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Jaime Vargas <> (24.03.2004)

Beautiful, beautiful, this one. As you said, the ballads are magnificent; the title track is gorgeous; and "Orinoco Flow" is really interesting. I could object that "Storms In Africa" is not such an original idea as some people believe - the synthesis of Celtic / African / Ambiental music had already been explored by Mike Oldfield in Ommadawn more than 10 years before. Another comment is that whenever a song off this record came up when I listened to it today for the first time in years (and I had only listened to it once or twice then) I remembered them very distinctly; I suppose that it might be due in part to their memorableness but somehow I suppose they've been all featured in TV adverts to death - in a way, TV ad soundtracks are the New Age equivalent of classic rock radio, and in that regard Enya's Watermark is surely New Age's Dark Side Of The Moon.

David Dickson <> (04.12.2005)

Dark Side of the Moon of New Age? More like Thriller! Or Rumours, or whichever. Wow. I'm not sure how this album has been received elsewhere in the world, but I can tell you that living in Houston, Texas, 2005, for the past four years of my life (off and on), I immediately recognized SEVEN of the eleven songs off this album--specifically, "Watermark," "Cursum Perficio," "On Your Shore," "Exile," "Evening Falls," "Orinoco Flow," and "Storms of Africa," the last of which was one of my favorite songs back at age ten.

Perhaps that has an impact on my appreciation. I'm not sure how I would have like it if I only recognized one or two songs. But MY GOD. SO many hits (at least on movie trailers). SO many standards. Only problem? The last three songs are--how do you say--a little "meh." But I loovve the style here. So grandiose. So dark. So goshdarned emotional. Don't tell Capn Marvel. He'll flip a nut and call you some insult that includes a simile involving some obscure pop culture icon and/or Republican. It's albums like this that blow the pants off you with their familiarity. Shania Twain's Come on Over's just the same--nearly every goddamned song on that 16-tracker is a classic of 1997-99. You will be shocked and appalled. Buy Shania Twain and Enya today. Up with the system!

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