And Winter Came…

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And Winter Came...
Studio album by Enya
Released 10 November 2008 (2008-11-10)
Recorded 2006 — 2008 at Aigle Studios, Dublin
Genre New Age, Celtic, holiday music
Length 45:00
Label Warner Bros. (UK)
Reprise (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Amarantine
(2005)
And Winter Came...
(2008)
Singles from And Winter Came
  1. "Trains and Winter Rains"
    Released: 10 October 2008
  2. "White is in the Winter Night"
    Released: 4 November 2008
  3. "My! My! Time Flies!"
    Released: 2 February 2009
  4. "Dreams Are More Precious"
    Released: 10 October 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (positive)[3]
Entertainment.ie 2/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic (3/5)[5]
The Times 3/5 stars[6]

And Winter Came... is the seventh studio album from Irish musician Enya. The album was announced by Enya via her official site on 12 September 2008, and was released on 7 November 2008.[7] The songs on the album primarily have a Christmas or winter theme. Since its release, the album has sold more than 3 million copies.[8]

Songs[edit]

The album consists of 12 tracks: ten English songs, which are all original compositions, plus "Oíche Chiúin" being sung in Irish and '"Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel" in English and Latin. A couple of tracks of the new album are reworked versions of songs that Enya released in the past: "Oíche Chiúin" is a re-recording of a song that she released for the first time back in 1988, originally as a b-side of the "Evening Falls" single; "And Winter Came..." is a reworked version of the song "Midnight Blue", which had previously been released in 2001, originally as a b-side of the "Wild Child" single.

An announcement on Enya's official website, www.enya.com, on 18 September 2008 confirmed that the first single of the album, which was to be released on 7 November of that year, was "Trains and Winter Rains".[9] However, unlike most Enya albums of the past, which have spawned one or more CD singles, often with non-album bonus tracks, there has to date been no release of any singles from this album on physical media.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "And Winter Came..."   3:15
2. "Journey of the Angels"   4:47
3. "White Is in the Winter Night"   3:00
4. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"   3:40
5. "Trains and Winter Rains"   3:44
6. "Dreams Are More Precious"   4:25
7. "Last Time by Moonlight"   3:57
8. "One Toy Soldier"   3:54
9. "Stars and Midnight Blue"   3:08
10. "The Spirit of Christmas Past"   4:18
11. "My! My! Time Flies!"   3:02
12. "Oíche Chiúin[10]" (Chorale) 3:49
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Miraculum[11]" (Available as an Amazon.com mp3 download and on some iTunes Stores) 3:53

Singles[edit]

  • "Trains and Winter Rains" was released as a digital download in October 2008. It was released officially through Enya's website on 10 November 2008. The BBC Radio 2 show Wake up to Wogan was given the world exclusive to the new song, which aired on 29 September 2008. A music video that shows a boy's journey home was released on 22 October 2008

Promotional releases[edit]

  • "White Is in the Winter Night" was released exclusively as a digital download on 4 November 2008.
  • "My! My! Time Flies!" was released on 4 February 2009. It is the first ever Enya song to feature a steady drum track and a prominent 12-string guitar accompaniment. The guitar parts were played by Dublin-based guitarist Patrick Farrell. The song is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Faulkner, a well known Dublin guitarist who died in March 2008. The use of guitars in general is rare in Enya's recordings, with "Time Flies" being one of only a couple of recordings since Enya's 1986 track "I Want Tomorrow" to include the instrument.
  • "Dreams Are More Precious" was released as a digital download on 10 October 2009. It was also released as a one-track promo CD in Japan.

All of the promos for these releases had the album edit of the song, except "Trains and Winter Rains", which had the radio edit of the song.

Background[edit]

  • In a video released on Enya's website on 26 October 2008[12] Enya said this of the title of the album:
  • "And Winter Came..." is a new version of the song "Midnight Blue" released with the "Wild Child" single.
  • The bonus track, "Miraculum", is a Latin track dedicating the 20 years since Watermark, using the "One Toy Soldier" melody. It is the first Enya recording not being made available on physical media.

Charts, certifications and sales[edit]

Production[edit]

  • All vocals and instrumentation performed by Enya
  • Featured guitarist : Pat O'Farrell
  • Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
  • Engineered and mixed by Nicky Ryan
  • Lyrics by Roma Ryan
  • Executive Producer : Tom Whalley
  • Recorded at Aigle studio
  • Mastered by Dick Beetham
  • Photography by Simon Fowler
  • Design and Art Direction by Stylorouge

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Forever" by Milk Inc.
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart number-one album
20–27 December 2008 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wit Licht" by Marco Borsato