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Album Review

In 2006 Enya released her most subtle and song-oriented album to date. Amarantine may have paled in comparison to Watermark or Shepherd Moons, but its under-produced (in Enya-world) balladry was a small leap forward for the reclusive Irish superstar. 2008's And Winter Came follows in the same footsteps as Amarantine, but it hints at the grandeur of earlier recordings, specifically 1994's Christmas EP. Enya's ferociously multi-tracked recording style lends itself well to the season, filling in the simplistic lyrical holes with small avalanches of vocal harmonies and the dated but reliable keyboard patches that have come to define the singer/composer's work over the years. Enya, lyricist Roma Ryan, and producer Nicky Ryan have crafted a pleasant little snow globe of an album that sounds exactly like one would expect from the longtime collaborators. For the most part the formula is intact, boasting a soft Edward Scissorhands-inspired intro, copious amounts of secular and non-secular ballads (all original), and two or three upbeat, midtempo jams to break the stillness. Of the former, the lovely and reverent "Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is the most effective, while the galloping "White Is in the Winter Night" leads the pack for the latter. There are copious amounts of "stars in the skies" and "bells ringing," and even a surprising left turn (maybe even a complete u-turn) near the end on "My! My! Time Flies!," a straight-up "Beatlesque" pop tune with drums and a screaming guitar solo that sounds like something off of a late-'60s Bee Gees record. As usual, Enya fans will be pleased with the results while non-believers will find that the same arguments against her are still valid, but in the end And Winter Came is an undeniably welcome addition to the holiday season, if only for its effortless, white, spray-painted pinecone elegance and potpourri-scented, gift shop comforts.

Customer Reviews


With the stress of this year and years past and the amount of loss I have endured my prayers were answered with Enya releasing this CD. O'Come O'Come Emmanual Track 4, has a special meaning to me. It was one of my Aunts most favorite Hyms. Tonight 11/11/08 at 7:29PM EST she gave in to the strength of Cancer and passed away. I dedicate this album to her. If your a fan of Enya's as I am you need this CD no questions asked. I have every album and I hear the same message "This Too Shall Pass" and though there is alot of ugly in the world I always have the beauty of Enya's Voice and lyrics. Thank You Enya! Thank You, Thank You! Your music Empowers and strengthens me when I feel I have nothing left to give. Thank You! Love Nick Aunt Bernie Rest In Peace, and may God Bless you!

And Winter Came...

I have to say that this is with out a doubt my favorite Enya Album to date, and I can honestly say that these songs are far more than Christmas carols or 'Holiday songs' they are beautiful stories told in song, for the winter season. And I give it 5 stars, and will be enjoying this album for many years to come!

A Fresh New Project

Enya's new CD is a fresh take on the Winter/Christmas CD with a creative twist to her multi-layered signature vocal sounds. The new collection is much more imaginitive than her last project, Amarantine, and bound to be much more memorable for fans. The iTunes addition of the video track is a great goodie. If you like this CD you may also with to check out artists with similar sounds (also on iTunes) like Michelle Tumes, Adam Bray and Sarah Brightman's winter themed CD.


Born: May 17, 1961 in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, Ireland

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With her blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical motifs, Enya created a distinctive style that more closely resembled new age than the folk and Celtic music that provided her initial influences. Enya is from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, which she left in 1980 to join the Irish band Clannad, the group that already featured her older brothers and sisters. She stayed with Clannad for two years, then left, hooking up with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, with whom...
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