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.
In a video released on Enya's website on 26 October 2008 Enya said this of the title of the album:
At the beginning, I intended to work on a Christmas themed album, and I thought it was going to be, um, mostly covers of Christmas carols, and some original Christmas pieces I would write. But, the theme that became very strong was the winter theme. Hence, the title And Winter Came...
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". 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.
"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.
"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.