Astra et Luna
Label: Warner Bros.
Seasons change, oceans rise, but Enya stays the same: five years away from the studio betrays no major shift in her expert blend of Celtic instrumentation and lush synthesizers. Lyrics arrive courtesy of her longtime collaborator, Belfast poet Roma Ryan (fans will be delighted when Enya drops a few lines of Loxian, Ryan’s invented language). And no matter how far into space these songs drift, there’s plenty of traditional songcraft on display to ground them, like the gentle waltz of “So I Could Find My Way” or the Irish folk of “I Never Could Say Goodbye.” Flow, Orinoco, flow.