Watermark (Enya album)

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Watermark
Cover art by David Hiscook
Studio album by Enya
Released 19 September 1988 (UK)
10 January 1989 (US, Reissue)
Recorded 1988 — 1989 at Orinoco Studios
Genre New-age
Length 39:42
Label WEA (UK)
Geffen (US)
Reprise (US, Reissue)
Producer Enya, Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Enya
(1987)
Watermark
(1988)
Shepherd Moons
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 1/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau D+[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Watermark is an album by the Irish musician Enya, released on 19 September 1988 in the United Kingdom and 10 January 1989 in the United States. Featuring her first major hit, "Orinoco Flow", Watermark was Enya's breakthrough album release, and is considered a seminal example of new-age music, although Enya herself does not consider her work to be of that genre.

Two versions of the album were released. In 1989, an extended reissue of Watermark included "Storms in Africa (Part II)" (as sung in English), which had been released as a single.

In 2009, Watermark was re-released in Japan as an Exclusive Limited Edition Remastered on SHM-CD. The remastered version is available on iTunes, Amazon and others.[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD: WEA / 2 43875-2 (UK)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Watermark" (Instrumental) Enya 2:24
2. "Cursum Perficio"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:06
3. "On Your Shore"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:59
4. "Storms in Africa"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:03
5. "Exile"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:20
6. "Miss Clare Remembers" (Instrumental) Enya 1:59
7. "Orinoco Flow"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:25
8. "Evening Falls..."   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:46
9. "River" (Instrumental) Enya 3:10
10. "The Longships"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:36
11. "Na Laetha Geal M'óige"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:54
CD: Reprise / 9 26774-2 (US)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Watermark" (Instrumental) Enya 2:24
2. "Cursum Perficio"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:06
3. "On Your Shore"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:59
4. "Storms in Africa"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:03
5. "Exile"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:20
6. "Miss Clare Remembers" (Instrumental) Enya 1:59
7. "Orinoco Flow"   Enya, Roma Ryan 4:25
8. "Evening Falls..."   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:46
9. "River" (Instrumental) Enya 3:10
10. "The Longships"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:36
11. "Na Laetha Geal M'óige"   Enya, Roma Ryan 3:54
12. "Storms in Africa (Part II)" (Bonus Track) Enya, Roma Ryan 3:01
  • In the United Kingdom, "Storms in Africa (Part II)" appeared on the "Storms in Africa" single.

Related singles[edit]

  • "Orinoco Flow" was released in October 1988 with "Smaointe..." and "Out of the Blue" as B-sides. It was re-released in 1998 in a special remixed edition (b-sides: "Hope Has a Place" and "Pax Deorum").
  • "Evening Falls..." was released in December 1988 with "Oíche Chiún" and "Morning Glory" as accompanying tracks. ("Chiún" apparent misspelling of "Chiúin".)
  • "Storms in Africa (Part II)" was released in May 1989, with "Aldebaran", "The Celts", and "Storms in Africa" as accompanying tracks. It is a faster tempo remix of the original album version of "Storms in Africa" with English lyrics replacing the original Irish ones.
  • "Exile" was released in 1991, after it appeared in the film L.A. Story. The album tracks "On Your Shore", "Watermark" and "River" were also included on the 12"/CD single.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Enya, Nicky Ryan
  • Co-produced by Enya and Ross Cullum
  • Executive Producer: Rob Dickins
  • Engineer: Ross Cullum
  • Mixing: Jim Barton, Ross Cullum
  • Arrangers: Enya, Nicky Ryan
  • Cover photography: David Hiscook
  • Additional photography: Russel Yamy
  • Design: Laurence Dunmore

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1990 "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)" Best New Age Album[6] Nominated

Japan Gold Disc Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1990 Enya The Grand Prix International New Artist of Year[7] Won

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[8] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[9] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Belgium (BEA)[10] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[11] 2× Platinum 500,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[12] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[13] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[14] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[15] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[17] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[18] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
Swiss Chart number-one album
22 January 1989
Succeeded by
Ancient Heart by Tanita Tikaram
Preceded by
Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
New Zealand Chart number-one album
9–16 April 1989
Succeeded by
Union by Toni Childs

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
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