“A wondrous collection of some of the most breathtaking, exquisitely beautiful music ever recorded.” ~ Raj Manoharan, RajMan Reviews
“2002 are very capable of keeping matters playful, courtesy of the livelier opening track “Where The Stars And Moon Play”. Even more playfully is the bouncy and energetic “Setting Sail” as the song is propelled by its spirited optimism. However, they are equally at home courtesy of their tender and delicate moments such as Pamela Copus’s flute work on the soft and wispy musical themes of “Sweet Dreams”. A close second is Randy Copus’s utterly haunting guitar work on “An Ocean Apart” that will transport you to a deep blue sea leaving you floating effortlessly on its tranquil mirror surface. Countered by Pamela’s flute this is 2002 at their best. Just as effective is the soft and slow beat of “When I See You Again” where Randy’s nylon acoustic strings continue to flirt with Pamela’s flute rendition.” ~ Michael Debbage
“Deep Still Blue, the newest release from 2002 encompasses all that we value and love from New Age music and adds an extra dimension with the addition of a video disc in the package. The DVD has some of the most spectacular still photography on the planet compliments of marine photographer Susan Sailbara. In addition, the group has included some full ethereal vocals to the mix. I truly enjoyed Emerald Way, the last album of the husband and wife duo of Pamela and Randy Copus, but after watching and listening it appears that this is their best album to date.
Starting off with a very Enya-esque sounding tune, Where the Stars and Moon Play opens the world of the sea to us. The visuals are stunning. It is as if we are seeing color for the first time in our lives. North of Honduras is the magical world of the Caribbean. Our underwater visit is filled with delicate and delightful creatures that strike our imaginations. Deep Still Blue the main track is a song featuring gentle guitars, placid piano and layers of voices that carry you away to a secret paradise. Somewhere north of the Coral Sea is a magic world where time stood still longer than any pace on earth. Under the sea, you can still find castles of chalky coral, delicate green dragons, and water bluer than the sky. Drifting under the Pacific with just a hint of a current, we are gently pushed on the tune An Ocean Apart. This is one of the most relaxed tunes I have ever heard. The music suggests wandering aimlessly under a sapphire sea with just our thoughts. Nothing on the surface can affect us as we drift placidly over a living rainbow of creatures, endless sandy plains, and far away skys of green ocean algae. There is an astonishing image of anemone that looks like a row of little green mushrooms. More evidence to the magic under the sea. The musical accompaniment to the incredible vision is called Little Angel.
2002 has taken much of the gentleness that the ocean sometimes offers and put it into music. There is a subtext to this song however. It is as if from a distance we are witnessing a sleeping child. This is one of the best cuts on Deep Still Blue. One of the brightest spots on the album is called Sarah’s Rainbow. It is song sung just for the joy of life. The tune is a celebration of triumph. There are days when even the darkest cloud may have a ray of sunshine peaking out behind it. We return to the surface on the spirited song Setting Sail. Canvas slaps, ropes creak and the jib flutters as the wind pushes on our backs and we move across the ocean in search of new adventure. Friendly voices, glittery guitar and fluid flute combine to warm the air with sunshine and promise. The Voyage Home, a song with forward motion and no regrets in the notes opens with images of bright orange anemone, khaki-colored pipefish and the sharp ghostly photos of white sea sponges. There is a remote kind of sadness in the tune, but the spirit of the adventure is still with us and it will carry us through for the rest of our lives.
Never has still photography come more alive than under the lens and heart of Susan Sailbara. Despite the burden of personal illness that she has carried for some time, she is still able to see the intrinsic beauty of the world and, in the blink of an eye, capture it for all to see. 2002 has been making terrific music for a long time. I think I may have some of their material on cassette. Deep Still Blue is a labor of love on many levels. There is the love of just making music and the delight of joyous little lives that we are privileged to steward, particularly as parents. Finally the love of the earth in all its forms whether deep ocean or soaring mountain. This is music for the type of person that loves to rejoice in life.” ~ reviewed by RJ Lannan on 8/10/2007 –Zone Music Reporter