Various Artists

This Moment Now

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Over the course of seven previous albums since the late '90s, new age fans seeking mellow, dreamy enlightenment, an escape from their stressful lives, or maybe even a beautiful soundtrack to accompany massages have found solace in the lush, melodic soundscapes of the duo 2002. Each recording by the married couple of Pamela (harp) and Randy Copus (guitar) is tied around a theme, and the packaging makes it clear that this is a dual musical love poem to each other. Although many of the song titles allude to the passion between lovers (the meditational, piano-driven "Suddenly Yours"; the gentle, whimsical, harp-centered "Romancing the Moon"), overall the seductive vibe here is a continuation of the sounds that have always defined 2002. Some of the tunes are pure relaxation, but others move along with a bit more spirit, as in the flute-enhanced joy of "Sunny Day." The point seems to be to alternately relax and inspire, and 2002 succeeds beautifully on both counts. This is best enjoyed as a continuous whole.