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Believe - a Spiritual Romance

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2002 specializes in music with classically tinged melodies, dreamy flutes, crystalline piano, tender strings, celestial choirs, harp and acoustic guitar.
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1. Believe
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2. A Dream Creation
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3. Chain of Life
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4. We Meet Again
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5. Dreams of Peace
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6. A Change of Season
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7. Ready to Fly
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8. Yeshua
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9. Oasis
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10. Hold the Sky
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Believe is the 14th album by Pamela and Randy Copus after releasing their first album as the music duo 2002 in 1992. Associated most often as top artists in the new age music category, the 10 contemporary instrumental songs on Believe is a progressive advancement from earlier releases by a majority of songs containing a variety of rock influences with flowing vocals and lyrical verses you will find inspiring.

Everyone will have their favorite songs on this release, and the great news is you will find many new favorites. Rarely do I hear so many exceptional songs on a single album, and as expected, their relentless attention to quality is present in every detail.

This more progressive style, merged with 2002’s signature sound, was actually a natural advancement for them since Pamela and Randy both began their professional careers playing and singing in bands. With 9 earlier albums making the Billboard Charts for a total of 270 weeks, their new release Believe could position 2002 in Billboard’s Top 10 New Age Chart again. It’s that good!

In the official 2002 newsletter they advised Believe is a departure from earlier releases since 6 songs contain vocals – like earlier songs Free to Fly, Moment of Love, Sarah’s Rainbow, Deep Still Blue & Remember Now. I remember thinking at the time it was a nice gesture to prepare fans about the vocals in an effort to prevent disappointing anyone, but in all honesty, after sampling Believe I now find it hard to imagine anyone not liking this album.

As one of the first to sample the album and write a review for Believe I am happy to report and say with confidence I anticipate that everyone will reach the same conclusion I have – Believe is a hot new release destined to be the best album ever by 2002! As for the artists Randy, Pamela and Sarah, today I am pleased to say their dream is alive and well. ~ John P. Olsen, New Age Music World


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review from Music and Media Focus
Question: what do the words magical, visionary, and grandiose and have in common?
Answer: they perfectly describe the new album, Believe by 2002.
Debuting at number 8 on the prestigious Billboard Chart, the CD is subtitled: “A Spiritual Romance,” and marks the 14th release by the husband and wife duo of Randy and Pamela Copus, collectively known as 2002. Now celebrating their 20th year of recording together, they are one of the most enduring and highly regarded groups in the new age music genre. In reading about the new developments within the group, I couldn’t help thinking about Sly and The Family Stone singing, “It’s a Family Affair.” The development that prompted this flashback is the fact that their 8-year old daughter Sarah appears on the CD in a surprisingly active role. Although it should be no surprise how talented she is considering the gene pool she comes from.

Another expansion from this primarily instrumental ensemble is that 6 of the 10 songs on Believe feature vocals, including those of daughter Sarah. The album begins, in fact, with one of those vocal pieces – the title track. The mood is set first by piano and string sounds, with a wonderful tinkling arpeggio from a synthesizer, or perhaps a harp. After about a minute and a half, a cymbal swell ushers in the next movement with Randy singing:
“If you reach for a star
For the chance of a thousand lifetimes
If you let go of fear
In the moment your eyes are opened”

This excerpt, although brief, gives a glimpse into the inspiring lyrical direction the album takes. Mother and daughter join in on the lofty chorus entreating us to “Believe in the winds that carry your song,” and “… the love that opens your heart.” The second track is an instrumental that Sarah played a major role in. According to Randy, “Sarah was playing with these water flutes. She had tuned them (with water), and told us she had a song. We went out to the studio right away and made it a song as quickly as possible. I’m so proud of that intro, the joy it came from. I think music, at it’s best, is spontaneous. That’s what makes it fun. That’s why we play music, not work it.”

On “Chain of Life” an ambient synthesizer background adorned with Pamela’s melodious flute create a rich sound tapestry as Randy sings:
“Mother Earth Father Sky
Lift me in this chain of life
To the sun as it shined
A thousand years ago.”
An interesting evolution happens about two thirds of the way in, as the song breaks into a tribal beat and a chant of: “We are the children of the earth.” With eyes closed I could almost imagine I was hearing a track from Disney’s, The Lion King.

The essence of the album’s subtitle, “A Spiritual Romance,” is evoked on an instrumental track called “We Meet Again.” When I wrote about the previous CD by 2002, Damayanti, I mentioned, “It’s hard not to overuse the word “lush” in describing the acoustic opulence this music is imbued with.” This song is a perfect example. I was continually impressed with how artfully the studio effects like reverb and digital delay are used in the music of 2002, and especially on a track called “Dreams Of Peace.” The ambience they create is majestic, in a way that I associate with the music of both, Diane and David Arkenstone, Enya, or Patrick O’Hearn.


As I write these words in the month of November, with autumn leaves falling, a composition entitled “A Change of Season” provides an appropriate soundtrack with its mellow understated vibe. It also creates a nice contrast with some of the other music on the album, which is more lavish and ornate. Another contrast is found on “Ready To Fly” where the female vocals take the lead. Besides the beautiful singing, some of the things I like most about this song are Pamela’s harp and Randy’s piano, which epitomize the glistening crystalline sounds that are often found in the music of 2002. A driving beat and rich orchestration punctuated by Middle Eastern-sounding guitar characterize another of their vocal tunes called “Yeshua.” The pace slows down considerably on the album’s most ambient dreamscape, “Oasis,” highlighting the impeccable balance of yin and yang exhibited on this CD. I was impressed not only with the way they blended vocal and instrumental songs, but also with the stylistic diversity and pacing. Another vocal tune, “Hold The Sky” brings the album to a grand conclusion. The lyrics are filled with optimism and visionary imagery that reflect Randy and Pamela’s artistic intention: “Our goal with this new CD was to create an uplifting positive mood – full of hope for the future.” If there was ever a time we needed something like that, the time is now.

2002 have created another sonic masterpiece that only furthers their standing as one of the most creative and prolific ensembles in new age music. As with all their releases, the production quality is absolutely stunning. The addition of vocals expresses their willingness to expand and evolve, exploring fresh musical terrain with each release. And now, with the inclusion of a new alchemical element in the mix, their daughter, I’ll be more interested than ever to hear what melodic magic they come up with next. Believe is a virtuoso recording that will appeal to long time fans of 2002 and new listeners alike.
To see this review on Music and Media Focus with pictures, links, etc. please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Uno de los mejores álbumes del 2012
Believe: A Spiritual Romance es el nuevo álbum de la banda 2002, y posiblemente uno de los mejores trabajos del 2012. Arreglos orquestales, dulces voces, instrumentos étnicos y un arduo trabajo en la composición son los componentes perfectos para crear diez piezas que serán difíciles de olvidar. Atendiendo a las emociones más personales, 2002 juega con las melodías y los instrumentos, dando a cada composición una personalidad que se modifica obedeciendo al estado de ánimo del oyente; esto hace que Believe sea un álbum perfecto para disfrutar en cualquier momento.

El primer tema del álbum es la primera canción de este, y a su vez, un interesante juego de sonidos y sintetizadores que dan vida a una música que vive entre la dulzura de una canción de cuna y una sutil canción pop, ofreciéndonos un mensaje de optimismo y coraje. El juego de voces, junto a la flauta, la guitarra y otros instrumentos completan una música fantástica. Si el comienzo es así, ¿qué nos deparará los nueve tracks siguientes?. Wow!.

“A Dream Creation” es la primera pieza instrumental del álbum y posee una fuerza extraordinaria. Los coros son la energía de esta pieza, que acompañados por los arreglos orquestales le acrecientan las emociones. Lo asombroso de esta pieza es la diversidad que muestra su música; lo mismo escuchamos orquesta y coros, que de repente Randy nos sorprende con un fantástico solo de guitarra. Genial!.

La siguiente canción hace referencia a la Madre Tierra, que con un estilo folk americano, nos presenta un canto, o más bien, una oración hacia los dioses. Mezclando la flauta nativa americana y los sintetizadores, pero manteniendo siempre un halo de misterio, Randy y Pamela entonan la profunda canción. La sorpresa de la canción es, sin lugar a dudas, la fascinante voz de Sarah Copus, una voz que embruja y desconcierta a la vez. Mágica!.

Como extraída de los mejores pianistas del momento, aparece “We Meet Again”, una música agradable, que casa a la perfección con los coros etéreos y los cálidos sonidos de la flauta. “We Meet Again” es una de las mejores piezas instrumentales de Believe, una música que nos eleva y nos hace sentir únicos, despreocupados. Este álbum va mejorando con cada pieza!.

Lo mágico de “Dreams of Peace” son las voces sintetizadas que entonan la canción. “Dreams of Peace” es un juego de palabras, positivas y humanas que van surgiendo al paso de la música. Sin seguir un patrón concreto, la entonación y el significado de cada una de ellas, unidas a la suavidad de la música, crean un contexto perfecto para evadirse del mundo… y vivir!.

La mejor composición de todo el álbum es “A Change of Season”. Una verdadera banda sonora. Sé que las comparaciones son odiosas, pero 2002 ha dado en el clavo en cuanto a producción y composición, durante unos minutos, pensé que estaba escuchando a la gran Enya. La genialidad persigue a 2002, y sin duda esta composición así lo demuestra. La calidad de las voces, la elección perfecta de los sintetizadores y otros instrumentos hacen que esta pieza alcance una belleza sobrehumana. Sin palabras!!!.

La pieza con algo de más ritmo, por decirlo de alguna forma, es “Ready to Fly”, otra de las joyas que podemos encontrar en Believe. Una canción interpretada por la pequeña de los Copus. La voz angelical y entrañable de la niña cantando esta canción es una verdadera sorpresa y sin duda, la mejor de las canciones del álbum. Sarah Copus y una pegadiza melodía dan como resultado, la perfección!. Enhorabuena!!!. Sarah, a tus pies!.

La primera de las composiciones poseedora de percusión y un ritmo contundente es “Yeshua”. Yeshua es el nombre hebreo de Jesús de Nazaret, y así, en forma de canto religioso u oda, 2002 entonan repetidamente su nombre y relatan parte de su historia de forma heroica.

“Oasis” es la última pieza instrumental del CD, y como no podía ser de otra forma, el significado de Oasis sugiere una música plácida, sugerente. Los únicos protagonistas son los synth pad y la guitarra clásica de Randy Copus, quien nos invita a un descanso profundo.

La última composición y canción del álbum es “Hold the Sky”, una despedida dulce. La voz de la canción es la de Randy Copus, una manera muy acertada de cerrar Believe, ya que fue él quien lo abría con otra canción. “Hold the Sky” es un track que transmite paz y ofrece un fuerte sentimiento de libertad. Fantástico final para un álbum verdaderamente sorprendente!.


En Believe podemos encontrar la llave que abre las puertas de la liberación. 2002 ha creado uno de los mejores álbumes de su carrera. Aún sigo preguntándome cómo es posible que no haya una canción que no despierte mi interés en este álbum. Believe: A Spiritual Romance es un álbum muy altamente recomendable, uno de los mejores del año, y sin duda, un álbum que dará mucho que hablar. Magistral!.

reviewsnewage.com
13/01/13

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Every time I receive a mailer from 2002, I can’t wait to open the package and hear what marvelous, glorious sonic adventure I’ll be taken on. This is the third such time I’ve had the pleasure, and it’s been a charm every time. Unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, it took a long while to get to it, but the wait was well worth it.

The Billboard-charting group, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, has unleashed yet another masterpiece of sonic bliss. Randy (guitars, bass, percussion) and Pamela (flutes, harp) Copus, both of whom play keyboards and synthesizers, are joined on vocals by their eight-year-old daughter Sarah, who also helped with the arrangements, including composing the melody for “A Dream Creation.”

The instrumentation is thick, dense, and lush, and the female vocals are angelic, resulting in a truly heavenly sound. Randy’s vocals are more grounded, and when he gets into a higher register, he sounds similar to Peter Cetera, giving the songs more of a pop-rock feel.

The production is flawless in its knife-edge quality, really bringing out the vocals and instrumentation and making the album a delight to listen to from beginning to end.

While each and every song is a treasure for the heart, mind, and soul, my favorite track is the New Age rocker “Yeshua,” a grand, propulsive, and vibrant anthem. This one has all the makings of a hit New Age radio single.

The album is yet another winner from these always reliable chart-toppers. Leave it to 2002 to churn out one consistent classic after another.