VNV Nation album "Resonance" which is the revisited versions of some of the best songs from their discography wouldn't say that it is a remix because the songs are played with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Yes Ronan has gone on to do something by far more amazing with his music, he has set it to an orchestra. It is in the realm of classic music rather then jazz or anything else. The fluidity of his composing reminds me of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus however.
Not only is composed perfectly but the way that each song follows is that of a perfect VNV mixed play list. Some of them hearing in this format makes me realize what the song meant till I heard it in a raw format. For example “Beloved” although I have interviewed Harris about the song in the past, (interview be re transcribed) I never fully got it till I myself went through it. To have sounds like cellos and violins playing in the background only adds to the feelings of what it means to know that somethings can never be different.
Another song that I was delighted to hear was “Illusion”. This has always been one of my favorite songs and one of those that I have a personal attachment to. What I could not tell Harris at the time of our interview as how important this song was to me when I was 19 and my mother died. I would say this song single handling helped me get through such a hard time in my life and to hear it with a beautiful background only add to the lyrics and what is trying to be said through the song.
This is defiantly one of those album that need to be bought by any fan of VNV or any fan of actually music. As a jazz fan I was excited to hear something different coming from a band like this. I am not saying that this is at all a jazz record but I can appreciate the art that goes into such a sound as this because much like Paul McCartney recording “Yesterday” or Duke Ellington playing with his orchestra, the sounds are timeless and can only become an album that will be referred to as a great masterpiece of work for the years to come. If I could have written the review in less then five words it would have been this, it's just beautiful.