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A Day Without Rain - Enya
A Day Without Rain - Enya
Date: 23/02/02, updated on 23/02/02 (442 review reads)
Advantages: Every song is incredible!
Disadvantages: Some songs could of been longer
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!