Album cover: Amarantine


Enya: Amarantine

Dan Leroy

The Hartford (CT) Courant, 2 December 2005

Enya fans have it rough -- and not just because their New Age icon has once again kept them waiting half a decade. The problem is, what is there to talk about between releases? It's not as if she's going to spring a hip-hop collaboration on an unsuspecting world. Enya found a formula early on -- masses of Anglican harmony and cavernous echo synthesizing churchly grandeur for even the irreligious -- and she has wisely stuck by it. So on each new recording, the trick is how effectively this Irish musician and her longtime collaborators Nicky and Roma Ryan can massage that signature sound.

You always hope a five-year gestation will eliminate such chaff as the self-descriptive Drifting, and the album loses steam in a hurry near the end. But any of a half-dozen songs -- the fragile ballad If I Could Be Where You Are among them -- could be the successor to Enya's huge 2001 hit, Only Time. It can be said, with respect: It's hard to imagine music more reassuring than this.

Note: Transcribed by Book of Days. The review also appeared in the Orlando (FL) Sentinel on the same day.