Soundtrack: The Celts by Enya

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Soundtrack: The Celts by Enya
Soundtrack: The Celts by Enya

Album Released: 1992

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1.The Celts2:50
3.I Want Tomorrow4:02
4.March Of The Celts3:10
5.Deireadh An Tuath1:43
6.The Sun In The Stream2:55
7.To Go Beyond (I)1:20
10.Triad: St. Patrick / Cú Chulainn / Oisín4:25
11.Portrait (Out Of The Blue)3:11
13.Bard Dance1:23
14.Dan Y Dŵr1:41
15.To Go Beyond (II)2:50


One thing that must be stated before delving into Enya albums is that they're pussy music - if you like guitars and stuff, then you'll most likely hate Enya.

You've surely heard her hit singles "Only Time" and "Orinoco Flow" - that's how it all sounds - fluffy, puffy, lighter-than-air, whatever you want to call it. Just don't expect much by way of diversity.

The documentary soundtrack The Celts was released prior to the massive success of Watermark, so - since this was a soundtrack album - there's some inevitable filler-type material, meaning several tracks are stuffed in the middle to just float by the listener without leaving a lasting mark or even a tip.

Nevertheless, there are several choice cuts here - the creepy, minimalist "I Want Tomorrow" and "Boadicea", and a blippy synth thing called "Aldebaran" - all great atmosphere pieces, and the title track boasts a great sing-songy melody.

"Fairytale" has some neat lullabye-ish electric piano; "Bard Dance" is indeed a little dance tune (in a medieval Celtic sort of fashion), and the rest ... well, the rest is okay.

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by Reviewer: Cole Reviews

Sister of Maire Ni Bhraonain (lead singer of Irish group Clannad, with whom she briefly performed), Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin remains one of the most beautiful singers in the world today.

Enya's voice is pure, clear, and heavenly, and - along with producer Nicky Ryan and his lyric-writing wife Roma - she has released a number of albums (sporadically) that follow a very similar pattern, but have nonetheless contained much haunting and captivating beauty. And as well as her voice and prowess on a variety of keyboard instruments, Enya is also blessed with a natural gift for writing gorgeous melodies which few are able to match.

This debut album was released in 1987 as Enya, being a selection of music from the BBC-TV series The Celts, and was then released under that name several years later, after the success of her subsequent two releases.

The Celts is different in format from what was to follow, with only one song, "I Want Tomorrow", that could be described as fairly standard. The rest is a collection of instrumentals else gentle singing, at various times sweet, dark, graceful, beautiful and moody. And Enya's much over-dubbed voice, even when not producing words (some of which are in English, others in Gaelic), becomes an instrument itself amongst the array of synthesizers and more standard selection of occasional pianos, violins, and - on "I Want Tomorrow" - an electric guitar even.

It's that variety in how the music is played which determines the appeal of individual tracks. For instance, one might find the uilleann pipes on "The Sun in the Stream" a bit jarring, while "Fairytale" has a much gentler instumental sound, yet both have captivating melodies. If I was to name personal favourites though, they would include "The Celts", "Aldebaran", "Epona", "Triad" (particularly the second and third sections"), and "Portrait".

This record is about enchanting, rich and gorgeous music, and although it was Enya's next album - the superb Watermark - that brought her deserved fame, The Celts is itself a classic. And the album's original artwork, featuring Enya with stuffed wolves, is also quite striking.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor