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Genre: Folk - Irish Folk / Artist: Enya / Import / Audio CD released at Reprise

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      02.08.2010 12:55
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      A perfect relaxing and powerful CD

      Enya - Paint the Sky with Stars
      (Best of Enya)

      Entitled with 'The Best of Enya' and I'm certainly not going to argue as this is one great CD. With 16 tracks, this is not a new CD though still continues to be a great one. It came out back in 1997 and can now be picked up for as little as £2.00 with postage and packaging included from places such as Amazon which is an amazing deal.

      Tracks on the CD include;

      1. Orinoco Flow (4.26)
      One of the best tracks on the CD with such a relaxing yet uplifting tune.

      2. Caribbean Blue (3.58)
      A soft flowing song which is perhaps lesser known than the others but still a perfect one to relax to.

      3. Book of Days (2.53)
      A slightly more upbeat back tune to this song though with the same relaxing melody.

      4. Anywhere is (3.43)
      This is the song which originally got me into Enya with the catchy tune and thought provoking lyrics.

      5. Only if (3.17)
      Another beautiful song, again with a relaxing tune to while away the hours

      6. The Celts (2.55)
      A very mystifying song which I feel stands out differently from the rest though is still perfect.

      7. China Roses (4.40)
      This song always brings tears to my eyes with its perfect tune and lyrics.

      8. Shepherd Moons (3.40)
      Another perfectly dreamy song - another one of the best on the album in my opinion

      9. Ebudae (1.53)
      The shortest track on the CD though still amazing with its Irish tone to it.

      10. Storms in Africa (4.10)
      A song which is so strong and independent that it makes you feel as if you could achieve anything.

      11. Watermark (2.24)
      Such a sad yet perfect tune. Another one of my favourites.

      12. Paint the Sky with Stars (4.12)
      The track the CD is named for and a perfect one at that. This one is one in which I played many times when our children were babies as it not only helped them sleep but me too and also holds strong memories of lost ones.

      13. Marble Halls (3.53)
      Another powerful song which sends shivers down my spine.

      14. On my way Home (3.35)
      A great song with some great peaceful lyrics. More known for its chorus.

      15. The Memory of Trees (4.16)
      In my opinion, the most powerful song on the CD and my all time favourite which digs up memories for many.

      16. Boadicea (3.28)
      Last but certainly not least, this song rounds the CD up perfectly with another thought-provoking tune.

      Enya gives some powerful and amazing tunes with her peaceful and again, powerful, voice. This CD is full of great tracks and is fully recommended from me.

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        10.12.2009 10:39

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        If you don't own ther others, buy this

        Normally I think Best Of.... CD's are a crass money making opportunity to exploit the gullible fans who want every CD that artist has ever done. What is worse is those that have itunes bonus tracks, so you buy the CD and then have to buy it again via itunes for the bonus track which suprise suprise isn't available individually. Thankfully Enya doesn't do this. In fact I don't even mind her best of CD. If you only want to own one Enya CD then this is the one to own. It has all her best songs, the no. 1 hit Orinoco Flow, the racey Anywhere Is, the new track Only If (it IS BRILLIANT), Caribbean Blue (it does remind you of the sea and Caribbean beaches most definately), Book of Days (a great track from the film Far and Away) plus some of her softer ones like the very delicate China Roses or Marble Halls another dreamy song or another new one Paint the Sky with Stars. It really is the best best of CD that I've came across. Plus if you own her other CDs then you can buy thhe two additional tracks seperately (and they ARE worth buying, believe me). This really is Enya at her best. A genuine gem of a CD.

        As requested, the full track listing is:

        1. "Orinoco Flow" - 4:26
        2. "Caribbean Blue" - 3:58
        3. "Book of Days" - 2:56
        4. "Anywhere Is" - 3:46
        5. "Only If..." - 3:19
        6. "The Celts" - 2:57
        7. "China Roses" - 4:40
        8. "Shepherd Moons" - 3:40
        9. "Ebudæ" - 1:52
        10. "Storms in Africa" - 4:11
        11. "Watermark" - 2:26
        12. "Paint the Sky with Stars" - 4:15
        13. "Marble Halls" - 3:55
        14. "On My Way Home" - 3:38
        15. "The Memory of Trees" - 4:19
        16. "Boadicea" - 3:28

        The CD is £6.95 on Amazon, a good deal but there has now been ANOTHER best of Enya, now included Trains and Winter Rains, May it Be, WIld Child and other favourites. So that may be the one to buy instead now (even though it's a lot more expensive).

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        22.11.2009 21:18
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        stunning

        The lady lives in Ireland, in a castle. Enya steers clear of the limelight, choosing to release an album every couple of years or so and shunning publicity. She is one of my favourite female vocalists, managing to offer delicate sounds with soothing vocals and beautiful piano melodies of calm.

        There are sixteen songs on this best of album and it begins with her number one hit 'Orinoco Flow.' A slightly rebellious orchestral section provides momentum while Enya laments about sailing away. A stunning and powerful opener which still sounds amazing. More of the same can be found on 'Carribean Blue' which is less abrasive and conjures up images of cruising on gentle ocean waves with the sun beating down on you.

        'Anywhere Is' is a treasure, building to lavish finale with a drum chorus. It is magical and spirited and Enya's vocals are keen and pert on the verses. One of her closest efforts to create a pop track can be found on 'Only If.' Here she carves out a wonderful melody which is rich and earnest and the song will melt away any doubts you have.

        For lessons in delicacy, 'China Roses' and 'Watermark' both serve as prime examples of how Enya is capable of creating genteel compositions with understated elegance. These tracks show her at her very best and are touching and emotive.

        'On My Way Home' harks back to her earlier sound and even blends sections of her debut hit into the final part of the song. It is a zestful track which makes you feel like winter is arriving. The closer is a haunting and enchanting affair, you will probably recognise the song as it has been sampled numerous times! 'Boadicea' is a memorable and thought provoking end to a stunning and original collection. Highly recommended.

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          19.07.2005 17:45
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          a great collection of chilled out songs

          I must be going through a bit of a mellower stage of life at the moment, hot on the heels of a Loreena McKennitt review comes one for Enya, probably the best known artist working in the same hard to categorise musical field. Like Loreena McKennitt, Enya mixes a range of musical styles, and even languages, to create her own beautiful musical tapestry. Both women borrow from a wide range of cultures from around the world and don’t even limit themselves to the here and now, delving back in time as the need arises to create soundscapes full of mystery and timeless wonder. Enya, as I said, is probable seen as the ambassador for this genre and since the release of Watermark in 1988 has sold 44 million album, received a handful Grammy nominations (and two wins) and has managed to propel herself to the position of most successful female solo artist in her homeland of Ireland. Although it becomes difficult to separate one from the other Enya the vocalist is not the same as Enya the band, indeed the vocalist is always credited with her given name, Eithne Ní Bhraonáin Although always regarded as purely a solo affair, the albums released under her more manageable professional name are the collaboration between the high profile vocalist herself, producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan. By her own admission without any of them Enya would not exist. This album is a “best of” collection and was released in 1997 and so is a collection of the tracks found on Watermark, Shepherds Moon and Memory of Trees as well as The Celts, a pre-Watermark sound track to a T.V. documentary, which was re-mastered and released in its own right in 1992.

          Best of albums are great as a furtive dip into the watery depths of an artist, and Paint the Sky… is ideal for that. Fourteen tracks outline the ex-Clannad members career (I told myself I wasn’t going to mention her former band, oh well) and two new creations that sound as if they were big hits for her anyway.

          The album opens, quite rightly, with Orinoco Flow, this is after all where it all began, the one that got the girl noticed and marked her out for great things. An almost pop induced collection of classical cellos, piano and modern keyboards provide a platform for this nautical journey that takes us…

          From Bissau to Palau - in the shade of Avalon,
          From Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony,
          From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon,
          From Bali to Cali - far beneath the Coral Sea

          …and Orinoco Flow appears to relate to the name of a boat and a long dreamt of journey. Intricate piano riffs wash over you like the waves against the prow of the boat as the dynamic within the song rises and falls to create a range of sound within the song, from minimal unaccompanied vocals to full on orchestral power. This song introduces you to the originality of what Enya does, in its component parts the songs are formed from classical sound, the building blocks used by Wagner, Strauss and Mozart, but when mixed with modern electronic studio wizardry and the fantastic and richly textured vocal arrangements and a commercial bias, the end result is a unique creation, familiar yet totally original. It would be too much to relate the details of every song to you and that would also be to spoil the joy of listening to the album, which I believe you all should, so it must suffice for me to highlight the tracks that typify Enya's unique qualities.

          Caribbean Blue seems to be a modern take on a Strauss like waltz, its gentle three-four beat and an almost harpsichord backing act as a structure for a vocal wash that takes the place of the orchestra of days past, Blue Danube for the new age. After the almost monastic chant of Book of Days comes a counterpoint in the form of Anywhere is. Almost as well known as Orinoco Flow it is a combination of classical rhythms and pop sensibilities.

          You go there you're gone forever
          I go there I'll lose my way
          If we stay here we're not together
          Anywhere is

          The Celts, a track from the early work is sung in Gaelic and highlights the artists fascinations with language, at a turn Greek, Latin or Spanish may be called on to achieve the desired affect and comes from the attitude that the voice is as much an instrument as a means of literal communication, therefore it is not always necessary that you understand the actual words, the emotional connection between artist and listener is what is important. In this song as well as others on the album (Ebudae) it is enough to experience the overall effect without needing to know the literal meaning of what is being said and Gaelic is such a wonderful language to listen to details become unimportant.

          Like the aforementioned Ms McKennitt that I constantly compare this artist to, the music has the ability to whisk you away to a place of the performers choosing, Storms In Africa evokes the dark skies prior to the dangers of a wild tropical downpour on the dark continent and at a turn a song such as Paint the Sky With Stars, incidentally one of the two composed for the album specifically, will whisk you off to fly through the night sky. Whilst most of the songs have a wistful feeling, there is as much celebration as reflection in this collection of songs and On My Way Home seems to contain an equal measure of both. As you would expect the vocal work is what stands out with this album, and with Enya’s work in general, but that is in no way to say that there is anything lacking in the music, it is as beautiful, subtle, emotive and creative as the voice, which in many ways should be seen as an instrument itself and not a separate entity.

          Whether looking for and introduction into the eclectic world of new age music, an overview of Enya or your just looking for a lovely set of songs to provide a relaxing ambience for those quiet moments, Paint The Sky… is one album that fits the bill.

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            It was this collection of songs that led to my discovery of enya,at christmas 2000,when I bought it after hearing a song on an advert.I didn't know what song it was,but it was amazing,beautiful and unmistakable enya,so I thought 'surely the greatest hits album is going to have it?' I knew of the first track 'Orinoco Flow' quite well.Unless you live on mars it would have been impossible not to hear 'sail away,sail away,sail away..',the song that that took enya to #1 in the autumn of 1988 for a 3 week stay.so I skipped it in search of the song I 'd heard.And then it appeared.The second song on 'Paint the sky with stars',and I turned off the lights and went into another world. Indeed the rest of the album shows enya's musical capability of taking the listener to a land of dreams. Whether it's the strident,hypnotic wonderment of 'Orinoco Flow' or the wonderfully relaxing calm of 'watermark',this collection shows that enya's music,contrary to popular belief,is not all about being jiggly puff from pokemon and sending everybody to sleep with her voice. The album,as I said,begins with 'Orinoco Flow'.I've grown to love this song so much it has become my favourite song of all time.I love it so much infact I have it tattood on my back in the same writing used in the album sleeve.Dedication or what? The song begins with a dramatic beat,striking out while after a few seconds a wonderful piano trickles through it,then enya begins to sing. A most distinctive voice that seems to be just another instrument in the song,it blends perfectly with the music.It is in the first verse where the irish songstress mentions 'letting the orinoco flow'.by the bridge it has completely incapsulated the listener with it's wondering sound and enya faintly singing 'da da'.Then the pinacle of the song arrives,it's chorus.Few pieces of music are as
            recognisable as that of the chorus of this song,anywhere in the world you can sing it and people know it,though not the singer who sings it! The song pretty much alternates on the same basis after that(chorus,verse,chorus etc).the lyrics are somewhat curious,obviously about somesort of round the world trip with enya stating several different locations across the globe,some made up such as the 'isles of ebony'.She even credits her record company owner rob dickens by saying he can steer the wheel of the ship! 'Orinoco Flow' is a fantastic song and a great way to begin the album.the mood then changes from travels of enwonderment to jumping of the ship at night to the sound of 'carribean blue',the second track on 'paint the sky with stars'. It begins with a synth,then collapses into a mix of a wonderful flute like sounds to end with enya piping 'ah'.the song then begins properly.with it's writhing vocals,mystical sound and dark mood it's a truly beautiful and enchanting song.Enya then sings her bit,then the music again sends shivers down your spine with it's jumping loops.the structure of thes song is quite boring,unlike the dramatic musical differences heard in it's predocessor,with 'Carribean blue's' musical basis being more simple,yet still producing a most amazing sound.how it only managed to reach number 13 in the charts is beyond me... I'ts follow up,'book of days',faired better at #10,yet it is nowhere near as good as the previous two tracks.It is typical enya,although slightly more dramatic.It starts with a piano,which carries on throughout the song,and it isn't until after the second chorus that the best part of the song arrives.It all slows down,with just enya's floaty voice being accompanied by wind chimes,before thumping triumphantly into the meaty piano and the rest.The song ends on a spanishy note with a flash of clastenett
            es be fore finishing. synths then begin,while a traveling,catchy melody leads you into 'anywhere is',enya's second biggest hit.It is slightly more commercial sounding than her other songs.yet it is still a stand out track,with it's unbelievably catchy sound that makes circuits around your brain for hours.it's lyrical content again is mysterious but has references to finding your way around a maze which is perfectly suited to the song's sudden switches of music.the highlight of this song is like 'book of days',a strident smash into the chorus from the dreamy ,floaty bridge. 'Only if' is another typical enya track with a catchy chorus of 'only if you want to...'worth a listen,making way for the less vocal 'the celts'with it jingly,traveling melody. both these songs are quite upbeat and dramatic,so what better way to relax your ears than with 'china roses'?the seventh track on the album. by far the most beautiful song on the album,although not the best,it has a truly heavenly feel.You can just imagine entering the pearly gates while walking on soft clouds with a rosy hue all around and feeling no pain or sadness.amazing. it truly shows this during the last third of the song,where it is just enya singing 'i see the sun,i see the stars'.an amazing piece of music which lets you drift off to a better place. if only it lasted longer,oh well then just listen to 'sheperd moons',the next track.it's a piano piece with hints of enya's vocals.it's pretty good but not that outstanding.yet it is soon forgotten about with 'ebudae'and it's beating drums and gaelic lyrics(enya's first language) chanting their way to the song's abrupt end.it's short,but sweet. 'storms in africa'as the name suggests has an african theme to it,with drums smashing to the sound of children singing 'na-na-na,na na&#
            39;. 'w atermark' is the only piano solo,and what a good one it is.it's the most relaxing song on the album with a certain story behind it which anyone can conjure up in their mind. It's follow up is again very relaxing but quite bland and doesn't suit the title 'paint the sky with stars'as the song itself is titled.she should of called the album 'sail away!' If you haven't fallen asleep from listening to these two tracks(as I did)you will hear the humming of 'marble walls'(which for anyone sleeping should be a wake up call since enya's voice pierces your ears with it's purity).It's a simple song,very nice,letting the listener listen to her vocals more. 'on my way home' goes back to the territory of 'book of days'and 'only if',unmistakable upbeat enya yet not anything exceptional.and then 'the memory of trees',another beautiful song with it's typical multi-vocal choir like voices.This effect is more evident on this song than most,but it is what distingiushes enya from most other singers since this 'multi-vocal' effect gives her an unmistakable identity which she uses almost eveywhere in her music when singing. the album ends on a dark note with 'boudicea'.with it's moody humming and volatile music it suits the image of the icelandic battle axe perfectly.and of course the fact that it was sampled by the fugees in 'ready or not'has to be mentioned,for their number 1 hit wouldn't have got anywhere without 'boudicea' as the backing track. Although enya is a wonderful artist I know her music very well and have to say she could have included other songs on the album as a'best of'collection.songs such as 'oriel window','evening falls','the longships' and 'lothlorien' which deserve more recognition as they are as superb as 'orinoco flo
            w','carribean blue'&'ch ina roses'. also worth a look is the art work on the album sleeve,charactarised by brody neauschander's calligraphy.but of course,no one is going to buy a CD for it's art work,but for anyone wanting to get into enya there is no better place to start than with 'paint the sky with stars',giving one a scope of a highly underrated musical talent.

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            Sail away” to Enya’s island of her music and the frailties that become strong where she welcomes you on her shores. Questions arise on the melodramatic and sometimes so very vulnerable melodies that make you forget that life is not always jaded, as it seems to be. A streak of confidence, with the abundance of perfection will breathe and enliven the souls deep inside. “Paint the Sky With Stars”, her 1997 release of the best singles in her career sets forth the changes – changes that are noticed – changes that are enjoyed from the uninhibited joy of “Orinoco Flow” to the gloomy visions of “Boadicea”. In the listening the river of her myriad vocals sing together the genuine and ethereal lyrics of Roma Ryan. The opening theme, which was her debut single of 1988 “Orinoco Flow” starts painting the canvas in an enthusiastic manner, with the swift notes of the uplifting piano. Her joyful voice scampers from one place to the other ends of the world, dragging coastlines and inspiring us to travel and explore the oceans. Here’s the first verse- “ let me sail, let me sail, let the Orinoco flow/ let me reach, let me beach on the shores of Tripoli/. Let me sail, let me sail, let me crash upon your shore/ let me reach, let me beach far beyond the Yellow Sea.” The running tempo and the re-surfacing and flowing of the piano together with the repeated “Sail away” bring one good smile on your face. “Caribbean Blue” is melancholic and inspiring with its drifting sorrow, which washes away in the circulating conclusion of her hums and the piano. It has Latin phrases, which act as the sorrowful hooks. The verse is very much of a pop stature but the lyrics are nothing of the same but are in fact inspirational. “Book of Days” has chirpy vocal hooked by the twists and the turns, which portray the very “Irish folk
            ” colour in it. It swerves every now and then like the journey she wants to talk about, the hard way which has to be crossed, of tears and salvation. The song is partly in Gaelic (Irish), which has made the scenery startling like an escapade. Its follow-up “Anywhere Is” is equally upbeat with a merry and beautiful chorus that will gently pull your heartstrings. A superb piece of music that makes us feel that life is joyous yet like a maze that can end you nowhere. It focuses on its shuttling vocals making it sound optimistic. Even the short pause just before the ending doesn’t hamper this track. Following it is the bonus, “Only if” which is promising and euphoric like a child’s stubborn and hardships song. With the carefully derived combination of the menacing and frolicking chorus” and the French patter “Ah! Je voudrai voler comme un oiseau d’aile” which soar to tell that she wants to fly sticks glued to the memory. “The Celts” is a meticulous combination of various instruments with cheery vocals, which strike at perfect intervals. Her voice is free flowing as usual. “Saol na saol,Tús go deireadh.Tá muid beo Go deo.” These catchy Gaelic lines remind us of the mankind that has to live and flourish. It unfolds with its sheer beauty like a newly born child and waves slowly, that’s one reason and the gleeful end makes it my favourite track. Want to go mellow? There’s “China Roses” Though lyrics at the foreground, the instruments arise bloom and mature and touch the zenith. Enya’s voice is crystal clear and the soothing music has a sedative effect. Another example of Enya’s Classics. The very birth of “Shepherd Moons” calms you down, hazes visions something like aromatherapic candles. A pretty much, what I feel to be an escapist song, it was written about the moons that caress Jupiter like a shepherd.
            The soft patter of the ostensible wind and escalating piano-riff blinds you and you are lost in the orbit. “Ebudae” marches slowly in between. This strikingly short melody takes dramatic turns in between casting pale and beauteous shadows while picking up the rhythm. “Storms in Africa” is an almost instrumental melody with deep enthusiastic murmurs that springs out. It is not typically “Enya” and sings of tedious journey drawing little light from “The Celts”, making another foray to shed light into the evolution and the persisting journey of mankind. “Watermark” which follows is placid and of a very genteel nature just fitting the “New Age” bill, as her music is widely described. If you want to experience more power of her vocals, then “Paint the sky with Stars” and “Marble Halls” is here. In the former Enya asks quietly, “Who has paced the midnight sky?” shows the very dearth of instrumentation where soft hum is evident. “Marble Halls” is more of a singsong kind than its predecessor. It’s the slowest and is mellow in texture. Enya talks in her dreams. It pulls you down to confirm the love that she feels. She repeats and pleads slowly until it ends like a forgotten beautiful dream. “On my way home” is startling stuff. It leaves you footloose, soft at first and the merry piano-riff that matures like a lotus. The lyrics talk of opportunities and wishes that are to be found and fulfilled. The ending tracks are instrumental, “The Memory of Trees” blossoms like trees and you now know the reason why it was so named. This garden of melody shoves around like a good-will blessing from the goddess of trees. “Boadicea” has gloomy visions. It haunts the soul, making things thoughtful. It takes a turn making it creepy and haunting while the hums are remembered. This collect
            ion ranging from her 1988 to 1997 career holds you spellbound and every idiosyncratic track finishes the painting. There are simple notes, some are complicated but none are over exaggerated. They have the new age feel and Roma Ryan’s lyrics talk of universal things. Enya is a paradigm of outstanding ethereal music, and possessions that have not lost their sensations. They talk of those tings that stick in the sky, things that amaze you, something’s that let you down and the overall haul – the fountainhead of joy.

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              I am a 65-year-old woman and I like all the normal types of music for my age. Patsy Cline, Old blue eye?s himself Frank Sinatra, that kind of thing. But I recently borrowed a CD from my grandson, Enya ? Paint the sky with stars ? the best of Enya, and I thought it was absolutely wonderful. Enya is an Irish lady with a talent for playing a host of instruments, most notably the piano. She has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard and after listening to this album I have asked my grandson to record it on his computer for me, so it can take pride of place in my collection. Below is a description of some of my favorite tracks from it, followed by the full album listing. Track 1 - Orinoco Flow For anyone who likes Enya, then this will most likely be the song that you will remember the most. My grandson informs me that this song spent no less than 5 weeks as the Uk?s no 1 record on it?s release in the late 1980?s. It is quite a powerful track but also carries a dramatic melody. I wouldn?t say it is my personal favorite on the album but I do still like to listen to it. Track 2 ? Caribbean Blue This is one of the most relaxing songs on the whole album, it?s moody undertow and haunting lyrics are the perfect recipe for sending your entire body to sleep. Every time I listen to this song my body goes all-numb as it really does carry your senses away. Track 7 ? China Roses Again, this track is as relaxing as they come, but this one is slightly deeper than Caribbean blue. It is slower in pace and a little more dramatic, a perfect harmonic song that will leave you breathless every time you listen to it. Track 10 ? Storms in Africa This track is one of Enya?s most famous songs, it often gets used on the soundtracks of films. The one I remember it being on was My Life, staring Michael Keaton and the great Nicole Kidman. This one is more of an angelic humming than a strait fo
              rward song, and captures the heart strait from the slow build up right to the powerful energetic ending. Track 13 ? Marble Halls This track is my favorite one on the album, it is one of the slowest and most melodramatic songs on here. I have heard Marble halls on a number of films before and is one of Enya?s most used tracks. This song is mainly about her wonderful voice rather than her music, and makes me feel really happy each time I play it. Track 16 ? Boadicea I love this track to pieces, it is the most haunting song on the album but also one of the most angelic. There are no words to this, just a strange and wonderful humming that sends a tingle down your spine. I don?t know about this modern stuff, but my grandson tells me that this song is the theme tune to a Steven King film called Sleepwalkers. He also informed me that the song was bootlegged ? whatever that means ? by the Fugees in a song called ready or not, which apparently reached no 1 a couple of years ago. You young people may already know this but like I said at the beginning of this opinion, I am 65 years old. Tracks ? 1, 3, 4, 5, and 14 are very similar to modern type pop music and will appeal to even the youngest of fans. The album comes in a dark brown case dotted with stars and has a light brown front sleeve and has a picture of the beautiful Enya herself. The inside is decorated with stars and a picture of Enya painting them into the night sky. The album was released in 1997 and I am told that you could now buy a copy from HMV for under £10. Believe me, it would be £10 well spent. Album listing 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 9.Ebudae 10.Storms in Africa 11.Watermark 12.Paint the sky with stars 13.Marble halls 14.On my way home 15.The memory of tr
              ees 16.Boadicea

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                I've never really been into new age music, but Enya is just an incredibly special artist. This album, a collection of her best material, is one of the best album's i've ever listened to. Orinoco Flow- Sung in a way that you could imagine Enya floating down the Orinoco river. The song is very well known as it was one of the bigger hits. Carribean Blue - Beautiful and quiet. It really has an underwater effect to it. Enya's vocals sound like the noises you approach when deep in the ocean. Book Of Days - Another one of the big hits. Slightly faster but just as relaxing. The part where it quitens is just amazing! Anywhere Is - Sounds a bit commercialised. The verses could be those of a pop song, but the chorus and lyrics prove this isn't an average boring ballad. Only If - Reminds me of Anywhere Is. I always get them mixed up. Cacthy chorus complete with those haunting chants to back up the brilliant song. The Celts- You can picture armies marching to the beats of this track. Enya's lyrics are also impressive. China Roses- A delicate song which is nice and quiet. Watch out though!you'll be off asleep in no time! Shepherd Moons- Beautiful classical singing with the piano stringing ever so lovely. Ebudae- A lively track sung entirely in Irish Gaelic. Short but very sweet. Storms In Africa- Takes a long time to start up but once it's in full swing, it's a masterpiece. Watermark- Another slow and quiet piano based track which sounds like Shepherd Moons. Much more pleasant though. Paint The Sky With Stars- Enya sings without any humming or chanting here. Not the best on the album. Marble Halls- So lovely, I could cry everytime I hear it! A traditional hymn sung much better than any old person, and it has a stunning rhythm. On My Way Home- Introduced by church or
                gans, then evolves into a typical relaxing Enya song. The Memory Of Trees- Starts slow and quiet, then builds up into a big new age anthem with all the usual soothing lyrics that Enya provides! Boadicea- Made famous by the Fugees when they borrowed it. Good tune, but could of done with something else to make the track a bit better. Well, i'm more impressed with this than I am with my favourite artist Michael Jackson's albums!

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                03.11.2001 22:28
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                I used to always refer to Enya as a boring, sad singer. But now years later, I've realised what a drastic mistake I made. Paint The Sky With Stars is one the best albums I own, and it's so soothingly different to everything else in todays rushed world. A greatest hits album far more complex than that of Madonna or Backstreet Boys. Its all about relaxation here. The best album to be released by the talented irish classic singer, her latest effort "A Day Without Rain" doesn't stand a chance. What makes Enya even more incredible is that she can sing in Irish Gaelic (that makes those haunting tracks seem even better). The music on this large spectacular display album goes from being a dark- winter smooth to a sunny summer happiness feeling. You will want to listen to this after a hard day at work or while the autumn rain lashes down outside. And the commerical side of the album: all the songs have been in the UK top 40 so that should please all you chart lovers. I don't think this is for pop lovers or children, but sophisticated individuals will adore this true masterpiece by the queen of real music.

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                  09.05.2001 04:34
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                  Paint the Sky with Stars by Enya is a classic album. Every track is excellent and so relaxing to listen to, one song just flows into another and great to listen to when you want to unwind after a hard day’s work. She has a haunting voice that gives me a tickle on the back of my neck; I could listen to her for hours. Let me take you through the album. Track one: The famous ‘Orinoco Flow’ this is a chirpy song and the chorus line every so often ‘Sail Away Sail Away’ hits in with a beat of deep drums. What a great choice for the start of the album. Track two: ‘Caribbean Blue’ with its soft strumming guitar start, and then she starts to sing. Her voice is something else. If you close your eyes you can imagine the tide ebbing in and out, I can almost feel the water lapping around my feet. Track three: ‘Book of Days’ a piano plays all the way through this very catchy track and the background choristers really compliment Enya here. Track four: ‘Anywhere Is’ another chirpy number on the choppy seas this time but she is only dreaming, an unusual number for Enya but very easy to listen to. Track five: ‘Only if’ a simple song but you find yourself singing along to the chorus ‘If You Really Want To’ its really catchy. Track six: ‘The Celts’ the musical entrance to this track is superb and then she comes in with that voice of hers, she seems to be humming more than singing lyrics a very moving piece. Track seven: ‘China Roses’ my favourite, it has to be listened to with your eyes shut. A true classical piece and so relaxing. She has a perfect voice and singing this song it really stands out. Track eight: ‘Shepherd Moons’ A really nice piano piece that lasts for three and a half minutes so relaxing. Track nine: ‘Ebud
                  ae’ an African dance and the drum beat in the background really makes this track special but it is quite short just lasting 1.53 minutes. Track ten: ‘Storms in Africa’ carrying on the African theme it starts with a guitar playing then the choristers come in. You can really imagine the skies blackening with the rolling clouds coming down over the mountains. As the track goes on it gets more dramatic, the drums get louder, and the choristers fasten their beat until you actually imagine the heavens opening. Track eleven: ‘Watermark’ the piano plays a haunting tune here, it sounds quite sad but boy it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I usually back track and play this over again, it just isn’t long enough for me. Track twelve: ‘Paint the Sky with Stars’ What a superb one to follow that last track, again tingle on the neck. Her voice is so clear and she sings with such feeling. Track thirteen: ‘Marble Halls’ a ballad sung again crystal clear and so haunting. It has a nice flow and she hits some high notes with such ease. Track fourteen: ‘On My Way Home’ Church organ entry then a strong choral song with the odd church bell ringing makes this a lovely piece. The chorus is catchy you start to tap your feet a bit towards the end. Very refreshing. Track fifteen: ‘The Memory of Trees’ nice serene start from the piano then it warms up to a crescendo when the voices hit in and flows along so beautifully. Listening to this I imagine myself in the middle of a forest with the wind blowing, the leaves on the trees are rustling like mad it is a magical track. Track sixteen: ‘Boadicea’ brilliant end for the album, simple tune to put you in a state of complete relaxation. The background tune behind her humming sounds like the tune from that old classic film ‘The Fog’.
                  Now that it is finished I will start from track one again it is so addictive. If you appreciate a touch of class you have to play this work of art.

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                    19.10.2000 18:12

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                    Well, I know that typically a greatest hits can be a bit dodgy. That it's a bit of a money making exercise, but.... This one is really good. It's extremely relaxing, and includes all of the big songs by the lady. Yes, all the ones from all of the adverts! It is something that is right for a certain kind of mood, but less so than her other albums, as the more poppy songs are on here, more than the moody ones! Definitely worth buying, even for non-Enya fans..

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                    14.07.2000 20:38
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                    Paint the Sky With stars, is the best of Enya, 14 classic Enya tracks, and 2 new tracks. It includes Orinoco flow, Caribbean Blue, and other familiar songs. The music flows very well, and carries you along, so you don't really notice individual tracks, only the fact that the music, is relaxing, uplifting, and perfect for putting on to calm down after a stressed day!Like any best of album, it may be annoying for those who have bought each previous album, but as it flows so well, I don't think this applies to this particular compilation.

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                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 Orinoco Flow
                  2 Caribbean Blue
                  3 Book of Days
                  4 Anywhere Is
                  5 Only If...
                  6 Celts
                  7 China Roses
                  8 Shepherd Moons
                  9 Ebudae
                  10 Storms in Africa
                  11 Watermark
                  12 Paint the Sky With Stars
                  13 Marble Halls
                  14 On My Way Home
                  15 Memory of Trees
                  16 Boadicea