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Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya Best of, Import
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|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|
|10. Storms In Africa|
|12. Paint the Sky with Stars|
|13. Marble Halls|
|14. On My Way Home|
|15. The Memory Of Trees|
Enya ~ Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya
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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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...
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Its what I expected from this artist but not one of her best efforts...Published 20 months ago by Toronto
I've always enjoyed Enya and this album is no exception, but while reading some of the customer recommendations posted on this page I discovered an artist by the name of Mehdi... Read morePublished on June 22 2004
It's always hard to say what is and isn't an artists best, but there's no doubt that this is most of it, even if it's missing a few good ones. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by H3@+h
This is a great CD and a must for any fan of peaceful music. It occupies a place on my best of all time list, along with Genie's WIldflowers. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Melody
This album basically is all the best tracks from her previous albums except for a day without rain. Perfect for those who are just starting to hear her songs. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Christine
My mom was the original owner of this cd, but now it's mine, unofficially. At first I only liked, some of the songs on this cd, but now I love all of them as if they were my... Read morePublished on March 6 2004
Enya is such a load of pop drivel. Anyone who can stand to listen to this doesn't know what good music is. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Enya's imminent doom
You can do anything to ENYA, it's all up to you. This CD is an absolute masterpiece. Highly recommended to anyone who likes beautiul, melodic music. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by jabdigital
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