A Day Without Rain

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A Day Without Rain
Studio album by Enya
Released 21 November 2000 (2000-11-21)
Recorded 1998–2000
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)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (41/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[3]
Billboard (positive)[4]
Entertainment Weekly D[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
People (positive)[7]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau D−[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]

A Day Without Rain is an album by Irish musician Enya, released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). 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.[10] It has sold over 15 million copies.[11] It is the top selling new age album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[12]

Track listing[edit]

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

Reprise / 9362-47426-2 (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
WEA / 8573-85986-2 (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
13. "Isobella3"   4:29

^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.

Singles[edit]

Only Time[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Only Time"   3:41
2. "The First of Autumn"   3:10
3. "The Promise"   2:30

Wild Child[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Wild Child" (radio edit) 3:33
2. "Midnight Blue"   2:04
3. "Song of the Sandman"   3:40

"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....)

Only Time (Remix and Original Version)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Only Time" (Remix) 3:18
2. "Oiche Chiuin (Silent Night)"   3:48
3. "Willows on the Water"   3:04
4. "Only Time" (album edit) 3:40

Promotional releases[edit]

Wild Child (Vocal up Version)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Wild Child" (Remix) 3:33

Only Time Remix[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Only Time" (Pop Radio Remix) 3:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Enya – Instruments and Vocals (all tracks).

Production[edit]

  • 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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Only Time" Adult Contemporary (US) 1
2001 "Only Time" Adult Top 40 (US) 1
2001 "Only Time" Canadian Singles Chart (Canada) 1
2001 "Only Time" The Billboard Hot 100 (US) 10
2001 "Only Time" Top 40 Mainstream (US) 10
2001 "Only Time" Top 40 Tracks (US) 6
2002 "Only Time" Top 40 Adult Recurrents (US) 2
2000 "Only Time" Official Singles Chart (UK) 29
2001 "Wild Child" Official Singles Chart (UK) 69
2001 "Only Time" Official German Top 100 Charts 1
2002 "Wild Child" Billboard Adult Contemporary 10[13]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 A Day Without Rain Best New Age Album[14] Won

Japan Gold Disc Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2001 A Day Without Rain Best International Pop Albums of the Year[15] Won

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[16] Gold 30,000x
Australia (ARIA)[17] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[18] Platinum 50,000x
Belgium (BEA)[19] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[20] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 8× Platinum 800,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[22] Platinum 50,000^
France (SNEP)[23] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[25] 4× Platinum 800,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[26] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[27] 3× Platinum 240,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[29] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[31] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[35] 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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