Album Cover: Shepherd Moons


Enya's graceful music is an acquired taste

Chuck Campbell

The Cincinnati Post (USA) 28 December 1991

"Shepherd Moons" (Reprise)

(****) Enya might be your guide through the clouds on a journey through astral projection. Or she might be a sleep aid.

The new-age singer/musician from Ireland creates elegant songs by combining graceful keyboards with extensive overdubbing of her angelic voice. She reportedly has used up to 500 recordings of her own vocals on a single track - a painstaking way to make music, but the result is a chilling, full-bodied sound.

The songs also are hypnotic, which might lead to drowsiness in some listeners

Enya's popularity in Europe is widespread, but fame in America so far in her short career has been limited to the 1988 hit "Orinoco Flow" and exposure on the soundtracks for the movies "L.A. Story" and "Green Card."

"Caribbean Blue," the first single from her new Shepherd Moons album, might follow the "Orinoco Flow" trail with its uptempo (for Enya) grace. But she shouldn't need a string of top-40 hits to entice buyers for her albums. She is one of the few originals in the music business, and her enchanting sounds are starkly beautiful.

In fact many of her better songs are simply too unusual to play alongside Michael Jackson and Guns N' Roses She even sings four songs in Gaelic on Shepherd Moons.

Simply put, it takes a different kind of music appreciation to like Enya than it does to like Hammer. But the effort is worthwhile: Just don't operate heavy machinery while you listen.

Note: Transcribed by Tomás Román.