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After the unexpected critical and commercial success of her previous album WatermarkEnya embarked on Sunshine Girl - CxAxP - Sunshine Girl worldwide promotional tour to support it. At its conclusion, she proceeded to write and rehearse new material for her next album with her long time recording partners, manager, arranger and producer Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan.
The album was recorded King Of The Sky - Skitzotik - Skitzotik Ireland and London and continued to display Enya's sound of multi-tracked vocals with keyboards and elements of Celtic and new-age music, though Enya believes her music does not belong in the latter genre. Shepherd Moons received generally positive reviews from critics and became a greater commercial success than Watermark. The album was certified multi-platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and Recording Industry Afer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons of America for shipments of 1.
As with WatermarkEnya supported the album with a worldwide promotional tour which included several interviews and televised performances. It was reissued in and ; the latter was a Japanese release with bonus tracks. In SeptemberEnya released her second studio album Watermark. It became an unexpected commercial success, charting around the world helped by its international top-ten hit, " Orinoco Flow ". The album propelled Enya to worldwide fame and she spent much of the following year travelling worldwide to promote it through interviews, appearances, and performances.
She added, "It felt like Watermark was a dream. It felt like it hadn't happened. And in a way it's nice because you can concentrate only on the music.
You can forget about charts, how much you sold. You forget that. The success of Watermark complicated the writing process at first. Enya recalled: "I put a lot of pressure on myself at the beginning When I was composing new melodies I kept thinking "Would this Sensation - DJ Furax - My Playlist gone on Because Its Love - Thriller U - On And On Is it as good?
Shepherd Moons was recorded with new equipment Afer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons with the profits from Watermark. However, as with her two previous albums, recording and production had to relocate elsewhere as the Aigle facility lacked the correct equipment to complete the final mix and mastering. Enya noticed a change in her own attitude when it came to recording Shepherd Moons"the difference The process, she felt, improved her sense of creativity in the long run.
When the melody to a song was completed, Roma Ryan would write lyrics to it. And honestly, I have never felt so miserable as finishing this album. It's fear — fear that all your feelings and all your emotions have gone into the thing, and when you hear it, it won't live up to your expectations for it. Writer Molly Burke wrote about the album's artwork: " Shepherd Moons features Enya in what can only be described as an opera gown she could be twenty or forty but her delicate beauty is intact.
There is a sense of timelessness here bathed in the dark but fragile blue of sorrow". As with WatermarkAfer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons album title opens with an instrumental title track with wordless vocals.
Its title, devised by Roma, refers to two inner satellite moons around Saturn discovered inPandora and Prometheus that "protect and preserve the rings very much like a shepherd guiding his flock". Enya Afer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons liked the title as the association with the moon "is quite romantic". It was named by Roma Ryan, as the melody that Enya had come up with reminded her of the Caribbean. The lyrics can be summed up in three words, Believe in yourself.
She chose to record her own rendition of it as she liked its melody and "very strong" lyrics. She added, "They talked about the Afer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons in the world, the strife, the turmoil, but at the end of each verse it simply said "how can I keep from singing?
I believe this in music The word was previously referenced in "Orinoco Flow", specifically in the lyric "From the north to the south, Ebudae into Khartoum ". The song is composed of wordless mouth sounds that resemble Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Its story was inspired by the tradition of Scottish waulking songs sung by women as they fulled cloth. It follows its partner piece, "Miss Clare Remembers" from Watermarkalso named after one of her stories. Enya drew inspiration for " Book of Days " from her own personal diary, something which Roma suggested as she knew Enya enjoyed keeping one.
The song was adapted from its original form as an instrumental track for the soundtrack to the romantic film Far and Awaywith Roma writing a set of lyrics based on the film's themes. A girl who was crying while recounting the story of her separation from, and return to, her home had moved them greatly. After Enya had written a melody for the song, the two imagined the scenario of the girl saying goodbye at the train station, "waiting until it's all over".
Roma was inspired to name the track by listening to its sound and structure with the melody lines constantly "sweeping in between each other" which created a wind-like effect. The song refers to the story of a large tidal wave destroying the church, and everyone inside it, at the same location where her grandparents are buried, at a graveyard by a beach at Enya's birthplace in County Donegal. The theme of loss, something that Enya depicted in Watermark and Shepherd Moonsstemmed from her leaving home at age eleven to attend a strict boarding school : "The feeling was devastating".
The album became a greater chart success than Watermarkreaching number one on the UK Albums Chart Afer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons one week for the week ending on 16 November It spent a total of weeks on the chart. In its first week of release, the album sold overcopies in the United States,  and became Warner Bros. Records ' top selling album in early This commercial success spread across Enya's catalogue; three months after Shepherd Moonsan additionalcopies of Watermark were sold in the same country.
Between and Le Chauffeur - Les Rats - Racolage, Enya released 秋桜 - Various - 青い珊瑚礁〜いい日旅立ち -歌謡ポップス・ベストヒット- singles from Shepherd Moons. It peaked on the singles chart in the United Kingdom at thirteen,  and received some crossover airplay exposure on alternative rock radio stations in the United States.
Shepherd Moons received generally positive reviews from music critics. In his review for The Washington Postreviewer Mike Joyce praised Enya's vocals as "impressive" and Ive Seen Your Face - Hank Jones And His Western & Skiffle Group - Western Lady - Im Happy-Sound dur that bring "unmistakable poignancy to much of the album".
However, the tracks that focus on her piano playing, like "No Holly for Miss Quinn" and "Shepherd Moons", make the album "succumb to the usual new age doldrums". The three-year gap between Watermark and Shepherd Moonsshe wrote, was "worth it" as the album, like its predecessor, contains "rich Olyan Jól Esik Mindig - Ihász Gábor - Ihász II. tapestries that envelop the listener" that brings a "lush, semi-New Age instrumental atmosphere" that is "only part of the inviting package".
She picks "Angeles" and "Caribbean Blue" as highlight tracks along with her singing in Irish. He said the Enya album "made me think about how the air is manipulated in my own music. All lyrics by Roma Ryan. Credits are adapted from Afer Ventus - Enya - Shepherd Moons CD liner notes.
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