Amarantine (album)

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Amarantine
Enya - Amarantine.jpg
Studio album by Enya
Released 21 November 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Studio Aigle Studios, Killiney, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland
Genre New age
Length 45:35
Label
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Themes from Calmi Cuori Appassionati
(2001)
Amarantine
(2005)
And Winter Came...
(2008)
Singles from Amarantine
  1. "Amarantine"
    Released: 2 December 2005
  2. "It's in the Rain"
    Released: 2006

Amarantine is the sixth studio album by Irish singer, songwriter and musician Enya, released on 21 November 2005 by Warner Music internationally and on 22 November 2005 by Reprise Records in the United States. Following her promotional tour in support of her previous album A Day Without Rain (2000), and work for the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Enya began writing and recording for a new album. Amarantine was recorded in Ireland with her long time recording partners, arranger and producer Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan. It marks Enya's song recorded in Japanese.

Amarantine received mixed to positive reviews from critics, but it was a commercial success, peaking at number eight in the United Kingdom and number six on Billboard 200 in the United States, where one million copies of the album were shipped within its first month of release. Enya released two singles from the album, "Amarantine" and "It's in the Rain". In the United States, "Someone Said Goodbye" was released as a promotional single. In 2007, the album won Enya her fourth Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it is the third top selling new age album of the 2000s in the United States.[1]

Recording and music[edit]

Loxian is an artistic language created by Roma and is used in three songs on Amarantine. Roma released a book with the language in December 2005, Water Shows the Hidden Heart. The language was partly inspired by the Elvish languages created by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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

In September 2004, "Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)" was released in Japan as part of an advertising campaign for Panasonic. Warner Music Japan stated that Amarantine would be released in November 2004, but Enya issued a press release on her website two months prior stating no release was immediately planned.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 55/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Billboard mixed[2]
E! Online C[2]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
The New York Times unfavorable[6]
Uncut 3/5 stars[2]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[7]

Amarantine received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 7 reviews.

In addition to the standard version of the album, two other editions were released. A Special Christmas Edition was released in 2006, featuring a second disc of four new Christmas songs: "Adeste, Fideles", "The Magic of the Night", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Christmas Secrets". A Deluxe Collector's Edition contains the album, the second edition of the book Water Shows the Hidden Heart by Roma Ryan, and exclusive photos. The extra tracks on the Special Christmas Edition were released as an extended play titled Sounds of the Season: The Enya Holiday Collection in the United States and Christmas Secrets EP in Canada.

Amarantine spent thirty-eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Top New Age Albums chart.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

All titles composed and performed by Enya, except "Adeste, Fideles" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (traditional, arr. Enya and Nicky Ryan). All songs produced by Nicky Ryan. All lyrics by Roma Ryan, except "Adeste, Fideles" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".

Amarantine – Standard Edition
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

Production[edit]

Musicians
  • Enya – vocals, instruments
Production
  • Enya – arrangement, mixing
  • Nicky Ryan – production, arrangement, engineering, mixing, conceptual cover design, inner sleeve design and artwork, layout
  • Roma RyanLoxian language and font, lyrics (except "Adeste, Fideles" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas")
  • Dick Beetham – mastering at 360 Mastering, London
  • Daniel Polley – digital technical adviser, engineering
  • Simon Fowler – photography
  • Ebony Ryan – conceptual cover design, inner sleeve design, layout
  • Persia Ryan – inner sleeve artwork
  • Intro – cover and inner sleeve production

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 Amarantine Best New Age Album[10] Won

Japan Gold Disc Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Amarantine Best International Pop Albums of the Year[11] Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[49] Gold 20,000*
Australia (ARIA)[50] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[51] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[52] Gold 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[54] Platinum 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[55] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[56] Gold 10,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[57] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[58] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[59] Gold 50,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[60] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[62] Gold 10,000*
Portugal (AFP)[63] Platinum 20,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[64] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[65] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[66] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[68] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[69] Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide 6,000,000

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide 21 November 2005 Warner Music
United States 22 November 2005 Reprise Records

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