Clark Collis
November 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

An Other Cup

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Yusuf Islam
Producers
Atlantic
genre
Folk

We gave it a B

Little about this comeback album, An Other Cup, indicates that 28 years have passed since the Islamic convert formerly known as Cat Stevens retired from the musical mainstream. The folky arrangements, melancholic singing, and romantic worldview of his early work are intact on songs like ”In the End” and the excellent ”Midday.” A strings-backed cover of ”Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” sounds, in many ways, of a similar vintage. But it also can’t help but evoke the controversy that followed his 1989 utterances concerning the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

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