So, we all know Victor Lamont Wooten to be a supremely technically gifted bass player, right ? The triple-thumping, hyper fast, impossibly flexible bass machine ?
Occasionally accused of being self-indulgent though (though for me, far from it - this is not a man driven by ego)
His approach here seems to be to have a balance of music that most people can hook into, but with moments of virtuoso playing smoothly integrated, even on the vocal CD.
His songwriting here is more refined, certainly less flashy, but some of the solos are simply off the scale when you really listen what is going on - it's just not as 'in-your-face' as a showcase like 'Show of Hands'.
Now, in terms of the some of the lyrics - well, somebody is a happy and optimistic soul, and there are moments of what you could call 'cheese', but given the good intentions and joyful spirit, it would be a bit mean spirited to make a big deal of it.
At the end of the day, this is probably his most accessible project to date (and I do think they should be listened to as a pair), and a joy to listen to.