In the genre of New Age, or as I prefer to call it Neo Classical there are for me two clearly defined categories, I call the first ‘passive’. This is by far the most common form, the music is soft and soothing, it almost encourages the listener to ‘zone out’ and maybe do something else, read a book, write a letter, enjoy looking at some fine art, or whatever.

The second category I call ‘Active’, it engages the listener, it holds your attention, it is impossible to ignore, it must be listened to!

2002 are the Poster Children of ‘Active’, they are a truly unique band consisting of Mom, Dad, and Daughter. Wikipedia says:

Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5. Their daughter Sarah sings and plays Celtic harp, violin, baritone ukulele, piano, and Irish whistle. 

I have lost count of how many times 2002 has charted on Billboard’s New Age chart, and A World Away made it to #4. Gifted players, gifted composers and arrangers, and gifted vocalists, this is a band that has it all.

Who do they sound like? If you held my toes to the fire I would give two names, Enya and Loreena McKennitt.

When the band is in ‘Full Voice’, Dream of Life, Butterfly and Strings Of Your Heart are good examples of the Enya sound. Dream Of Life has some transitions that seem right out of the Enya playbook.

But on the other hand there are tracks that head in very different directions. Track 3, To Live Again had me scratching my head. If someone had blindfolded me and asked me to name the band and singer I would have said the band was one of the many variations of YES, but the singer was most definitely Jon Anderson! Of course it could not possibly be Jon Anderson, he just picks words at random that sound good together, 2002 offer an actual song.

Ignore the genre and buy it for the music, you will not be disappointed.

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