A Day Without Rain

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Not to be confused with A Year Without Rain.
A Day Without Rain
Studio album by Enya
Released 20 November 2000 (2000-11-20) (UK)
21 November 2000 (2000-11-21) (US)
Recorded 2000
Genre New age
Length 37:30
Label WEA (UK)
Reprise (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
The Memory of Trees
(1995)
A Day Without Rain
(2000)
Amarantine
(2005)

A Day Without Rain is an album by Irish musician Enya, released on 20 September 2000 in the United Kingdom and 21 September 2000 in the United States. It won the Grammy Award for "Best New Age Album" of 2002. It is best known for the song "Only Time" which became a major success in 2000, and again in 2001 when it became identified with the 11 September 2001 attacks through extensive media use.

A Day Without Rain went on to become Enya's biggest selling release of her career and the fifth highest selling album worldwide of 2001.[1] It has sold over 15 million copies.[2] It is the top selling new age album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly D[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
Q 2/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice D−[9]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album received an average score of 41, which indicates "mixed of average reviews", based on 8 reviews.[10] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club found it too derivative of Enya's previous albums, which he found far more superior to A Day Without Rain.[11] In his review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau panned the album as nonsense, "goopier, more simplistic" than her breakthrough 1988 album Watermark.[9]

In a positive review, Billboard magazine complimented the album's production and said that the more experimental songs such as "Only Time" and "Lazy Days" "not only freshen a musical formula that still works extremely well but also leave the listener happily curious about Enya's next move.[12] People recommended the "masterful" album for a "rainy day" because of Enya's characteristic sound and tranquil mood.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

A Day Without Rain went on to become Enya's biggest selling release of her career and the fifth highest selling album worldwide of 2001.[1] It has sold over 15 million copies.[2] It is the top selling new age album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3]

Singles[edit]

"Only Time" was first released in November 2000 as a single. It coincided with the release of the album. In 2001, "Only Time" was released again as a remix. The track was remixed by the Swiss American Federation (S.A.F.) (Christian B. and Marc Dold) with a final remix by Enya's producer, Nicky Ryan. Enya donated the earnings from the sale of that single to the Uniform Firefighters Association's Widows' and Children's Fund to help the families of fire fighters in the aftermath of 9/11.[14] The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the motion picture Sweet November. To date, "Only Time" is Enya's biggest solo hit in the United States, where it peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[15] and #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[16]

Wild Child was released as the second single in Germany, Japan, and Korea, the single was published only on Compact Disc; in the United Kingdom, it was also published on cassette. "Wild Child" was used as the title sequence of the Japanese film Calmi Cuori Appassionati (2001). Eurodance music duo CJ Crew recorded an uptempo dance mix of the song, which appeared on the compilation album Dancemania Speed 10 (2002).[17] The song charted on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number 10.[18] The B-side to "Wild Child", "Midnight Blue" (originally an instrumental piece which has now been extended and vocals have been added. This version is now the title track from her November 2008 CD And Winter Came....)

Track listings[edit]

All lyrics written by Roma Ryan, all music composed by Enya.

CD: WEA / 2 85986 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "A Day Without Rain" (Instrumental) 2:38
2. "Wild Child"   3:47
3. "Only Time"   3:38
4. "Tempus Vernum"   2:24
5. "Deora Ar Mo Chroí"   2:48
6. "Flora's Secret"   4:07
7. "Fallen Embers"   2:31
8. "Silver Inches" (Instrumental) 1:37
9. "Pilgrim"   3:12
10. "One by One"   3:56
11. "The First of Autumn1"   3:10
12. "Lazy Days2"   3:42
CD: Reprise / 4 47426-2 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "A Day Without Rain" (Instrumental) 2:38
2. "Wild Child"   3:47
3. "Only Time"   3:38
4. "Tempus Vernum"   2:24
5. "Deora Ar Mo Chroí"   2:48
6. "Flora's Secret"   4:07
7. "Fallen Embers"   2:31
8. "Silver Inches" (Instrumental) 1:37
9. "Pilgrim"   3:12
10. "One by One"   3:56
11. "Lazy Days2"   3:42

^1 Included on Australian, Canadian, Mexican, Portuguese, UK and many other releases.
^2 "Lazy Days" is the 11th track on most editions.
^3 Included on the Japanese release only. Later included on singles ("Wild Child" and "May It Be"), as well as Only Time – The Collection, in other areas.

Personnel[edit]

  • Enya – Instruments and Vocals (all tracks).
  • Producer: Nicky Ryan
  • Engineer: Nicky Ryan
  • Mixing: Enya, Nicky Ryan
  • Arrangers: Enya, Nicky Ryan
  • Recorded in the digital domain by an analogue brain
  • Design & art direction by Stylorouge
  • Front cover photography by Sheila Rock
  • All other photography by Sheila Rock & Simon Fowler
  • Costume design by The Handsome Foundation
  • Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
  • Additional strings by Wired Strings
  • Mastered at 360 Mastering by Dick Beetham

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 A Day Without Rain Best New Age Album[19] Won

Japan Gold Disc Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2001 A Day Without Rain Best International Pop Albums of the Year[20] Won

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[21] Gold 30,000x
Australia (ARIA)[22] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[23] Platinum 50,000x
Belgium (BEA)[24] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[25] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[26] 8× Platinum 800,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[27] Platinum 50,000^
France (SNEP)[28] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[29] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[30] 4× Platinum 800,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[31] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[32] 3× Platinum 240,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[34] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[36] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[40] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
Collection by Tracy Chapman
Fever by Kylie Minogue
Austrian Chart number-one album
14 October 2001
28 October 2001
Succeeded by
Fever by Kylie Minogue
Fever by Kylie Minogue
Preceded by
Hits PUR – 20 Jahre eine Band by Pur
Fever by Kylie Minogue
German Media Control Chart number-one album
14 – 21 October 2001
4 November 2001
Succeeded by
Fever by Kylie Minogue

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