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Amarantine [Christmas Edition]

Enya 11/21/2006
Second only to U2 as the most successful Irish recording artist of all time, Enya has built an empire out of multi-tracking her beautiful voice over the same keyboard patches that appeared on her post-Clannad debut in 1987. It's an empire that has progressed at a slow burn, peaking in 2000 and 2001 with her chart-topping ballad and unofficial post-September 11 anthem, "Only Time." Amarantine, Enya's first full-length album in five years, builds on her reputation as the world's premier purveyor of audio comfort food, providing another collection of mini-soundtracks that are often as awkward in their earnestness as they are breathtaking in their production. Boasting 12 new songs that retain the tapestry of sound that is her trademark while stealthily stripping it of some of its excess, Enya has managed to both repeat herself and move forward without losing anything in the translation. Besides the swirling, "Ebudae"-esque "The River Sings," Enya, lyricist Roma Ryan, and producer Nicky Ryan have crafted the most subtle record of their careers, a move that may alienate some Watermark-era purists. Standout tracks like "Long, Long Journey," "Water Shows the Hidden Heart," and the gorgeous -- but lyrically embarrassing -- title cut show a newfound understanding of the simple power of Enya's voice, resulting in an intimacy that's eluded previous releases. While Amarantine will do nothing to win over the wrongly pegged new age artist's many detractors, longtime fans will find enough moments of serendipitous pleasure to hold them over for another five years. [The 2006 Special Christmas Edition includes four holiday classics on an included bonus CD.] ~ James Christopher Monger
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Less Than a Pearl PT3M44S
  3. 2 Amarantine PT3M12S
  4. 3 It's in the Rain PT4M8S
  5. 4 If I Could Be Where You Are PT4M1S
  6. 5 The River Sings PT2M50S
  7. 6 Long, Long Journey PT3M17S
  8. 7 Sumiregusa PT4M43S
  9. 8 Someone Said Goodbye PT4M1S
  10. 9 A Moment Lost PT3M9S
  11. 10 Drifting PT4M12S
  12. 11 Amid the Falling Snow PT3M38S
  13. 12 Water Shows the Hidden Heart PT4M40S
  14. 1 Adeste, Fideles PT3M59S
  15. 2 The Magic of the Night PT3M34S
  16. 3 We Wish You a Merry Christmas PT3M40S
  17. 4 Christmas Secrets PT3M48S

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