2007 / Galactic Playground
Review by Michael Debbage
Alongside Yanni, Enya and David Lanz, 2002 has been one of the genres most successful recording artists. An almost permanent resident on the Billboard chart since 1997 one would think that a Christmas project would have occurred a long time ago. Quite the contrary as Christmas Dreams released late last year was their first festive affair and much like their regular recording activities is set to become a regular visitor to your stereo fit to be played not just at Christmas time.
2002’s trademark sound includes the multi layered keyboards, the heavenly harp, the flirtatious flute and soft nylon acoustic guitars of the Copus duo. They are in total harmony covering yesteryears favorites carols ever so slightly reinventing the festive good tidings. While there is no original material added to the album, the duo wisely chose the lesser known “In The Bleak Midwinter” to bring a little freshness to the holiday album. Otherwise, the obvious favorites are covered from the resounding “Carols Of The Bells” to the more peaceful simplicity of “The First Noel”. But without a shadow of a doubt the highlight of the album is the tender “Silent Night” featuring Pamela on flute and Randy on cello in utter unison musically. It fully represents the spirit of the season of peace and glad tidings displaying 2002 at their reflective best.
This year Christmas Dreams was re-released in a more timely fashion on Gemini Sun Records. With the exception of some minor tinkering, the most obvious being the sequence of the first three songs, it is the same holiday affair that was self produced and released by 2002 last year. After a fifteen year recording history, hopefully it won’t take as long for 2002 to let it snow again.
December 1, 2007