Enya’s single for “Only Time” was released after September 11, 2011. At the time this was released, the proceeds from the sales of the single went to the International Association of Firefighters.
The first track on this single is the remix of “Only Time” that helped to get the song played on pop radio. All this remix basically does is “punch up” the percussion of the original track in order to make the song more “pop friendly”; however, the spirit behind the song still remains as strong as it does in the original recording.
On the one hand, it’s a little disappointing that the original version of the song wasn’t included as a fourth track on the single; however, the original version is available on the A Day Without Rain album, as well as on The Very Best of Enya, it’s not as bad of an omission as it could be.
The second track on the single is “Oiche Chiun (Silent Night),” which is a Gaelic version of the traditional Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” While this song has been available on its own single every Christmas for a number of years, it makes a great addition to the “Only Time” single. Enya recorded a beautiful rendition of this song, and I get chills down my spine every time I hear it.
The last track on the single is “Willows on the Water,” which is a mid-tempo instrumental piece that features piano and strings. I really like the sound of the song, and thought it was a great way to close out the single.
In my opinion, this single does an excellent job of capturing all the facets of Enya’s music: her English vocals, her Gaelic vocals, and her instrumentals. I would highly recommend this single to an Enya fan and/or collector, and I would also encourage people who heard and liked the remix version of “Only Time” to pick it up as well. This single would also make a good introduction to someone who is not very familiar with Enya’s music.
I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the “Only Time” single that my husband and I purchased.
(written by Lesley Aeschliman on December 3, 2002)