Enya: A Treatise on Unguilty Pleasures: engaging, entertaining look at a pop phenomenon

Chilly Gonzales digs engagingly into Enya's music to illuminate fashion, taste and aesthetics

Enya: “She is ethereal, pure, but more than that, she is our good mother, and she wants us to know that everything will be okay.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Enya: “She is ethereal, pure, but more than that, she is our good mother, and she wants us to know that everything will be okay.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Enya is a leveller. From school teachers to bank executives, from dance instructors to postmen: they might disagree on much else, but none will fail to appreciate Enya – her lucent mulitracked voice, her lyrical fantasies, her synthesized orchestral tones.

If you’re Irish and over a certain age, there’s another element – nostalgia. Weren’t times simpler and less stressful back in 1988, when Orinoco Flow simultaneously struck the top of the UK and the Irish charts, giving the nation a moment of collective pride?

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