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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Overstocks
  • ASIN: B000I5X82O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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After 28 years, Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) has returned to release his first album of modern pop songs since 1978's Back To Earth. Yusuf's unique, unmistakable voice is as vibrant on An Other Cup as it was on the classics such as ''Wild World'', ''Father and Son'', ''Morning Has Broken'', ''Moonshadow'', ''Peace Train'', and countless others that made a nation fall in love. After a near death experience in the Pacific Ocean in 1978, Yusuf experienced a spiritual turning point, which included an indefinite hiatus from his multi-platinum recording career. After spending the past 28 years working as an advocate for peace, striving towards an end to poverty in war-torn nations and founding schools throughout London, Yusuf has returned to music to the delight of millions of fans. An Other Cup, produced by Rick Nowells (Madonna, Dido), marks a historic return by an Artist whose music and life means so much to so many. Of his return to music, Yusuf says, ''I feel right about making music and singing about life in this fragile world again. It is important for me to help bridge the cultural gaps others are sometimes frightened to cross.''

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Format: Audio CD
Not pop chart material, it's more thoughtful than that. I'm not sure if the youth will get this album as it isn't as upbeat or self praising as most of the music around these days. From the opening track 'Midday' (the brass sounds like he was inspired by Curtis Mayfields Move On Up) to the last track 'There Is Peace' (sounds like it could have come off Teaser) there isn't a dud on the album, seriously. There are a couple of stand out "single" type tracks (Heaven and Midday) but generally this seems to have been aimed at an "album" type audience. Skiping a track really would spoil the the overall feel. Songs like 'When Butterflies Leave' and 'Whispers From A Spiritual Garden' help to keep the theme going strong, alowing songs that might not blend so well back to back to fit in perfectly. It's a peaceful friendly listen which leaves you feeling like there is still hope for the cooperate music industry yet. Art at it's best, with thought provoking lyrics to boot. oh...and the 44 page booklet just enhances the overall vibe. Right on and welcome back man.
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After a gap of 28 years the artiste formerly known as Cat Stevens has released this offering.As a fan who bought all original albums at the time of their release I was eager to hear this album after such a long time lapse.
I wasn't disappointed as this is a wonderful acoustic offering and will make a worthy addition to any music collection.Similar in style to his last studio album 'Back To Earth', but also with many reminders of earlier glories.
The album opens with the catchy 'Midday' and then flows easily into the beautiful 'Heaven/Where True Love Goes'.This is a reworking of part of the 'Foreigner' suite(1973)and absolutely gorgeous. These are followed by what is becoming my favourite track on the album 'Maybe Theres A World' which is hugely reminiscent of his best songs off the classic 'Firecat' and 'Tillerman' albums.Sandwiched in the middle of the album is another beauty 'In The End' which would not have been out of place on the classic 'Firecat' album.
Also included are two spoken tracks 'When Butterflies Leave' and 'Whispers From A Spiritual Garden' but for all that still beautiful.There is also a reworked version of 'I Think I See The Light' and Yusufs version of 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood', both excellent.
Its great to see Cats' old musical partners back on this album...most notably Jean Roussel and Alun Davies who was responsible for much of the magical guitar playing on the old classic albums.An excellent 'return' album after 28 years.....pity it had to be such a long wait.....
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Not pop chart material, it's more thoughtful than that. I'm not sure if the youth will get this album as it isn't as upbeat or self praising as most of the music around these days. From the opening track 'Midday' (the brass sounds like he was inspired by Curtis Mayfields Move On Up) to the last track 'There Is Peace' (sounds like it could have come off Teaser) there isn't a dud on the album, seriously. There are a couple of stand out "single" type tracks (Heaven and Midday) but generally this seems to have been aimed at an "album" type audience. Skiping a track really would spoil the the overall feel. Songs like 'When Butterflies Leave' and 'Whispers From A Spiritual Garden' help to keep the theme going strong, alowing songs that might not blend so well back to back to fit in perfectly. It's a peaceful friendly listen which leaves you feeling like there is still hope for the cooperate music industry yet. Art at it's best, with thought provoking lyrics to boot. oh...and the 44 page booklet just enhances the overall vibe. Right on and welcome back man.
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WOW, what a comeback album! It's been 28 years since his last mainstream album Back To Earth, but it's definitely been worth the wait. There isn't a duff track on this album, and it really is a return to the kind of form Yusuf showed during the seventies. I'm so pleased that he felt the time was right to make a comeback - his great talent has been sorely missed. Good to see that he's working with original band members too.

Whether the decision to release the album under his Islamic name Yusuf was a wise one remains to be seen. It was obviously his decision, quite rightly so, but I hope potential buyers & fans will be aware that this is the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. Polydor must have had the same feeling - hence the gold sticker on the front of the CD case to remind us.

I hope we wont have to wait another 28 years for the next one Yusuf. Now, how about a tour??
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After watching the documentary on TV about the production of this album and Yusuf Islam's decision to return to recording I waited with anticipation. I was not disappointed. What an album! Play it at work during the day and it will lighten the load. Play it in the evening at home and it will ease the cares and sooth the nerves. An excellent, thought provoking piece of composition that draws on a wealth of traditions and doctrines - you only have to read the sleeve to see this. This man and his music are a light to follow in a dark world unfortunately full of obscene lyrics and deafening rubbish. Salaam aleikum.
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