Nearly thirty years ago Cat Stevens left the music world at the height of his career. Now, forty years after his first album “Matthew & Son”, he brings us under a beautiful album cover, “An Other Cup” as Yusuf.
Now this is a completely bias review as I am a huge Yusuf fan. Though I must honestly say this is hands down the best comeback album ever. Yusuf’s voice is a deeper tan but manages to create the same pop melodies that made him famous in the 70’s all the while resorting to beautifully woven acoustic pieces that make me want to pick up my guitar and play. No doubt the man can still pluck the heart strings of his listeners. You would just need to listen to the first single “Heaven/Where True Love Goes”.
The album opens with “Midday (avoid city after dark)” that sets the stage for what’s to come. “Greenfields & Golden Sands” is another great track that went unrecorded since the 1970’s. “I See The Light” is the very Cat Stevenesque 70’s track that holds the secret to most of his old hits like “Wild World”. There are doses of Islamic spirituality most notably on “The Beloved” which beautifully blends what sounds like English folk with Arabian elements.
A memorable favorite is probably Yusuf’s cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”.
This is just a great contemplative album and I give it my absolute highest recommendation. You can listen to the entire album for free by clicking here (for as long as the link remains unbroken)
Bottom Line: 5/5
that may be the chance for you to be safe.
And if you make it through the trouble and the pain,
that may be the time for you to know his name”
Heaven/Where True Love Goes – Yusuf