Amarantine CD (2005)

Artist: Enya

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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.


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 64012249
UPC 093624947424
UPC 14 00093624947424
Format CD
Release Date 11/22/2005
Author Enya
Associated Artist/Work Arkenstone, David
Associated Artist/Work Naila Boss
Associated Artist/Work Neoera
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pirates
Associated Artist/Work Taliesin Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Taliesin Orchestra (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Daniel Polley; Nicky Ryan
Producer Nicky Ryan
CatalogID 49474
Lable Name Reprise
Released 11/22/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624947424
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]s an oasis of calm in a world of noise and chaos; it's easy to understand her appeal."
Disc 1
1 Less Than A Pearl
2 Amarantine
3 It's In The Rain
4 If I Could Be Where You Are
5 River Sings, The
6 Long, Long Journey
7 Sumiregusa
8 Someone Said Goodbye
9 Moment Lost, A
10 Drifting
11 Amid The Falling Snow
12 Water Shows The Hidden Heart
Product Attributes
Artist Enya
Label Warner/reprise/maverick

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