Amarantine

  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Nov 22, 2005
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 54
  2. Negative: 7 out of 54

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  1. Matt
    Dec 7, 2005
    5
    Pretty bland. She doesn't shake things up enough vocally or with the arrangements. Her greatest hits collection is wonderful, and all you need so far with this artist.
  2. BitBurn
    Dec 12, 2005
    6
    It's the same ol' same ol'. Nuthin' new here but the usual (and outdated) keyboard sounds and whispering voices. Enya should try heavy metal for a change ;-)
  3. Robb
    Dec 13, 2005
    4
    Somewhat boring for an Enya album. Probably the worst so far. The invented language Loxian? is a bit too goofy. In general, song lyrics are quite lame.
  4. eny'all
    Dec 23, 2005
    5
    pros: lush quiet songs, smooth too cons: too piano-based, her earlier harp stuff was better, somewut blandly repetitive overview: an "eh" album.
  5. Frank
    Feb 16, 2006
    4
    We already listened to that stuff 5 years ago... It's very disapointing. On this album Enya simply abused her working recipe. While I once got charmed with her "oooooooooo, aaaaaaaaaaaaaa" creshendo kind of vocals, this time it doesn't has the same impact on me... in fact it doesn't has an impact at all.
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. While Amarantine will do nothing to win over the wrongly pegged new age artist's many detractors, longtime fans will find enough moments of serendipitous pleasure to hold them over for another five years.
  2. Amarantine sounds like it was born in cloistered solitude, self-referentially echoing Enya albums past.
  3. Billboard
    50
    This album is calm and relaxing almost to a fault. [26 Nov 2005]