Cover: The Memory of Trees


Enya - The Memory of Trees

Don Heckman

Los Angeles Times (USA) 2 December 1995

Musical Spirits Continue to Inspire Enya

Enya still hasn't come out of her musical trance. That'll be good news to those who were captivated by Watermark and Shepherd Moons, the Irish artist's two previous albums filled with blendings of multitrack vocals and synthesizers. On her new album (in stores on Tuesday), Enya remains on an ethereal plateau of her own, communing with musical spirits that seem to be generated by wind and tides.

Still, there's no denying both the technical proficiency and the moodsustaining qualities of the 11 selections, which range from mysterious chanting and rich, orchestral-like textures to Enya's angelic, folk soprano (especially on "Hope Has a Place" and "Athair Ar Neamh") and nostalgic-sounding pianistics. As with all her work, the pieces flow together seamlessly, creating a kind of loose connectedness that almost demands that the album be heard in its entirety.

That Enya has written, sung and performed all the music herself is remarkableless so for her sheer virtuosity than for her ability to bring everything together with such a degree of constantly absorbing musical and emotional authenticity. If anything can restore the tarnished image of New Age music, this may be it.

Rating: ***

Note: Transcribed by Tomás Román. Albums are rated 1 star (poor) to 3 stars (excellent).