Amarantine (album)

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Amarantine
Studio album by Enya
Released 22 November 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre New age
Length 45:35
Label Warner Bros. (UK)
Reprise (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
A Day Without Rain
(2000)
Amarantine
(2005)
And Winter Came...
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (55/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard (mixed)[1]
E! Online C[1]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
The New York Times (unfavorable)[5]
Uncut 3/5 stars[1]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[6]

Amarantine is an album by Irish musician Enya. The album was released on 22 November 2005. It won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for 2007 and is the third top selling new age album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[7] The release date was announced by Roma Ryan on 23 September 2005, at the official Enya forum.[8] It was subsequently leaked to the Internet on 11 November 2005.

Two songs from the album were released as singles: the title track "Amarantine" and "It's in the Rain". "Someone Said Goodbye" was released as a promotional single in the United States as well. The album was very successful and sold more than 6.5 million copies overall.[9] The success of the album kept it for 9 months and 2 weeks (38 weeks, from 10 December 2005 to 26 August 2006) in the No. 1 spot of the Billboard New Age Albums chart.[10][11]

Album editions[edit]

Standard release

The standard release was released in 2005. This edition has one disc, and contains 12 tracks. A booklet with lyrics is included.

Special Christmas Edition

This two-disc set in a 2-CD jewel case and cover sleeve was released in 2006. It features the previously released 12 tracks on the first disc. The second disc has four newly recorded Christmas songs: "Adeste, Fideles", "The Magic of the Night", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Christmas Secrets". The standard booklet with lyrics is included.

Deluxe Collector's Edition

This limited edition box set contains the standard release of Amarantine, the second edition of the book Water Shows the Hidden Heart by Roma Ryan and three exclusive photos in a back-cover pocket. All is packaged in a red velvet box.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Enya and Roma Ryan, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Less Than a Pearl"   3:44
2. "Amarantine"   3:13
3. "It's in the Rain"   4:08
4. "If I Could Be Where You Are"   4:01
5. "The River Sings"   2:49
6. "Long Long Journey"   3:17
7. "Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)"   4:42
8. "Someone Said Goodbye"   4:02
9. "A Moment Lost"   3:08
10. "Drifting"   4:12
11. "Amid the Falling Snow"   3:38
12. "Water Shows the Hidden Heart"   4:39
Special Christmas Edition
  • Note: Lyrics in Loxian language taken from the book Water Shows The Hidden Heart by Roma Ryan.
  • Note: The songs found on the second disc of the Amarantine Special Christmas Edition were also released separately in the United States on the CD Sounds of the Season: The Enya Holiday Collection, and in Canada as the Christmas Secrets EP.

Production[edit]

  • All instruments and vocals performed by Enya
  • Lyrics by Roma Ryan, except "Adeste, Fideles" (traditional) and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (traditional).
  • Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
  • Mixed by Enya and Nicky Ryan
  • Recorded at Aigle Studio
  • Engineered by Nicky Ryan
  • Mastered by Dick Beetham of 360 Mastering, London
  • Digital technical advisor and engineer: Daniel Polley
  • Loxian language and font by Roma Ryan
  • All titles published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
  • Photography by Simon Fowler
  • Conceptual cover design by Nicky Ryan and Ebony Ryan
  • Inner sleeve design and layout by Ebony Ryan and Roma Ryan
  • Inner sleeve artwork by Roma Ryan and Persia Ryan
  • Cover and inner sleeve production by Intro

Loxian[edit]

Main article: Loxian

Loxian is an artistic language created by writer and lyricist Roma Ryan. It was described in news releases as "a futuristic language from a distant planet". Loxian was used in three songs from Amarantine. There is also a book published in December 2005 by Roma Ryan called Water Shows The Hidden Heart which uses the language.

The inspiration for Loxian was, in part, the Elvish languages created by J. R. R. Tolkien. Enya sang several songs in Tolkien's languages for the soundtrack of the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

Premature label announcement[edit]

In September 2004 a new Enya song named "Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)" was released in Japan as part of an advertising campaign for Panasonic. As part of the announcement of the new song, Warner Music Japan stated that Enya's next album would be released in November 2004. On 19 September 2004, Enya made a press release available via her website stating that no release was immediately planned. "Sumiregusa" has been included as one of the tracks on the Amarantine album.

Usage in TV commercials[edit]

The "Sumiregusa" song was also used by Panasonic to advertise its products in Japan, featuring in TV commercials advertising its "Viera" and "Diga" range of flat-screen TVs and DVD recorders. The commercials appeared on several national TV channels for several weeks, helping both Panasonic and Enya's sales.

Source material[edit]

The opening bars to the song Sumiregusa is from the first part of John Andrew Stevenson's Vesper Hymn.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Gold 20,000x
Australia (ARIA)[13] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[14] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[15] Gold 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[16] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[17] Platinum 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[18] 3× Gold 300,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[19] Gold  
Ireland (IRMA)[20] Platinum 15,000x
Japan (RIAJ)[21] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[22] Gold 50,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[23] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[25] Gold 10,000*
Portugal (AFP)[26] Platinum 20,000x
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[27] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[28] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] 2× Platinum 80,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[32] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Charts[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Amarantine Best New Age Album[70] Won

Japan Gold Disc Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Amarantine Best International Pop Albums of the Year[71] Won

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