10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2006, Susan Enan gained attention when her tune “Bring On the Wonder” was featured in TV’s Bones. Fans of the Irish folk-pop chanteuse had to wait three years for her debut album — fortunately, the anticipation was more than justified. Plainsong is a work of melancholy beauty, built around Enan’s mahogany-toned vocals and the austere grace of her songwriting. Her lyrics are elliptical, at times almost childlike; her melodies teeter between lullabies and dirges. Tracks like “Monoplain” and “We All Belong Here” paint scenes in grey and blue tones, no less vivid for their brooding quality. The ambiguous journeys revealed in “We All Belong Here” and “Monoplain” are lent depth by echoing pianos and washes of strings. “Moonlight” — the most captivating love song here — mixes its mystery with a touch of gospel. Plainsong is anything but lighthearted; even the comparatively upbeat “Bird” is dark at its core. But these songs are redeemed from sadness by Enan’s emotional honesty and sparse, exquisitely controlled musical touch.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2006, Susan Enan gained attention when her tune “Bring On the Wonder” was featured in TV’s Bones. Fans of the Irish folk-pop chanteuse had to wait three years for her debut album — fortunately, the anticipation was more than justified. Plainsong is a work of melancholy beauty, built around Enan’s mahogany-toned vocals and the austere grace of her songwriting. Her lyrics are elliptical, at times almost childlike; her melodies teeter between lullabies and dirges. Tracks like “Monoplain” and “We All Belong Here” paint scenes in grey and blue tones, no less vivid for their brooding quality. The ambiguous journeys revealed in “We All Belong Here” and “Monoplain” are lent depth by echoing pianos and washes of strings. “Moonlight” — the most captivating love song here — mixes its mystery with a touch of gospel. Plainsong is anything but lighthearted; even the comparatively upbeat “Bird” is dark at its core. But these songs are redeemed from sadness by Enan’s emotional honesty and sparse, exquisitely controlled musical touch.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Beautiful

abyrd81

This is a beautiful album. I have been waiting for it to come out since I heard "Bring on the Wonder" on Bones, and I was not disappointed. "Bring on the Wonder" is still one of my favorite songs.

Every song is more than you expect

Beekums

Many listeners will recognize the album's best known work "Bring on the Wonder," which was available before the release of the full CD. While Enan's approach changes from song to song, her voice is what unifies the entire work. But, if you are one of those looking for more in the mold of "Wonder", follow that tune up as your listening with "Monoplain," before taking on the disc from start to finish.

Great - Worth Five Year Wait

portwoodphotography.com

I first heard Susan Enan when she opened for Over the Rhine in September 2004. In short, her album was worth the five year wait! You won't be disappointed by purchasing this album.

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