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Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya Best of, Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 11 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Import
  • Label: WEA
  • ASIN: B000002NJH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

1. Orinoco Flow
2. Caribbean Blue
3. Book Of Days
4. Anywhere Is
5. Only If...
6. The Celts
7. China Roses
8. Shepherd Moons
9. Ebudae
10. Storms In Africa
11. Watermark
12. Paint the Sky with Stars
13. Marble Halls
14. On My Way Home
15. The Memory Of Trees
16. Boadicea

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Enya ~ 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

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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...
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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.
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In the end of 1997 Enya released this "best of"-album including songs from her earlier albums and two brand new songs.
Paint The Sky With Stars starts with her earlier greatest hits Orinoco Flow, Caribbean Blue, Book Of Days and Anywhere Is which all are very good. Orinoco Flow and especially Book Of Days are also very powerful with lots of instrumental and vocal layers. The songs are followed by two other great songs; her 1997 hit Only If and the 10 years older song The Celts. Then we come to a period of beautiful music to calm down to; China Roses, Shepherd Moons, Ebudæ (a very rhythmic song), Storms In Africa, Watermark, her second 1997 song Paint The Sky With Stars and Marble Halls. Then comes On My Way Home* and lifting the album again as it's very powerful. The next track, The Memory Of Trees, is a calmer one but is still very good. The album ends up with the track Boadicea which is a quite interesting track giving the album a perfect finish.
If you don't know that much about Enya's music at the moment, then I think you should wear this in your mind; ALL VOICES ARE FROM ENYA AND ALMOST ALL INSTRUMENTS ARE PLAYED BY HER. That's what I call a musical genious, but I also have to thank producer Nicky Ryan and his wife and song writer Roma Ryan for all these great albums!
To me Paint The Sky With Stars is one of few albums that I consider as important to own because you can listen to it anytime; to get relaxed, as background music, on the train, before going to bed or just listen to it with high volume to feel and surely discover her music.
My favourite tracks on the album are Orinoco Flow, Caribbean Blue, Book Of Days, Anywhere Is, Only If, The Celts, Ebudæ, Storms In Africa, On My Way Home and The Memory Of Trees.
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"Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya" deserves accolades. Before Enya, New Age music was only jazzy, beige elevator music. Kenny G wasn't cutting it for many of us.
This is a best-of CD, and a great place for anyone new to the genre. In mentioning that this is New Age mislabels her style, but it is by no means rock, folk or even easy listening.
You know "Orinoco Flow." That's her big hit, but my favorite it the smoothly pulsing "Anywhere Is."
To enjoy this Enya CD, you've got to like her distinct style. Unlike the interchangeability of pop radio musicians, she sings with a voice of her own. Only Enya can sing Enya songs. I wondered if I could listen to an entire Enya CD, afraid her consistency of style would grate on me. The opposite occured, and the risk became my joy.
Like Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire," pointed the listener to consider God, Enya asks us to consider love and to enjoy the natural beauty.
It is complex, with highly produced layers. The rhythms are balanced by melodies, undertones, and subtle notes. Adjust the levels on your stereo to extract all of the music. Turn up the volume, closed the shades, and soak in the rich, full impact of the grace of Enya.
I fully recommend "Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya." This is a CD worth buying and worth listening to.
Anthony Trendl
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