Review : YUSUF - An Other Cup
Jam!The Cat came back. Guess he just couldn't stay away. Though to be fair, he did give it a pretty good shot. It's been 28 years since Cat Stevens made his last album, became a Muslim, changed his name to Yusuf Islam and retired from the pop business. But his long-awaited return An Other Cup sounds like it could have been recorded the very next decade, if not the next day....full text
The IndependentThe surprising thing about this comeback album from the former Cat Stevens is just how little his music has been altered by his retreat into Islam. The sole "exotic" touch is provided by the breathy duduk flute and harmonium on the Sufi-inspired sermon "Whispers From A Spiritual Garden"; otherwise, the arrangements follow on from the early-Seventies heyday of Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat - smooth and blandly inoffensive....full text
MusicOMH.comThe artist formerly known as Cat Stevens surely must win a prize for the longest gap between albums...ever! A mere 30 years have nearly elapsed since he last troubled the music business. In three decades since he emerged in the simplistic '70s acoustic world of the sensitive singer-songwriter you would have thought things would have moved on in his chosen field of acoustic balladry, but no so it seems. With the emergence of rootsy, acoustic balladeers from the pretty (Paolo Nutini) the sincere (Ray Lamontagne) and the soulful (James Morrison) to name but three chasing 'the post-Blunt effect' the time has never been riper for a half-wit with an acoustic guitar to bend your ear with his tales of woe. Ker-ching!...full text
GuardianIn 1966 an 18-year-old Cat Stevens - born Steven Georgiou - recorded one of the era's most evocative kitchen-sink hits in Matthew and Son, with its anxious line, "A five-minute break and that's all you take, for a cup of cold coffee and a piece of cake." After 40 years, another name change, a conversion to Islam and two musical makeovers (pop to folk to devotional), An Other Cup brings him back to the folk-pop idiom and a real shot at his first million-seller since the 1970s....full text
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