Amarantine (2005) - Grammy Winner!
|Recorded in Ireland, Amarantine is classic Enya and once again, the record is a product of the extraordinary and long-standing creative partnership Enya has enjoyed throughout her career with producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan. From the soaring choruses of the title track to the exquisite nuances of Wild Violet based on a haiku by the Japanese poet Basho, everything you could want from an Enya record is here in abundance.
Lyrically, however, you will find one or two innovations. In the past, Enya has sung lyrics written for her by Roma in Gaelic, Welsh, Latin and Spanish, as well as English. This time there is no Gaelic. But in addition to the song in Japanese, Enya sings three songs written in a customised language invented by Roma. The idea arose after she'd written lyrics in Elvish when Enya was invited to sing the theme song for The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring soundtrack, at the personal request of director Peter Jackson.
With more than 65 million album sales to date, Enya is one of the world's biggest selling artists. A Day Without Rain was released in 2000 and became her biggest selling album to date, staying on the Billboard album chart for over two years.
In 2001 two of Enya's songs "May It Be" and "Aníron" appeared in the film The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring. Enya, Nicky and Roma were all nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for "May It Be."
Now comes Amarantine, Enya's most rounded and fully realized work to date, music that is as timeless and enduring as the amaranth itself, the mythical flower that never fades.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Lyricist: Roma Ryan.|
|Personnel: Enya (vocals, various instruments).|
|Audio Mixer: Nicky Ryan.|
|Recording information: Aigle Studio (2003-2005).|
|Photographer: Simon Fowler .|
|Arranger: Nicky Ryan.|
|After a five-year silence in the wake of her phenomenally successful release A DAY WITHOUT RAIN, Enya reemerged in 2005 with AMARANTINE. The singer knows better than to mess with a good thing, and all of the hallmarks of her sound are here: the evocative Celtic overtones, the symphonic arrangements and lush soundscapes, and the singer's pure, haunting vocals. Additionally, Enya's long-time creative sidekicks--producer arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan--are on board here too, and the time-tested results show.|
|AMARANTINE, a poetic name for a mythical, everlasting flower, is an appropriate metaphor for the music. Luxuriant, mysterious, and with a deep aesthetic sense, Enya's music seems to surge and unfurl like a blooming flower. Fans who feared Enya may have lost her touch since this album's multi-platinum predecessor can rest easy. Atmospheric, stirring, and masterfully executed, AMARANTINE is as fully realized and accomplished as anything the artist has released.|
Producer: Nicky Ryan
Engineer: Daniel Polley; Nicky Ryan
|Vol. 1-Pure Moods|
|Vol. 3-Very Special Christmas|
|Vol. 3-Pure Moods|
|Playlist Plus: A Very Special Christmas|
Associated Artists and Works
|Taliesin Orchestra (The)|
|Release Date : 11/22/2005|
|Original Release Date : 2005|
|Catalog ID : 49474|
|Label : Reprise|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00093624947424|
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