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Only Time
Who can say where the road goes? Where the day flows? Only time And who can say if your love grows As your heart chose? Only time Who can say why... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Enya keeps the comfort factor high with several compositions that are arguably descendants of her 1989 pop hit, "Orinoco Flow." She steps outside of that zone on the first single, "Only Time," an elegant effort that is wrapped in soothing harmonics fondly reminiscent of vintage Beach Boys tunes...
  2. This is music that works almost entirely as a surface pleasure; strip it of its pretensions, and it's just contemporary easy listening music.
  3. Unfortunately, A Day Without Rain, Enya's first new studio album in five years, lacks the edge that could pry it loose from the New Age niche. The Irish traditional music Enya performed so skillfully in the early 1980s with Clannad has by now largely disappeared in a mélange of sly, Celtic-flavored pop hooks and muddled mysticism. The only mystery is why it took her so long to come up with something so short (under 35 minutes) -- and, in many spots, so uninspired.
  4. If Enya were a Pokemon, she'd be Jigglypuff, the little pink monster who renders her opponents powerless by singing them to sleep.... The Irish multi-instrumentalist-singer-composer's skill at ephemeral sonic watercolors has grown wearisome, like a relative who tells the same stories every holiday.
  5. Essentially, it sounds exactly like each of her four previous albums. Sure, she's consistent, but does she never tire of forever sounding the same...?
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    25
    Unless you're bound in an herbal body wrap, there's simply no acceptable reason to listen to this New Age nonsense. [11/24/2000, p.82]
  7. Yanni is Tchaikovsky by comparison, Sarah McLachlan Ella Fitzgerald, treacle Smithfield ham.... Like Master P or Michael Bolton only worse, she tests one's faith in democracy itself.

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  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Aug 16, 2013
    10
    One of the best albums of Enya. I love her and her music so much. My favourite songs on the album are Fallen Embers, Deora Ar Mo Chroi, WildOne of the best albums of Enya. I love her and her music so much. My favourite songs on the album are Fallen Embers, Deora Ar Mo Chroi, Wild Child and Tempus Vernum. Expand
  2. monicas
    Dec 31, 2004
    10
    I found "aday without rain" to be very safisticated and it helped me through a hardtime in my life when i would have given up hope of ever I found "aday without rain" to be very safisticated and it helped me through a hardtime in my life when i would have given up hope of ever finding true happyness. Expand
  3. Hollie
    Oct 24, 2001
    10
    i love this album. Enya's song " only time" is so peaceful and soothing.
  4. JonathanC
    Nov 22, 2005
    10
    Enya, once again makes an amazing album with some soothing, some energentic, but all wonderful pieces of music that are perfect for different Enya, once again makes an amazing album with some soothing, some energentic, but all wonderful pieces of music that are perfect for different settings. Whether your reading a book your fond of or, just relaxing after a tough day at the office, Enya will bring you to a new world for hal an hour...and if you have her other cd's you will have just as much enjoyment. Expand
  5. HarryM
    Dec 7, 2005
    9
    Enya is a delight to listen to. Her voice is amazingly controlled and she doesn't scream her lyrics. I'm intrigued by the fact that Enya is a delight to listen to. Her voice is amazingly controlled and she doesn't scream her lyrics. I'm intrigued by the fact that Enya composes, plays and sings all her songs. Expand
  6. weiyuanc
    Sep 4, 2004
    8
    i generally hate pop and the like, and live in my own world of classical music. enya has demonstrated a refreshing change in modern music, i generally hate pop and the like, and live in my own world of classical music. enya has demonstrated a refreshing change in modern music, incorporating meaningful lyrics and polyphony, which raises its musical value. its definitely much better than other types of music ive listened to (and swore not to listen again) and i hence rate it 8. Expand
  7. JonL
    Aug 5, 2007
    0
    This album is a musical Quaalude, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but its sheer vapidity is enough to infuriate me.

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