Victor, I don't know if you will read this, but I felt moved to ask you WHY? Why is your album filled with vocals? Let me explain. The other day, I was having a bass jones day. I had been listening to "in the pocket" bass players for a while, and needed a bit of your virtuosity. I wanted something that would blow me away, and just buying a CD for the songwriting was not what I really wanted. See, you are like a bass God to me (and I am sure to many others) in fact, you are arguably the best bass player alive today. I get a sense that you are a spiritual person, and a non-ego type guy, despite the fact that you are the best of the best. Therefore, I doubt you will take offense at what I have to say. There are many in the pocket bassists, who groove well, and play simple and tasteful stuff...James Jamerson, Duck Dunn, Pino Palladino and many others. Bass players who don't ever feel the need to show off or blow people away with anything other then good tastiing bass licks that service the song, not the other way around. But you Victor, have a special gift! Your bass playing is something I could listen to just by itself. Of course, you cause jaws to drop, and bass players to just quit (in shame and complete jealousy) so why why why would you ever make a bass album that has very few solos, and is mostly vocals? I had read an article where you said the next album you did would be more for the bass player fans, and would showcase your virtuosity, rather then your previous albums which by your own admission, miminized your skills in service of the song. This album is not it, my Brother! I hope I am not pissing you off by saying that there are enough lite gospel 6 string players out there these days. Sure, they are all good, but you are better then good. I was seriously hoping for an all-intrumental album that showcases your gorgeous tone, immaculate grooves and intricate style. Oh sure, there is one song "natives" which would be a great song no matter who played it, but most of your album seems designed to say "I am a total musician, and not just a bass player". Victor, I already have several Sting albums. What I was hoping for was something else. Something where the bass finally takes the forefront, and does not hide itself. I am begging you to please, please, please make your next album a vocal-free album, with more fusion, maybe even some bop, and bass pyrotechinics! Until then, I will be listening to Marcus Miller's new album, "silver rain" which right from the first track, establishes him as a bass player. When I think of you Victor, I think of the king of modern funk bass. I don't think of you as a pop star, or a rapper, or anything other then the king of bass. Long live the king! I thank you for your consideration, and I know you put a lot of work into that album. This is all just my opinion, of course, and if anyone wants add anything....please do!