And Winter Came…

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And Winter Came...
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Studio album by Enya
Released 10 November 2008 (2008-11-10)
Recorded 2006–08 at Aigle Studio, Killiney, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland
Genre
Length 45:00
Label Warner Music
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Amarantine
(2005)
And Winter Came...
(2008)
The Very Best of Enya
(2009)
Singles from And Winter Came
  1. "Trains and Winter Rains"
    Released: 10 October 2008

And Winter Came... is the seventh studio album from the Irish singer-songwriter and musician Enya, released on 10 November 2008 on Warner Music. The album has a loose concept with its tracks based on a winter or Christmas theme.

And Winter Came... received mixed to positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success, reaching No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart, No. 6 on the US Billboard 200. It has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.[1]

Background[edit]

  • In a video released on Enya's website on 26 October 2008[2] 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.

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".[3] 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.

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. A one track CD single was released in November 2008 to coincide with the Download.[4]

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,a prominent 12-string guitar accompaniment and a full electric guitar solo. The guitar parts were played by Dublin-based guitarist Pat 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[6]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
BBC Music (positive)[8]
Sputnikmusic (3/5)[9]
The Times 3/5 stars[5]

And Winter Came ... received mixed to positive reviews from music critics.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Enya, all lyrics by Roma Ryan, and all songs produced by Nicky Ryan.

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 in mp3 format from Amazon.com and on some iTunes Stores. Also available in Lossless format from qobuz.com) 3:53

Charts, certifications and sales[edit]

Production[edit]

Music
  • Enya – vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers
Additional musicians
  • Pat Farrell – lead guitar, 12-string guitar on "My! My! Time Flies!"
Production
  • Enya – arranging
  • Nicky Ryan – arranging, engineering, mixing
  • Roma Ryan – lyrics
  • Tom Whalley – executive producer
  • Dick Beetham – mastering
  • Simon Fowler – photography
  • Stylorouge – design, art direction

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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