This is for anyone who has Enya's new 'And Winter Came' CD--what is it really like? I tried locating sound clips, but could only find a video instead for one of the songs, leaving me wondering what any of its other music sounds like. Thus, I had to simply content myself with reading reviews on it via amazon.com. There, it all seems 'a matter of opinion', and I couldn't believe how Loreena's name kept coming up in those reviews of Enya's CD! I found said 'comparisons' to be more than mildly disconcerting; I thought, why are people doing this?
Artists shouldn't be compared as to 'who is better', I don't feel, particularly two such talented artists whose music, arrangements, and even singing voices are so different from each other! One is a studio-only recording artist, the other both a studio recording musician and a phenomenal live performer! 'Comparing' them seems a bit ludicrous, sorry.
Now, then: I dare not ask about this on an Enya forum, but as someone who does enjoy some of Enya's music very much, I'd like to know from folks in Loreena's forums here who also enjoy listening to Enya how this new CD of hers stacks up against some of her others, and if it's worth getting? I'm interested in 'winter-themed' CDs, Christmas-type music that is NOT just the same-old, same-old 'boring' Christmas carols, music which has wonderful, interesting, even exotic arrangements, etc, if that helps.
Please note that I am NOT asking if Enya's new CD is 1) 'as good as', 2) 'better than', or 3) 'not as good as' Loreena's new AMND CD etc...in fact, I don't even want or need to 'know' about any of that.
It does seems strange to me that this topic even came up again--I thought the Loreena-vs-Enya subject matter 'died' back early in 2004 on the Old Ways list; I guess some topics will never truly fade away.
I nevertheless decided to try viewing the best of what I found here as an opportunity, and go ahead and simply ask my question, hoping several will feel prompted to give me their honest opinions so I can decide whether or not to buy 'And Winter Came'. I can be reached off-forum by private email, if desired; any forum member can look up that information and find it listed in my Profile.
One little thing I managed to discover about the song both artists' new CDs have in common is that Enya is supposed to be singing 'O Come O Come Emmanuel' in both English AND Latin, and most of her fans who reviewed the CD on amazon.com seem to like that particular song on her CD either best, or as one of its top two.
English, Latin, or both, makes little difference to me. I do love the way Loreena arranged her version of it, in Latin. It's so gorgeous I find myself listening to it over and over again!