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on 24 January 2011
This was 4th 70s album, and his most commercially successful. Its probably true that the quality gradually went downhill after Teaser and the firecat. However, when we think about it, it's difficult for anything to look good next to Teaser and the Firecat! Catch Bull at Four is quite different to its predecessors. The first track Sitting, sows a sense of doubt, forshadowing the exploration of pain and despair in the second half of the album, concluding with the desolate ruins. It's certainly not as easy to listen to as tea for the tillerman or teaser and the firecat, but it is still an incredibly exciting and rewarding album to listen to. Cat Stevens singing is as usual incredibly emotive. You can hear Stevens doubt and worry about his life come pouring out in the songwriting. Catch Bull at four features a slight change in style, with complex arrangements such as freezing steel and especially 18th avenue, giving rumours of what was to come in his next album Foreigner.
There is lots to recommend this album, including Sitting, and the infectious cant keep it in. The beautiful ballads silent sunlight and sweet scarlet, are of course wonderful. Plus theres O Caritas, which features Cat singing in Latin and Alun Davies wonderful Spanish guitar playing giving the song a Spanish feel. In all a wonderful collection of songs. It may not be as immediately appealing as some of his other works, but once you get into it, its fantastic!