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The Memory of Trees Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Dec 5 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002N3N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
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1. The Memory Of Trees
2. Anywhere Is
3. Pax Deorum
4. Athair Ar Neamh
5. From Where I Am
6. China Roses
7. Hope Has A Place
8. Tea-House Moon
9. Once You Had Gold
10. La Sonadora
11. On My Way Home

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Certified at 3 million units by the RIAA. (3/00)

To many people, Enya has become synonymous with new age music. Her haunting voice, clear and crisp above richly woven musical arrangements and adaptations, represents some of the best in the genre. Her performances on The Memory of Trees justify the Celtic songster's reputation. Songs like "China Roses" and "Hope Has a Place" complement the simple elegance of traditional folk music with luxuriantly layered instrumentation and highly crafted studio production. The ultimate effect is dazzling, to be sure. Whether she sings in English, Gaelic, or Latin, Enya conveys a profound, if slightly disconcerting, mix of spirituality and sensuality. --L.A. Smith

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Format: Audio CD
Enya has one of the most beautiful voices of this day. Her voice is fitting for the style of music she sings. Clear as a bell, her voice is airy and light, as she sings in English, Latin, or Gaelic. There is a lot of power in her voice. The music she chooses supports her voice appropriately, and adds to her sound. She has the ability to conjure up images with each note she sings. Like all of her previous albums, this one is again excellent.
There are a many great songs on this album. "China Roses" has that airy sound that Enya is well known for. She sings the backing vocal as an arpeggio of three long notes of just her voice. Over it, she sings the lyrics of the song in her crisp tone, almost like a crystal bell ringing. The Latin sounding "Pax Deorum" has a medieval sound to it. Again, she utilizes her voice singing in the background, to add counterpoint to the lyrics. "Anywhere Is" sounds like the perfect single for the album. Much more upbeat than the other songs, it has a very staccato feel making it a very energetic song. On the opposite end of the spectrum is "Hope Has a Place". Here her voice has a very haunting quality to it, made even more so with the organ playing behind her. It is a very beautiful song.
I'm amazed at how Enya can keep making new albums that sound similar to her previous ones, yet be totally new for the listener as well. Her voice is aging well, and she seems to improve with each passing album. I hope to hear much more from her in the future, as there is always room in my collection for her beautiful voice.
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Many times, AND WITH GOOD REASON, the "new age" label gets slammed for lacking originality and conviction. Enya is not an artist who blends in with the rest and this release is, in my opinion, her best to date.
There is certainly an ethereal quality associated with new age and Enya is certainly a new age artist, but she has strong writing skills and gorgeous and very unique voice that sets her apart from her peers. And if you look at what is being released these days, many groups are ripping off elements of her uniqueness and plastering them on down tempo songs with session singers who do an ok job of copying Enya, but don't reach the depths of beauty and passion that only Enya seems to find.
What makes this a 5-star review for me is that the songs work independently and even better as a cohesive set that keeps you involved and feeling like you are living in an even better world than this one we know. I know this sounds ridiculous, but take this review from someone who usually prefers an entirely different type of music. Al the songs are great and although this CD can be great background music, it works even better when it's in the forefront of your attention because the production work is so masterful.
Many artists/fans are critical of the work that the producer brings to the table, but I am always very appreciative when the final product does not sound like it was manufactured by an assembly line, but rather reflects a balance of the artist's intent with the listener in mind.
Thanks for reading and I would like to thank ALL reviewers as their opinions (even when I disagree) give me clues as to what I may like and even more importantly provide exposure to artists who I may have missed if it were not for work. Also, thanks to for providing this forum as I think that it clearly benefits the company, but ultimately it also can be a great place for a potential buyer to find his or her next favorite CD.
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Released five years after 'Shepherd Moons', during which 'The Celts' had been re-released, 'The Memory of Trees' was much-anticipated by fans of Enya, and turned out to be only slightly less impressive than the previous two albums.
The Christmassy lead single, 'Anywhere Is', set the tone excellently - an extremely simple and addictive tune, repeated constantly, it was fun, and not at all serious. The rest of the album seemed a reflection of this, and as with 'Watermark' it was a generally cheery collection. Still, despite an excellent set of opening songs, the album seemed to bog down into too many ballads towards the end ('La Sonadora', although introducing Spanish to Enya's vocabulary, went on and on and on), despite the presence of the rousing 'On my way home' as a closing song. The title track seemed uncomfortably close to being a cliche, too.
Despite all that, it was business as before - the production seemed more earthy and less ethereal, and 'On my way home' was the closest thing to a mainstream single Enya has ever done.
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All of Enya's past albums have all been very solemn CDs, with songs that capture very peaceful moods. I've loved all of them, but THIS is one heck of a great change! It still holds Enya's theme of peace and a world in fantasy where everything's practically what it should be, or even better, but kinda jolts the listener with a more vibrant tone and, not to mention, RHYTHM! I enjoy ALL the tracks on this album (which has proved quite amazing considering my high standards for an avid fan of Enya's), and I'd practically WANT everyone to have a go at it! Listen out, especially, for "Anywhere Is (absolutely WONDERFUL)", "Tea-House Moon (a solemn yet catchy instrumental recital)", "Pax Deorum (kinda gives you an eerie feeling, nonetheless it gets Enya's message across)" and, most of all, "On My Way Home". On "Paint the Sky with Stars", you can only catch the shortened 3-minute version of this song; catch the original, full-length 5-minute version on this CD (that would make this song her second longest, down from "Smoainte" from 1991's "Shepard Moons"). It includes more instrumentation in a never-before-caught song bridge; and more life in its chorus. Enya has boasted great skill in producing this album, especially in writing the latter track - definitely something to look out for for EVERYONE and not just Enya fans!
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