The ’59 2018 #186: 180705
Enya – Watermark (1988)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 30 – 1988.
Watermark was the second studio album from Irish singer, songwriter Enya, released on 19 September 1988 by Warner Music.
Following the release of the self-titled ‘Enya’ in 1987, she secured a recording contract with Warner Music after a chance meeting with chairman Rob Dickins, who had become a fan of her music. Her contract allowed her considerable artistic and creative freedom, with minimal interference from the label and no deadlines to have albums finished. Enya recorded Watermark in ten months with her longtime collaborators, manager, producer and arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan. It was initially recorded in Ireland in demo form before production relocated to London to re-record, mix, and master it digitally.
Watermark received many positive reviews from critics and it became an unexpected commercial success, which propelled Enya to worldwide fame. It peaked at No.5 on the UK Albums Chart, No.25 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and reached No.1 in New Zealand and Switzerland.
To promote the album, Enya embarked on a worldwide promotional tour which included interviews, appearances, and live performances.
Four singles were released from the album, including the international top-ten hit “Orinoco Flow”, which spent three weeks at No.1 in the UK.
Watermark was reissued in 1989, 1991, and 2009; the latter for release in Japan with a bonus track.