The Memory of Trees Import
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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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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.
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 Amazon.com 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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
My friend said that I would not be sorry if I ordered this cd and he was so right. It's fantastic.Published on Dec 24 2013 by bill mullen, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
This CD is a wonderful compilation of some of her best music. It is relaxing, ethereal and sends you into another realm - Enya's realm. Filled with fantasy and possibilities. Read morePublished on June 29 2013 by Pamela Blezard
Some music touches your heart in ways nothing else can. This CD contains just such music. This music is atmospheric and uplifting. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Mary Chrapliwy / Reviewer's Diary
Who knows why I initially considered this to be a duff album by the woman with the most beautiful voice in the world. Read morePublished on July 30 2003 by Daniel J. Hamlow
Out of all Enya....this is the one I like least....It is far beyond horrible...It has more of a darkness to it that is very appealing when I am in that type of mood... Read morePublished on July 22 2003
I must say that while I truly love Enya's music, this album is my least favorite of all of hers. It is good, don't get me wrong, but I do not feel as engrossed in the music on... Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by J. Rose
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