Alpert: "The first solo album by Sting meant a lot to me. It was a natural continuation for him after leaving the Police; he didn't seem lost without them, but confident in what he could do. On The Dream of the Blue Turtles, he surrounded himself with great players like Branford Marsalis. The sound represented his approach to being freer musically, and not confined in a rock group. Sting needed that freedom – and his numbers were even more successful as a solo artist."