VLE - _Book of Illusions - Chapter II_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
My interest in atmospheric/soundscape project VLE continues. In last issue, I raved about the VLE offering _Book of Illusions - Chapter I_, saying that the release was "one of the most dazzling, brave and impressive independent offerings I have received in sometime". I still stand behind my comments. I love that record and the dynamic and adventurous ideas it takes upon itself. As I had expected, _Book of Illusions - Chapter II_ continues where VLE had left off, but not in its entirety. There are some changes within. While still as grandiose and overflowing with beautiful soundscapes as the previous offering, _Chapter II_ finds VLE exploring more with feelings and emotions, soft keyboards, sweet harmonies and a slight dark edge (very subtle) comes over the music as well. Listening to _Chapter II_ I am once again thrust into colourful and cosmic trance-like state, guided by the changing medleys and the creative genius behind this one-man project. Just check out the beauty of songs like "The Dancer" and "A Scene From a Tree". Is this as good as the first offering? I think so, but on many different levels. I'd recommend music fans wanting to investigate VLE to scope out both _Chapter I_ and _Chapter II_, as they are both worth it. And listening to them back to back is quite an experience to boot. Once again, I await for new VLE material. Hopefully something new will surface in 2002.

Contact: VLE, 455 West 34th Street Apt.14C, New York, NY 10001, USA

(article published 14/1/2002)

10/19/2001 A Bromley 9 VLE - Book of Illusions: Chapter 1
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