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A World Away

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The six vocal and four instrumental songs are new and all original, and cover much of 2002’s vast sonic palette- from progressive and pop new age, to their neoclassical and ambient roots.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dream of Life
5:12 album only
2. Finding You
4:22 album only
3. To Live Again
4:41 album only
4. Butterfly
4:21 album only
5. Memory of Tomorrow
4:27 album only
6. Stars and Moon
4:51 album only
7. We Are Always
4:17 album only
8. The Stars Will Guide Us
4:15 album only
9. The Space Between
4:02 album only
10. Strings of Your Heart
4:37 album only


Album Notes
2002 returns with their 18th full-length album, A World Away. The six vocal and four instrumental songs are new and all original, and cover much of 2002’s vast sonic palette- from progressive and pop new age, to their neoclassical and ambient roots.
Thematically, the album is a cosmic love story, of kindred spirits traveling together through many times and many worlds, becoming lost and separated from one another, and finally reunited.

"To appropriate the title of 2002’s sweeping, soul enveloping latest full length album, that year seemed A World Away when multi-instrumentalists Pamela and Randy Copus launched their incredible two and a half decade run as vocal and instrumental masters of the sweet crossroads where ambient/atmospheric/symphonic new age/neo-classical meets infectious exotic grooves." - Jonathan Widran, The JW Vibe



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R J Lannan

2002 A World Away
A World Away

If you want to get away from it all, now’s your chance. If you ever dream about how things should be, then dream on. If you wonder what if, but never took that first step, then march lively. Legendary New Age/Fantasy band 2002 provides ten glorious opportunities to get you on your journey with their latest collection, A World Away. The album contains a sublime mix of vocals and impressive instrumentals to summon, escort, and guide you to worlds unknown and places you only dream about. The album, number eighteen for the band started in 1992 by Pamela and Randy Copus, is one of their strongest performances to date with intricate, breathtaking compositions and the maturation of one of the planet’s (Ours) more ethereal voices in daughter Sarah Copus. The music entails distances and discoveries of the heart and the spirit.

“Here in the Dream of Life,
Returning to your shore,
I would cross the moon,
I would cross the ocean,
anything to find you.”
The album opens with the tune Dream of Life. Dynamic harmonies and a positive refrain fuel the ballad that offers a promise, and I think the entire album is full of promises, said and unsaid. Strong violin mixed with piano and with layers of refined vocal provender combine into a song that is bright and energizing. The interlude (the bridge) is a beautiful piece unto itself. This dream lover will make a pledge she will keep.

The first instrumental is called Finding You. It is slow and otherworldly with the combination of harp, violin, and guitar. I imagined myself drifting along, sorting through all the white, cumulus clouds, looking in the deep, dark recesses of the caves, and opening all the locked doors of my mind, hoping for a sign of you.

Randy dons his magical balladeer cloak and offers up the song To Live Again. His unique alto/tenor voice is perfect for this gift of a song.
“I’ve always held you in the silence of that sunlit day, a world away”
The lyrics capture the idea that love, above all, is timeless. Randy’s tune offers hope that anyone, despite distance and time, can love again. I believe him.

Butterfly is a gift of a song. It is a light hearted frolic and an invitation to spread your wings and fly to your future. I can appreciate that this song is just about perfect for the vocalist, Sarah as she pursues her musical career as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist of the finest kind. Her sweet vocal reminds us that the freedom of flying free is a gift you give yourself.

Memory of Tomorrow is another instrumental that sets you spiritually free. The tune is a bit melancholy, but never frightening, never haunting. Get ready for a trip beyond the boundaries of your heart in the song Stars and Moon. This is an upbeat tune, full of glorious harmonies and perfect continuity as the singers take you to a place of dreams and wonders. Lots of layered vocals and imaginary scenarios for you to peruse. The next instrumental We Are Always has a captivating flute resonance over dreamlike vocalizations that are guaranteed to produce a more than pleasant reverie. The weightlessness of it all. The nascent beauty of it all. It is musical rapture.

Sarah’s sweet, fairytale voice soars on the final tune Strings of Your Heart. It is a song of love lost and the yearning that a heart can muster once the prize is missing. The memories are there, but they have faded it bit. Then starlight magnifies them and the yearning starts once again. Strong piano motif and warm, harmonious background vocals add to the story. Don’t worry, love wins after all.
2002 has conjured up just the right combination of strong vocalization, lush, complex orchestration and somewhat romantic and listenable lyrics on A World Away. The trio is headed for new heights as their music transmutes from harmonious to gold. The instructions are simple Play the recording. Dream. Repeat. I give this my highest recommendation for delightful fantasy fare.

Candice Michelle

Like the soundtrack to a fantasy romance novel!
2002 began as the husband/wife duo of Randy and Pamela Copus who released their widely successful debut album Wings in 1992. Initially making their mark on the scene with a traditionally ‘new age’ style in the vein of Herb Ernst or Liquid Mind, the band gradually evolved over the years to adopt more symphonic and neoclassical signatures, such as on their notable 2000 release River of Stars, which employed classical strings and wordless ethereal vocal layers reminiscent of Enya. Evolving ever still, 2002 started incorporating gentle progressive rock elements (as heard on their 2012 album Believe) with Randy’s lyrical-vocal style impressively recalling that of Jon Anderson’s. By the time their 2014 album Trail of Dreams rolled around, Randy and Pamela’s daughter Sarah Copus had joined the line-up as lead vocalist, officially becoming the band’s third member. Comprised of ten alluring compositions, 2002’s latest album entitled A World Away is themed around a cosmic love story of kindred spirits traveling together among different worlds and time periods, becoming lost along the way until eventually reuniting, as if the music were playing out like the soundtrack to a fantasy romance novel. Together the trio not only provide vocals, but play a variety of Celtic, classical and acoustic instruments plus keyboards/synthesizers.

From the opening piece “Dream of Life” the listener is seemingly swept up on a magical night-flight guided by the song’s choral-pop vocal arrangement, which is feathered among a richly cinematic soundscape likewise mirrored on other compositions such as “Butterfly”, “Stars and Moon” and “Strings of Your Heart”. One of my favorite pieces is “Finding You”, which unfolds like a Celtic lullaby with its tender harp and gentle guitar. Randy’s progressive rock influences are especially noted on “To Live Again”, which he beautifully sings to a gentle arrangement of piano and symphony. “Memory of Tomorrow” is perhaps the ultimate highlight for me; the most haunting piece on the album due to its mysterious, minor key affections along the way, it enchantingly lulls the listener into a dreamlike haze.

Collectively, the lyrical vocal portions on this album are somewhat reminiscent of the male/female ‘new age’ music duo Llewellyn of whom I’m also a longtime fan. Additionally, the gorgeous CD booklet includes the songs’ inspiringly romantic and celestially poetic lyrics accompanied by stunning fantasy-nature artwork. Overall sweet and sparkling yet rich in depth, A World Away is, unsurprisingly, another top-notch album from 2002 that will likely appeal to fans of Enya, Llewellyn and Jon Anderson, as well as lovers of Celtic, ethereal and fantasy music!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"A World Away" is the eighteenth full-length album from 2002. Originally a duo (Randy and Pamela Copus) and now a trio (with daughter, Sarah), 2002 still has one of the most distinctive sounds in new age music. They released their first album, "Wings," in 1992 and went on to release several albums on the Real Music label before going independent with their own Galactic Playground Music in about 2009. Early albums had the layered vocals that give 2002 an easily-recognizable sound, but most of those vocals were wordless and served as an angelic choral background. As Sarah has taken a bigger role in the group, her vocals have become more prominent as well lyrical, telling the story of the music with words as well as ethereal sounds.

On the instrumental side, Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Pamela plays flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5. Sarah plays Celtic harp, violin, baritone ukulele, piano, and Irish whistle. The three artists provide all of the vocals on their recordings, with Sarah and Randy singing in both the foreground and background. Their voices are recorded many times and layered to create a "virtual choir.” In a nutshell, this album tells a “cosmic love story” of two spirits traveling together through different times and places, becoming separated, and finally, after a long search, reunited. The purity of Sarah’s voice brings additional emotional depth and poignance to the lyrics. Six of the ten tracks are vocals and four are instrumentals.

"A World Away" begins with “Dream of Life,” which starts the story at a point where the lovers have been separated and a search has begun. I love the lines: “I would hold the stars and still the winds of time to be with you.” Although tinged with sadness, this song really soars! “Finding You” is a dreamy yet haunting instrumental that features piano, acoustic guitar and violin as well as synths. Randy Copus takes the lead vocals on “To Live Again,” a touching song of loneliness and searching for a lost love so that life can be complete once more. “Butterfly” is classic 2002 - buoyant, soaring and emotional. “Memory of Tomorrow” expresses powerful emotions in a mysterious instrumental that features harp, cello, violin and keyboard orchestration - a favorite. “We Are Always” is a gorgeous instrumental that overflows with love and contentment - another a favorite! I also really like “The Space Between,” which is more piano-based. “Strings of Your Heart” is a bittersweet song of reunion and abiding love, bringing this lovely album to a close.

So, if you have been a fan of 2002 since the beginning, "A World Away" shows this enduring group moving in a somewhat different direction without losing their distinctive sound. If you’re new to their music, check this one out first and then work your way back to see how this group has evolved over time.

Steve Sheppard

A veritable voyage of the soul
I can count myself extremely lucky today, as I am now on my second listen of the new album by 2002, I’m pretty sure it won’t stop there and I am going to make a really bold statement from the off, I rate this to be their best ever album thus far!
We start with the outstanding Dream of Life, the vocals of the Copus family here are utterly sublime and Sarah has matured into a singer of supreme quality and she is still only very young, this track would be a fantastic single, apart from the vocal brilliance and sweet harmonies, let’s not forget the smooth and soothing keyboards, and the vibrant percussion as well.
The sweetest of moments is upon us now with the film score styled track Finding You. Gentle, reflective keyboards and harp now gift us a piece bathed in mystery, when the guitar kicks in, it’s like we are on a search through the labyrinths of time to find the other half of our very soul. We can also be enthralled by the haunting Violin of the amazing James Song on this piece as well, creating such a smooth and peaceful backdrop, with such class.
One of my favourites, and there are many, has to be this one, To Live Again. This is one of those timeless tracks that you just cannot resist playing many times over and each time you do your body simply tingles with sheer excitement. Randy’s vocals are simply amazing and seem to be calling out to us all to live again in this opus of past and future lives. 2002 as a collective have produced another classy composition that once more could easily be a single and a chart topping one at that.
As we move to Butterfly we come across a song that fans of 2002 will go wild over, this is their classic signature style and quite brilliant as well. Sarah’s vocals remind me in part of the UK Celtic singer Juliana but warmer in complexion. Here on this musical moment of magic we are gifted an almost youthful composition as we set the Butterfly free to fly away, and fulfil its destiny, and perhaps effect yours positively while doing so. Musically this is another classic new age pop tune that will easily woo the listener along with its magical energy.
I felt a personal resonance to the mid-way song called Memory of Tomorrow, as only yesterday I sat and wondered about the meaning of life, I watched the trees blow back and forth and listened to their music and said to myself, what if this is all an illusion? This piece of music from this moment forward is going to be firmly in my mind when my muse kicks in for another philosophical debate. Now the standard of musicianship on this track alone is simply the best you could possibly hear, listen to the stings and keyboards and be amazed at the wonderful and gentle symphonic mastery that it draws for us.
Stars and Moons is the magical pool created by the Copus family for us all to bathe in, now I said I have many favourites on this release and this is another one of them, the chorus alone deserves a standing ovation for its escalation, build and progression and I think we have another chart topping single here as well. I still have a fascination with the universe and can be fortunate to be able to gaze up at a star filled sky on most nights; this is another sound track for that moment for me. New Age pop perfection can be found here, personally I adored the reflective, but vibrant move from minor and major on this offering, hook that up with the brilliance on Cello by Jim Higgins and of course the emotive Violin of James Song and you have one of the best tracks I have heard for a decade.
As we slide ever deeper into that star filled ocean above us, we can find a glowing gem of a piece called We Are Always. This instrumental offering is utterly sensual and deeply romantic with every note played. The guitar matches perfectly with the wordless vocals and harmonies, and manifests for us a composition that is both bathed in love and a kindness of the heart that is so meaningful.
We now move to a piece called The Stars Will Guide Us. This sensitive arrangement is so pristine and caring, it’s energy to me seems to be one of a constant rebirth, the feeling from the tone and essence of the overall ethic of the piece is one that says, we may lose our paths along the way, but allow the stars to guide us and we will be where we are meant to be in the end. There is a soft Celtic mood about this track that is so very charming, the harp and calming vocals all go to make up a song that feels like it’s been created in the land of the only one true place in the universe, love.
The Space Between is a special composition for me, but it is also our penultimate song from the album. I have listened to this one several times now and I feel a certain freedom of spirit from it each time I do so, this is deeply meditative and restful and very similar to my meditations to the void, or perhaps I can now call it The Space Between. Listen specifically to the juxtaposition of the piano and the strings here, completely and utterly amazing.
So we now arrive at the very last track off the album and this wonderful last gift is entitled Strings of Your Heart. The strange thing is I feel I have heard this melody before, but I cannot recall where from. However this is simply the ideal piece to leave the release with, just listen to the amazing vocals from the entire family on this one, the production of this arrangement is true genius. This is one very stirring offering that enables us the listener to leave the album, perhaps full in the knowledge that we must enjoy each moment we live, and live in that moment with gratitude and love.
2002 have delivered to me probably one, if not the best albums I have heard this year, and please believe me when I tell you; I get to listen to hundreds. Technically superb, musically sublime, emotionally empowering and performed with such a level of professionalism and honesty it would be very hard to match.
A World Away is a veritable voyage of the soul, and the best work of 2002 in my opinion so far, the balance and checks of universal timing are all here, in what is truly superb release, and if the stars are aligned, then this album should be a chart topper and an award winner with ease, it is that good.