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For anyone wanting to relax on a rainy day,'a day without rain' is the album for you. Enya's 9th studio album gets even more chilled out and sleep targeting then any other.Long gone on this collection are the dramatic wurls of the fantastic number 1 'Orinoco Flow' or the piano led spectacle 'Book of days'.No,'a day without rain' goes back to enya basics of beautiful, simple piano led songs with as ever bizarre lyrics and enya's crystal clear as a babbling brook voice. The album begins with 'a day without rain',a piano solo with enya's mystical touch added.It matches the mood of a grey,rainy day perfectly.Similar to tracks from previous work such as 'watermark' or 'sheperd moons' it is like them,a song with no words yet it is impossible not to conjure up stories in your head. 'Wild child',the second track,stands out amongst the others as being a little more edgy.the lyrics are easier to understand,being about a rebellious child-'never close your eyes,never stop and listen...'enya sings. Arguably the best track on the album(although not my favourite)is 'Only time',the only song which has had more commercial success.Indeed after september the 11th it became the signature tune for the news reports on the tragedy. It is slower then 'wild child',being less jumpy and more peaceful.Although it is another masterpiece of a song by enya one does tire of the constant repition of 'only time' which she sings at the end of every verse. 'Tempus Vernum' follows the same lines as 'Boudicea',being dark and having a sinister feel to it.I don't like to listen to it cos it scares me. The rest of the album has nothing as solid as previous work by enya,although that doesn't mean it isn't good. 'Flora's secret' is another stand out track with a more amorous feel(the song is abo
ut 'lovers in the long grass').There is a bit in thesong where the music wonders off on it's own path which is excellent before drumming back into the song. The last two tracks 'one by one' and 'lazy days' also merit a mention,again being less peacful and more along 'wild child's' territory.'one by one' has a very hooky chorus of enya singing 'you say adios,say adios...'while 'lazy days' bubbles and jumps along to the sirens of enya's vocals.The album ends on a high as 'lazy days' changes slightly(it's vocals)harmonising more producing a wonderful end. This album has a more modern feel to it,and it's not just the cover.Enya has gone for a more simplistic sound,having less instrumentation and more choir like vocals.It isn't her best work,yet it is certainly different,but she cannot go wrong having such a unique style of music.
Enya's 9th album "A Day Without Rain" is yet another fine example of the beauty of new age music. If you're looking for faults, you'll easily complain about the CD's very short run time and the "similarity" in all the tracks. But, Enya never promised us an unbeatble album, although in my opinion it's just one step behind her "Best Of" package. Here is my review on each track. The first track "A Day Without Rain" is very slow and peaceful. The piano is played incredible by Enya herself, and this makes up for the absense of lyrics. "Wild Child" is one of Enya's faster tracks, but still has no real faults. Rightfully selected as a single. "Only Time" got a lot of attention as it's lyrics reflect back on September 11th (when this was recieving a tremendous amount of airplay). Very delicate and original. "Tempus Vernum" sounds like a theme from a disaster movie. It's bashing beats remind me of lave flowing from a crazy volcano or the waves of a raving sea crashing down onto land. The problem is, it feels very out of place on a slow album. "Deora Ar Mo Chroi" brings Enya back down into a much calmer mood. Don't ask me why, but I picture snow or leaves falling ever so slowly to the ground. And, I can also picture all problems and devastation fadng away. It may sound mad, but you take a listen! "Flora's Secret" raises the pace slightly, but is still deeply relaxing. A definete summer track, I can picture some happy people having a picninc in the long grass by a river. "Fallen Embers" will send you right off! Very quiet, depending solemly on Enya's awesomly controlled vocals. Continues a chain of slow and beautiful tracks. "Silver Inches" sounds like a mix between "Wild Child" and "Flora's Secret", but it has no words. I
t has a very effective melody, but is only just over 1 minute long! "Pilgrim" once again has a lovely,slow melody which'll send those shivers right up your spine (I think that feeling was made for Enya songs!) "One By One" is probably the most memorable track on the album. I found myself humming along after just one listen! Sounds slightly like "Book Of Days" and "Only Time", a perfect combination! "The First Of Autumn" is a splendid piece of well conducted music. I especially like the way Enya uses her voice as a sort of instrument. "Lazy Days" is nothing too special, but a pretty ending track. The chorus (which consists of endless "da da's") is a typical Enya move, but is still effective. So, overall I'd rate this album 9/10 or 4.5/5!
I am a great fan of Enya's music, and was eager to hear this album. I was not dissappointed, even though it is very similar to her previous albums. I find her music great for having on when I'm reading or on the computer, or just wanting to relax after a stressful day at work. Even though it can be described as slow and moody, if you listen carefully it has enervating rythms and sounds entwined through each and every track. You might not be able to catch it straight away, but you'll find as you relax you can't help but move to the music. Sooner or later you find energy in the relaxing sounds! I would recommend this album to anyone who likes to have relaxing music in the background after a stressful day, or even whilst working. You might find it a little short, just as you get into the music the album ends. You can listen to it time and time again without losing interest though. Apart from not being long enough (some people are never satisfied!), I am only dissappointed that it lacks the captivating sounds I found in Enya's 'Sheperds Moon' album. Yet that is an album that will be hard to beat. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable album.
I have to admit that this really isn't my usual type of music. Looking through the playlist on my computer's MP3 player, less than as quarter of the songs you see feature both recognisable lyrics and a lack of any guitars. I've heard stuff by Enya for years, of course, but it was only "Wild Child", which seems to have been playlisted on Magic FM (which, uh... I keep hearing because my Dad listens to it. Honest...) that really caught my attention. It sounded good, it was captivating and, most importantly, I was actually annoyed each time it ended and another song came on. The album itself is very short (just over half an hour), but also very listenable. Unlike most of the music I listen to, and even most music in its own genre, it blends very much into the background, making it perfect for those times when you need to concentrate, but when you don't want silence. The CD can loop a couple of times before you realise it's finished. Of course, the downside to this is that much of the album is bland and samey. Even after you've heard the album 10 or so times you can still find it hard to identify some of the tracks. Track listing and comments: 1. A Day Without Rain (2:38): A good solid opening track. Nice introduction, but I don't think it was ever meant to be anything special. 2. Wild Child (3:47): The most widely publicly played track from the album. Much more lively than most of the stuff on the CD. The track is very repetitive, but somehow this doesn't irritate. In fact, I think that the track could have done with being 30 seconds or a minute longer. 3. Only time (3:40): Calmer than Wild Child, but otherwise reasonably similar. Enya's shows off how good her voice can sound well. 4. Tempus Vernum (2:24): An attempt to sound slightly darker and more serious than the rest of the album. The music grave, and always reminds me of a ship riding through a storm, and the Lat
in lyrics add to the solemn feeling. 5. Deora Ar Mo Chroi (2:49): Probably the quietest and slowest album on the track. While this is playing, it barely seems as if there's a CD playing at all. A bit *TOO* quiet and slow if you ask me... 6. Flora's Secret (4:07): A return to the faster, bouncier feel of before. Again, Enya's voice sounds very good. 7. Fallen Embers (2:31): A far more classical sounding piece. It sounds like the sort of song that music students would have to sing to practice their voices. I found it quite boring, to be honest. 8. Silver Inches (1:37): No lyrics, but a chance to hear how good the instrumentals can be. It's a very short track, so it doesn't have time to get dull. 9. Pilgrim (3:12): Lively, but not at all bouncy. Again, Enya's voice sounds very good, and the lyrics are well written. 10. One By One (3:54): My favourite track on the album. Very good backing music, and a fantastic overall feel. 11. Lazy Days (3:41): A slightly disappointing end to the album, it sounds quite nice, but is reasonably bland. I've found that putting this album on while I'm working is very good for inspiration and the imagination, and (bizarrely) that leaving it on when I fall asleep usually gives me far more interesting dreams that I would otherwise have. The album is certainly worth buying if you need something that will blend into the background, but I think it would be difficult to justify paying the full price for this CD if you already have a few similar sounding albums in your collection.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 A Day Without Rain
2 Wild Child
3 Only Time
4 Tempus Vernum
5 Deora Ar Mo Chroi
6 Flora's Secret
7 Fallen Embers
8 Silver Inches
10 One By One
11 Lazy Days
12 Lazy Days