Née le 17 mai 1961 à Gaoth Dobhair, petite ville située dans une région côtière d'Irlande, Eithne Bhraonáin (dite « Enya Brennan », par ceux qui hésitent à retranscrire les noms irlandais sous leur forme traditionnelle) est fille et petite-fille de musiciens.
If you had but one Enya CD to buy, this would be it. You'd be missing much of the richness that comes through on her other albums (hence, I actually advocate you buy all of them in addition to this!), but given limited time and budget, this one is a great collection of many of the essentials of Enya's work. This is one of my 'desert island discs' (were I to be stranded on a deserted island, this is one of ten the CDs I would opt to take). This CD contains the highlights from her albums `The Celts', `Watermark', `Caribbean Blue', and `The Memory of Trees'. There are a few variations, however. The rendition of `Book of Days' on this, which was used in the cinematic film `Far and Away', is in English on this CD, whereas on the original album it is in Gaelic. Classic tracks from the albums are here; this is her 'greatest hits so far' album (I hate the idea of a 'greatest hits' album for a still-productive artist, as if the best is behind). `Orinoco Flow' was her first 'smash' hit (having achieved some notice and popularity from `The Celts', it actually took this song to break into the charts and mainstream notice). The music from this song is flowing and haunting, with an interesting combination of celtic influences and modern recording techniques. Other popularly known songs include `Caribbean Blue', a song in a similar style; `Storms in Africa', an interesting juxtaposition of African and celtic rhythms with interesting lyrical content; `Anywhere is', likewise with overdubs and haunting strains, but a determined beat that is hopeful and progressive. Lesser known songs from her albums include `The Celts' and `Boadicea', both used as backing tracks for the BBC series on the history of the Celtic peoples. There are two new tracks on this album, too: `Only if...', which is upbeat with a strong tempo and lyric, and `Paint the Sky with Stars', a beautiful, subdued, melancholy tune which brings the trademark celtic sadness to bear on this, the title track. Produced with husband Nicky Ryan, this is an excellent collection that gives both a good introduction and a good musical synopsis of a truly remarkable artist, one who has combined ancient and modern in quite innovative ways.Lire la suite ›