermot Byrne playing button accordian, are a grand picture of marital and musical harmony.Ciaran Tourish is back with very spirited lead fiddle.Then there is the solid foundation of Altan music, the excellent bouzouki (deep voiced, large mandolin) playing of Ciaran Curran. He has been one of the real pioneers of this instrument. He teams up with the excellent veteran guitar player, Daithe Sproule.If all lead instruments were muted, this two person team accounting for more than a 60 years of experience between the two of them would be astounding. Jim Higgins is back again on bodhran and provides an extra snap to the faster pieces to get your toes tapping.Taken as a whole, this album repeats a previous Altan formula of playing lively, music and then changing the pace with gorgeous vocals from Mairead. This is a must have for any Irish Traditional Music collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their Best Post-Frankie CD
Absolutely understand that it is not in Altan to turn out a bad record, even if they came perilously close to becoming the baby-boomer Chieftains (venerable, but hardly exciting), what with the tour with the faux-Mairead (to paraphrase Joan Cusack, 'sure you're blond and can play the fiddle, but that doesn't make you Mairead.') and the parade of guests on recent CDs. But it seems rather convincingly that what drove Altan all through the Green Linnet years has resurfaced, resulting in what is the best CD since ISLAND ANGEL. There is a root sensibility to this that always infused the early records but was becoming lost in the move to a big label. What had been authentic was teetering on cliche in the Virgin-Narada releases of the past years. None of that is the case here.
Instead, Mairead seems more in charge of the proceedings than ever and Dermot Byrne has found an urgency to go with his fleet command of the button accordion, kinda like a Belfast flautist I remember from some years back. It was never just the technique, but the fire within. Dermot's playing is quantitatively and qualitatively different and that pushes this band in ways it hasn't been pushed since the 90's. At the risk of committing heresy, the attack on the second set of reels, leading off with "Tommy People's" ( a reel covered on the Ceol Aduaidh CD) packs a dynamic that actually transcends the earlier take from Frankie, Mairead and the inimitable Ciarn Curran. And while we're on the subject of Curran, I haven't heard him this fired up outside of a live set ever, and it is a joy, in fact one of the reel seminal joys of Irish music to hear Ciaran Curran lit up and playing like his life depended on it. The most unsung hero of the Irish bouzouki ever asserts himself, balls forward, and Altan is the better for it.
There is a terrific take on all the songs. "Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy," otherwise a chestnut, verging on party-piece, is given just enough of a countertempo to put a little something in the trunk. That is true throughout the disc, courtesy of unofficial seventh member, percussionist Jimmy Higgins. Steve Cooney drops in for a bit of even heavier bass, though not quite as slap driven as Manus Lunny in Capercaillie. Carlos Nunez appears twice with his earthy gaita playing, and it all serves less to highlight what neat friends they have, and more to underscore what great musicians can do when they surrender to the confidence of Music.
Any complaints? Quibbles only: the reverb is a little too Clannad on "Amhran Pheadar Bhreathnaigh". And why on earth is it necessary to put an FBI warning on a nice bit of graphics. I suspect mairead gave some thought to the artwork selected. Is it really necessary to put a legal threat overlaid upon it? The only other element I continue to ponder is the under-utilization of the voice of Daithi Sproule. In addition to being one of the exceptional guitarists in any discipline, Daithi's Derry accent brings a bittersweetness that is the absolutely perfect compliment to Mairead's unique pipes. In Concert, the man who is essentially at this point the George Harrison of Irish music, gets his couple of tunes, and his backing harmonies give a dimension to the songs they so desperately need. Yet, on CD, you'd have a good night's fun picking out his contribution. Don't quite get that. Lennon and McCartney never quite got it either. There's likely a Derry seige on ALL THINGS MUST PASS somewhere in the pipeline. Let's hope it arrives in the context of his work with Altan.
All in all, though, 5 stars. Altan has recovered the ground, to analogize Heidegger. This is the Truth. Listen. ... Read more


13. The Celts
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Born Eithne Ni Bhraonain, this classically-trained pianist was kid sister in the musical family that became Clannad, joining the Irish band in 1979 but dropping out amicably three years later to pursue her own muse. This music, produced in the mid-'80s as the soundtrack to a BBC series, was released as her debut in 1987 and promptly ignored--yet its mix of atmospheric soundscapes and Enya's lush, layered vocals, sung in both English and Gaelic, is the template for her subsequent global hits, beginning with Watermark the following year. --Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Pride of the Celts
This CD is POWERFUL and OUTRGAGEOUSLY EXCELLENT!! Although this was her first album, I thought this CD was enigmatic and mystical. The songs tells about how great the Celtic people are, and tells mythological stories about heroes and heroines of ancient Celtic mythology. I also enjoy how the CD goes back into the times of ancient Ireland, and I can create a mental picture in my head about what or whom the song tells about. I enjoy the songs "Aldebaran", "The March of the Celts", "Deireadth an Tuath", "The Sun in the Stream", "To Go Beyond [I]", "Fairytale", "Epona", "Triad: St. Patrick/Cu Chulainn/Oisin", "Portrait (Out of the Blue)", "Boadicea" (This song was used as the ending song on Stephen King's "Sleepwalkers". If you rent the movie, don't rewind the tape. Just listen to the song when the credits are rolling. You'll be able to recognize it.), "Bard Dance", "Dan Y Dwr", and "To Go Beyond [II]". This is the first time that I realized why I like Enya, because its the tones of each song contains, and the other reason is why I like her SO much is the haunting, engmatic vocal ranges of her voice. I listen to this CD while I am reading, and while I am writing my own verses and rhymes of poems that I write.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Re-issue of Debut
Originally recorded as a soundtrack to a BBC production of the same name, "The Celts" has stood the test of time and is still viable as a seperate entity. Beautiful music can always do that. Rich, layered harmonies intertwine with majestic synthesized passages, ethereal solo vocals, symphonic strings, simplistic pianos and driving percussion. Songs like "The Celts" bring to mind a proud race of people marching across the land, while others like "Aldebaran" sound as if angels have descended from heaven just to sing for us. "I Want Tomorrow is more akin to Enya's later works, such as "Orinoco Flow" and "Anywhere Is". It even incorporates a lead guitar into the mix. Songs like "Fairytale" and "Epona" lead you to the fairylands of our childhood (that are still there!). "Bard Dance" recalls a melancholy dance while "Boadicea" is a very dark, omnious song named after a fiersome and proud Celtic queen. A fabulous recording this is, originally recorded in 1986 and reissued in 1993. Highly recommended for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars It'll make a fan out of you!
This is the first Enya CD I ever bought. It sold me and I have been a big fan ever since. Every song is a winner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heard of the Mozart Effect? Try the egimatic Enya Effect!
Supposedly, listening to Mozart's music helps you concentrate, retain information and give you a calm, balanced state of mind. When I'm writing, Enya the Celts playing in union with the rain outside brings out my absolute best. Creativity, mystery and beauty, evoke into you all that the music is itself.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, yet gets repetitive
This is a gorgeous CD. The music beautifully reflects the Celts, from it's fiesty brutality to it's lovely and inspiring Pagan beliefs. However, the same ideas and sound 14 or 15 times over and over again do get a bit tiring. For meditation music, this is perfect. To listen to as a musical piece, it gets boring. I recommend Clannad, it's better. ... Read more


14. Elemental (Bonus Dvd)
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15. The Book of Secrets
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McKennitt's recordings always have the quality of a spiritual sojourn; her songs are those of a seeker, whether she's setting Yeats, Scripture, or her own words to her compositions. It's this that attracts people to her music, and The Book of Secrets is no exception, whether it's the lazy rhythms of "Marco Polo," the sober joy of "The Mummers' Dance," the poignancy of "Skellig" or "Dante's Prayer," or the drama of Alfred Noyes's "The Highwayman." "The Highwayman" is a particularly strong effort, especially in comparison to her earlier setting of "The Lady of Shalott"; McKennitt has become much more skilled at musical narrative. This is music that can be enjoyed on many levels, from McKennitt's growing skill as a composer to the deeper questions posed by her lyrics. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nice!
I have never heard of Loreena Mckennitt in my whole life. I hardly even listened to newage music before. However, I listened to the preview of the songs to this CD and it opened a door for me. I bought this CD and "the vist". "The Book of Secrets" is definitely the better of the two in my opinion. The instruments were great. Very powerful when played in conjunction with Loreena's voice.

1. Prologue
Not bad, but it didn't really hit me like the other songs.

2. Mummers' Dance
This song has a great melody playing throughout. Vocals were also good.

3. Skellig
Very very soothing string work in this song. Top knotch.

4. Marco Polo
This song is a nice change. It's more suited for the percussion fan, but still enjoyable.

5. Highwayman
Again, awesome string work at the start. This was the highlight of the song for me.

6. Serenissima
What can I say? The strings are again a hit. A very soothing instrumental.

7. Night Ride Across the Caucasus
Like most of the songs on this CD, this song has a great intro and the vocals fit in quite nicely. The song has good percussion work here, but it's not as heavy as Marco Polo. The strings too, do a great job.

8. Dante's Prayer
No better song could have been used to conclude this CD. The way that Loreena sung this song was by far the best in this piece, especially when the piano and the strings come in. Very moving stuff. Great lyrics.

This CD had a very good mix between the vocal and instrumental elements, which is why I thought that it was better than "The Visit" which is more vocal orientated. There is nothing wrong with this ofcourse, as it depends on the taste of the person.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul, plain and simple.
There are not words to describe the beauty of Loreena McKennitt's voice, nor the lyrics to her songs--all are simply profound, beautiful, and left me with tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.

I can't say I've got an average 14-year-old's taste in music, for my likings run in that of Enya and and more "soulful" music, for lack of a better word.

Thus, this album clearly suited my love for those shivers that go up your spine when you listen to something with such meaning, power, and amazing beauty.

My favorite tracks would have to be "The Mummer's Dance", naturally, because it is also what prompted me and many others to buy the album in the first place. Fun and catchy with beautiful music, I never get tired of this song.

"Santiago" satisfies my uncontrollable desire to hear the beyond gorgeous sounds of Arabic music. Similar sounding to "Santiago" and the Arabic-sounding tracks of "The Mask and the Mirror", this song makes me feel like running through the desert sands of Egypt... a strange personal fantasy of mine. =D

And then there is the notorious "The Highwayman", which left me breathless, in tears, and nearly trembling. I can't describe this poem-based song in words. For one, it is written to an old poem, which in itself is amazing--but put to music, the result is stunning. Beautiful vocals, haunting tune, powerful music, period. All I can say is "Wow" with a giant capital W.

Actually, that's really all I can say for the entire album.

Wow.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Amazon and Snaps for Loreena
Hi guys and girls, i just want to say a big 'thanks!' to Amazon for showing me the wonderful talented Loreena, i have always liked this kind of stuff, and my favourite has to be Enya, but she hasn't released anything new for a while, and i have all of her CD's. Anyway, Loreena is a wonderful singer and her songs are just magical. I say that if your into Enya or anything like that - give Loreena a go - she will surprise you:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Relaxing Music
I recommend Loreena's music to anyone who is stressed out. It is one of the most relaxing CDs that I have ever purchased. It sort takes you to a state of tranquility and focus. I know you will love it if you hear it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect!..A Great Production!
Every song here is unique, and a very nice addition to the great Celtic tradition. The linear notes are very informative too, in showing the many potential links between Celtic and other cultures, even Greek and Siberian. But the last song "Dante's Prayer" is among the finest I've ever heard anywhere. I was knocked out the first time I heard it, and still play it several times a week! Thankfully the lyrics are printed in the notes, since Loreena does have an accent that can be tough to follow for a state -sider. An album for the ages, with the grand finale (Dante's Prayer) that you'll replay for many years to come! ... Read more


16. Two Horizons
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A lovely work notable for both its cohesiveness and its aural richness, Two Horizons likely stands as the most broadly appealing solo disc (now numbering five) yet released by Clannad vocalist Moya (aka Máire) Brennan, the oft-overshadowed elder sibling of Enya. Brennan uses a mythic tale involving a much-traveled harp (a totem for all things virtuous) as the disc's thematic center, yet it is the recording's composite sound--resonant, sumptuous, never quite overblown--that inspires repeated listenings. Brennan, who takes several turns on harp, explores a satisfying middle ground between mod and medieval, blending traditional Irish instrumentation with understated electronics and, on occasion, gently propulsive rhythms (akin to what you might hear from Dido), then adorning the whole with a gossamer New Age veil. The effect, as displayed in transitions throughout the disc (such as the shift from the dreamy "Is It Now" to the techno-spiced "Mothers of the Desert"), can be mesmerizing. Like morphing clouds in an expansive sky, the disc's 15 core tracks float by in an enchanting, atmospheric procession, with no jarring disruptions (other than a tacked-on club remix at the disc's conclusion) to break the spell. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply (or not so simply) gorgeous
Well, I spent a lot of my college years listening to Irish band Clannad so I was pleasantly surprised to see that lead singer Moya Brennan had released her own CD.

I'm happy to report it is absolutely gorgeous.

If you're not familiar with Clannad's sound, think light airy vocals over rich, lush and beautifully arranged instrumentation. All with a Celtic twist. It's the soundtrack to really good dreams. The kind you don't want to wake up from.

Brennan's voice is sweeping and haunting. The CD packaging is as beautiful as the music. The photography is stunning and the colors dream inducing. My only complaint is that it's really tough to understand the lyrics unless you try really hard. But that means you can enjoy this recording on different levels. You can just listen passively and let the sounds wash over you. Or listen carefully to every nuance and every word. I believe you'll be rewarded either way.

This CD would be perfect for those candlelit nights in the tub, or having a really romantic dinner....it's very mood altering.

If you like Loreena McKennitt or Enya* you'll like Moya Brennan.

*I just found out that Enya is in fact, Moya (previously known as Maire) Brennan's sister! And that she (Enya) was also in Clannad.

5-0 out of 5 stars love this ablum
This ablum is awesome, If you love Clannad,Enya or Celtic music then this ablum is for you. My favorite song was Bi Loim, which is Irish for, be with me.

5-0 out of 5 stars another great ablum from Moya
I really love this ablum, my favorite song was Show Me, I reccomend this ablum to any music lover

5-0 out of 5 stars She leaves you breathless once again.
Ever since her first solo album, each and every one of Maire's works has always left the listener breathless. Each of her albums is a masterpiece and each one tops the others. With Two Horizans, Moya has exceeded her previous works once again. It's her best album yet! The whole album tells a story and each song triggers the imagination. One thing that I loved about this album more than her others is that almost every song features her playing the harp, not just as a background instrument. Moya also has many great accompanying instruments, such as the uillean pipes, Maire Breatnach on the fiddle again, and Nigel Eaton's hurdy-gurdy(I'm sure that Loreena McKennitt fans have heard of him). It's hard for me to come up with a favorite, but I could say that right now the songs that I love the most are "Tara", "Ancient Town", "River", and "Mothers of the Desert". I love how she gives traditional melodies a very pop/jazz sound, which "Tara" is a very good example of. It's very fun to sing along with the words, especially since Moya wrote some very beautiful words for these songs. Some songs echo the sounds of Clannad, such as "Falling". I also like her songs are very sincere. Moya really speaks from the heart and expresses herself. I'm very touched by the story that each song tells. I love the imagery of "Ancient Town", the tears of "River", and the history in "Mothers of the Desert". I was disappointed that the CD cover didn't include the lyrics, so I recommend that when you buy this CD, aslo look up the lyrics somewhere on the internet. Even without the words, each song has a very great sound and is fun to dance to. I love to crank up the volume of this CD. If you get this CD, you will enjoy it. Moya can really make you smile and cry. It's a power that runs her family(as those of you who've heard Enya and Clannad should know).

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
i have listened to this CD and it is wonderful. it's the most relaxing music i have ever heard and i highly recommend it to everyone who wants to get away from all of those rap music :] ... Read more


17. Silver Sea
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful voice!
I purchased this CD not knowing anything about Meav or her music, and having only heard a couple 30 second samples. I am NOT disappointed in the least by this CD. Her voice is simply beautiful, and has such clarity. The melodies of her music are lovely and soothing, and I'll definitely be purchasing more from her in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!!
I bought the first CD of hers and loved it! This one is even better. Meav will sweep you away with her pure voice and haunting lyrics. I defenitely recommend this CD to anyone who wants to relax and escape their problems. Keep up the outstanding work Meav!! ... Read more


18. Waiting for an Echo
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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While Waiting For An Echo was recorded in hotel rooms, dressing rooms, and studios on two continents, the album sounds sonically cohesive with an emphasis on instrumentals. Stylistically, however, the quintet of top-flight musicians is all over the place. There's a bushel of Irish traditionals that come in shape of reels and jigs strung together (the even-keeled "Steven Campbell's/The Road Ringussoon/The Bag Of Beer" is a highlight); but the band also dives into folk-pop balladry on "The Silver Dagger" and "Erin," conjures a little country twang on "Lowground" and "On A Sea Of Fleur de Lis." A handful of guests further diversify things, but one thing about Celtic musicians is their thirst for jamming, so in way this is a more realistic look at a band than some of its Celtic music-leaning fans may be willing to allow. Nevertheless, there is enough here to keep them placated, unless you're fan of singer Patricia Scanlon, who contributions are limited to a few songs. – Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but they've done better
I only really like this cd because of "Silver Dagger" its such a beautiful song, the others are pretty good, but i like sunny spells and scattered showers. edge of silence is good too. I would recommend this to someone. Such a good album, but not 5 star worthy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turn me back to a witch...
Although I knew of Solas from an article in Dirty Linen Magazine, I had never actually listened to them until I bought "Waiting for a Echo" just a week ago. I am amazed at this band's versatility and flexability, and at their sheer power.
I won't fall into the trap of debating what is traditional and what isn't. I'll leave that to the people more knowlegable with that sort of thing. All I'm attempting to say in this review is that I like Solas very much and I appreciate their talent. This is a very very good album and one which makes me sit and listen to the music. I say that because so often people will put a CD on and engage in some other activity, using the music playing as background noise.I do not believe this type of music is intended for background noise. It does require your attention, and grab your attention it does! Songs such as "On a sea of Fleur De Lis",
The Ploughman", and "Silver Dagger" grabbed me immediately upon hearing them. Much has been said in other reviews of Solas "selling out" and becoming just another pop band. Trust me, this band is not The Corrs and never will be. That's not to say I don't like The Corrs and their brand of pop music,it's only to say that Solas is not, and never will be, as pop as the Corrs. Solas is a wonderful band, and "Waiting for an Echo" is a wonderful album.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form
After wandering from their base, especially with Edge of Silence, Solas has returned to form.There is no better traditional Irish band at work and Waiting for an Echo reinforces that fact.Solas delivers the best version ever of The Silver Dagger.Deirdre Scanland delivers great vocal readings of On A Sea Of Fleur De Lis and The Ploughman.(If there is a fair criticism of this cd, it is that Deirdre's beautiful voice is not present enough.)

The jigs and reels are exactly what we have come to expect from Solas.This is there best record since The Words That Remain.Given a few listens more, I might come back and say it is better thn anything they have done.

3-0 out of 5 stars The sound of a band coming apart
This album is musically incoherent, to my ears.Electric guitars, rock songs, drum kits, huh?It appears that the various band members each chose a couple numbers and paid no attention to how the mess would sound when it was put together.For too much of the CD, Dierdre Scanlan and Winifred Horan are absent.I loved their last album and really like their first three.I'll stick to those. ... Read more


19. Chasing the Sun
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At this point Karan Casey has carved out a name for herself that is separate from her old band Solas. Her past solo efforts have been solid as the singer makes new and old material her own, particularly on the spare ballads. Here the singer ups her creative stock with a capella versions "Brown And Yellow Ale" and "Jimmy Whelan," both are standouts that showcase the soprano's voice at its most lilting and musical. On the rest of Chasing The Sun, she's solidly backed by her acoustic working band and a few guests. While the music has a strong traditional bent to it, Casey wades through modern themes in her lyrics (six songs are Casey originals) that include such atypical imagery as F16s, a vengeful Mother Earth and Palestine as well as more traditional ones like drink and the love of a good woman. Casey makes her points beautifully and incisively throughout, only reaffirming her status of one of today's great Celtic singers. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Her best solo album yet!
I bought this album because I fell in love with Karen Casey's voice on her previous solo albums. This CD features a much more modern edge, but her voice is still enchanting as ever. Most of the songs have a slow pace, which I think allows her voice to soar beautifully through the heartfelt lyrics (most of which she wrote herself). She seems to have fallen away a bit from her traditional ballads, but the resulting sound and feel have not altered. If you have enjoyed Karan Casey's previous solo albums, I strongly encourage you to add this to your collection. If this will be your first then I assure you that you will not be disappointed. ... Read more


20. Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Part showtunes, part classical, and part folk music, RonanHardiman's score to Lord of the Dance, the musical starringdancer Michael Flatley, successfully avoids all the inherent pitfallsof such an enterprise. Hardiman has emerged as Ireland's finestinterpreter of traditional music for films, TV, and the theater, andunder his guidance the 19 lush orchestral tunes, augmented with manytraditional instruments, are rife with the spirit of the Emerald Isle.Two of the tracks feature the taps of Flatley and Co, while the resthighlight the score as composed by Hardiman with all its subtletextures intact and not masked by the live sound of tap dancing.Lord of the Dance is a perfect and very listenable fusion ofBroadway and the indigenous heritage of Irish music making. --DerekRath ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hey, I like this music even without all the dancing
Well, I saw "Riverdance" this week and without comparing the dancing in the two shows (since I could never do any of it), I really like Ronan Hardiman's music for "Lord of the Dance" a lot better. From the opening track "Cry of the Celts" you get the feel of listening to an Irish band cooking in a pub someplace. Hardiman offers up a rich diversity of tunes, from the ephemeral "Celtic Dream" (that reminds me of the Nutcracker for some reason) to the pounding rhythms of "Warriors." I wish "Gypsy" were longer, because that is probably my favorite track. Hardiman himself provides the keyboard/programming for this wonderful mix of ancient sounds with modern technology. After all, who thinks of Irish music with a saxophone like you have on "Fiery Nights?" It is usually Uilleann Pipes and serious fiddle playing, both of which abound on this album. The two bonus tracks featuring the solo taps of Michael Flatley with the Lord of the Dance troupe are enough for the CD; you can always put on the video to hear more of the same, but I would think that after a while you can really just hear the tapping in your mind all the time anyway. Yes, you will enjoy this music more having seen the show, but I actually enjoyed listening to this CD for months before I bothered to check out the tape.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Irish Heartbeat !
This CD is a sensational piece of pure Irish music. It is full of great songs with a common style in all of them. It is , in fact, the soundtrack of one of the most impressive musical plays with dancing. There are deep, beautiful songs, uplifting ones, that offer you a rich diversity of tunes. It is usually Uilleann Pipes and serious fiddle playing, both of which abound on this album. The rhythm becomes progressively faster by playing the same melody more and more quickly. You may think that listening to the same melody repeated times is boring, but it's not. After listening to the 1st minute you'll blame yourself for having thought such a wrong thing before.
Besides being a great actor, Michael Flatley is one of the best dancers in the contemporary scene.
As a dancer, I envy his ability to show his true feelings while he is moving his body. If you have the chance, watch the video and you'll get the impression you're in the audience.

*****Absolutely, it is the best compilation of Irish music*****

5-0 out of 5 stars Michae Flatley's Lord Of The Dance Soundtrack
This is a great cd for anyone who is an irish dancer. I am an irish dancer and the music id fabulas a would recomend this cd to anyone. it is also fabulas to listen to if you are not an irish dancer its brill!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Un poco pretencioso, no?
Un poco pretencioso el título que se ha "auto-asignado" este hombre con eso de "El señor de la danza"... Espéctaculo bastante lamentable y que poco tiene que ver con la tradición. En cuanto a la música, creo que hay recopilaciones de música celta mucho mejores, incluso trabajos como Riverdance. Aunque sigo prefiriendo los discos de Planxty, Silly Wizard o los de los Cunningham, por poner unos pocos ejemplos.

5-0 out of 5 stars non-irish celtic fan!
Ok, out of the three irish shows (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Feet of Flames) This is my absolute favorite! The music is beautiful and uplifting!
here's a breakdown by song:
Cry of the celts:one of the best, but lacks the tap and thus the right energy
Suila Ruin:female vocal with some interesting lyrics, but not really the best delivery (a usual skip)
Celtic Dream: good, but suffers from a problem that most of the other songs don't-it's VERY repetative, and thus to long (longest on the CD)
Warriors: one of my favs! Perfect in almost every way!
Gypsy:one of the best songs on the CD, but yet suffers from the usual disease of these songs: too short!
Breakout: fair, and falls somewhere in the middle, also too short
The Lord of the Dance:one of the best on the CD, but again, lacks the energy from the tap
Spirit in the New World:why bother to take up space with this? It's not even worth a a mintue and a half!
Fiery Nights:poor beginning, but makes up for it as the song progresses
Lament:How many irish songs are called this? The song itself is fair, but could use a better title
Siamsa:one of my favs! Perfect in every way!
Our Wedding Day:another vocal, another skip
Stolen Kiss:very beautiful, but somewhat odd that it includes part of cry of the celts for over half the song
Nightmare:a perfect song for the title, and somewhat creepy
Victory:another poor intro, but a great song once you get into it! But yet, too short!
Bonus tracks: cry of the celts and The Lord of the Dance:
These two are the same songs...but with the tap in them! They are SO much better then the others, and have so much more energy to them! This redeems the CD and adds alot, as well as gives the perfect end to the perfect CD! ... Read more


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