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  • Summary: The singer's first album in five years finds her once again collaborating with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, and includes three songs in her new made-up language Loxian.

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Amarantine
You know when you give your love away It opens your heart, everything is new And you know time will always find a way To let your heart believe it's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Uncut
    60
    As an oasis of calm in a world of noise and chaos, it's easy to understand her appeal. [Jan 2006, p.114]
  3. Anyone order more of the same?
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    50
    What was once bracing now seems dull and stultifying. [25 Nov 2005, p.100]
  5. Billboard
    50
    This album is calm and relaxing almost to a fault. [26 Nov 2005]
  6. Amarantine sounds like it was born in cloistered solitude, self-referentially echoing Enya albums past.
  7. The New York Times
    30
    The overall effect of "Amarantine" is like drowning in whipped cream. [28 Nov 2005]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. czwsh
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Excellent - just what you would want from Enya
  2. KayS
    Feb 18, 2006
    10
    Just what I expect from Enya. Only Enya could make me want to cry with one song and feel at peace with myself with the next. Enya is able to Just what I expect from Enya. Only Enya could make me want to cry with one song and feel at peace with myself with the next. Enya is able to evoke may great feeling in her readers. I love every single song on the album but the songs Long Long Journey as it reminds me of my circumstances and Amarantine are my favorites.. Btw whats wrong with having an album extremely calming and refreshing? I fail to see the problem. These song are way better than the rap, hip hop and soul I listen to. Expand
  3. nandoc
    Mar 15, 2006
    10
    Best album of this year.
  4. Ritzhi
    Jan 1, 2006
    9
    Nice album. Relaxing and comforting you when you are strezz :)
  5. StuartT
    Sep 21, 2006
    8
    Not as good as previose albums could have been better, however, could have been alot worse. Lets hope it will not take Enya another five Not as good as previose albums could have been better, however, could have been alot worse. Lets hope it will not take Enya another five years to bring out another album. Expand
  6. 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.
  7. BrendaH
    Dec 15, 2005
    1
    Very disappointing--she must have been wrongfully influenced. Title should be changed to reflect the music, like Music To Die With or Love is Very disappointing--she must have been wrongfully influenced. Title should be changed to reflect the music, like Music To Die With or Love is Hopeless. Expand

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