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Enya: And Winter Came (Reprise)

Enya’s latest, And Winter Came, starts off just like any of her other great albums—subtle, melodic piano, soaring falsetto and an overall feeling of tranquility. It actually came as a bit of a surprise a few songs in that this is a release that captures the spirit of the holiday season—10 new compositions (of the total 12 tracks) that put you smack-dab in the middle of a cabin in the woods while a peaceful snow envelops your world. From the soaring version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” to a fantastic play off of “Silent Night” (which she sings in Gaelic), this is a wonderful, not-predictable collection of classic yuletide songs. It is Enya at her finest, aided in her own studio by longtime producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan. This will certainly get you in the holiday mood without having to sing along to another version of “Silent Night.”

Must Plays: “Trains and Winter Rains” and “The Spirit of Christmas Past

Producer/engineer/mixer: Nicky Ryan. Studio: Aigle Studio (Dublin). Mastering: Dick Beetham/360 Mastering (London).

—Sarah Benzuly