Shephard Moons


Warner Music, 1991

REVIEW BY: Tammy Childs


Music is the means we use to salve a battered heart, energize a weary spirit, provide support for our beliefs, or express our anger and frustration. Music often speaks when we cannot find the words. When I am stressed from the storms of everyday struggles-just-to-survive, I often find myself turning to music for relief.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Now, some music buffs may find Enya syrupy and sickening sweet, but for me she is an artist who provides respite to soothe my tired soul. Classified as a "New Age" artist, she has established a channel through which she expresses her appreciation for her Irish heritage and her love of musical chords.

Born in 1961, as Eithne Ni' Bhraona'in (Gaelic), Enya was raised amongst other talented family members. The siblings' musical activities nourished and broadened her abilities into the fine-tuned machine it is today. She relies on the Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge) as her first language, and her lyrics are frequently in that tongue.

She has been called a chanteuse, but I believe that detracts from the import and beauty of her music. This ethereal-voiced woman with her delicate, otherwordly features exposes your emotions and then encourages you to move on and live again.

With her classical background she is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and finds the writing of songs difficult. This is never exhibited in the end result. A wonderful example of that is "How Can I Keep From Singing." It is a lyrical piece; the euphonic nature is in total sychronization with the soft musical undertones. One of the things I particularly like about Enya's music is that most often her incantations create the tune itself.

"Ebudae" is a much shorter selection but is rhythmically strong. It has a more forceful timbre and takes on a life of its own. I think special note should be made of Roma Ryan's deftness in writing lyrics that correlate perfectly to Enya's vocal range. She uses Enya's melodic capabilities to their full potential.

I am a simple girl and I like simple things; Enya is uncomplicated but in no way simplistic. She has the voice and face of an angel. She makes things, although not perfect, at least peaceful once again.

Rating: A

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Well it's a nice bio of Enya. But you don't tell us much about this album. Especially why you gave it an A.

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