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'Perspective' is an interesting and unique album that may never have happened, and although it doesn't stand up to Becker's guitar-oriented work, it's still a testament to his skills that he was able to compose these tracks despite being afflicted by debilitating ALS. As Becker can no longer play the guitar, this is largely an album of synthesised atmospheres, and this adds a much greater variety and potentially wider-reaching appeal than the pure shred of his previous works, even if some of his attempts to join the elite ranks of Vangelis and other electronic composers are never quite as convincing.
Although Becker's noodling guitar finds its way into a couple of songs, namely the eleven-minute piano and guitar duet 'End of the Beginning' and the appropriately bluesy 'Blue,' this is more of a full-band endeavour featuring multiple instruments and even vocals in an interesting move.
It's fortunate that this isn't a moping or regretful album considering Becker's condition, and indeed much of it sounds pretty optimistic. 'Primal' begins with an Eastern vibe and gospel type backing singing, 'Higher' features a full female choir and seventies-style synthesisers, and the later 'Life and Death' and 'Empire' both strive for the epic heights of a fantasy film score, though ultimately end up among the less successful experiments of the disc. The strangest deviation of all is the final track 'Meet Me in the Morning,' which abandons the instrumental genre entirely and features blues singing and some fairly uninteresting guitars, making for a very unusual end to an enormously varied album that prog fans may enjoy, but doesn't represent the peak of what this musician was capable of achieving.
3. End of the Beginning
6. Life and Death
9. Meet Me in the Morning
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 End of the Beginning
6 Life and Death
9 Meet Me in the Morning