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Enya for the holidays

Reviewed December 2008

And Winter Came
And Winter Came
By Enya

Reprise Records: 2008

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Almost as generically seasonal as holiday-specific, the latest holiday release from the Irish superstar is closer to the sort of Solstice collection Windham Hill tends to issue than it is to most Christmas music. Dreamy and atmospheric, both classical and of no time at all, "And Winter Came" has the feel of Christmas in Tolkien's Middle Earth.

"White Is the Winter Night" and "Trains and Winter Rains" are the most typically Enya songs here, with pizzicato figures dancing atop the melody. "Journey of the Angels" is almost hymnal (and is most definitely about the coming of Jesus), and her take on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is performed as a high Mass hymn.

Enya plays every instrument and provides all the vocals. If she has a tendency to over-arrange, over-play and over-produce, she compensates for an awful lot with that angelic voice of hers.

Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).

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