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An Other Cup

Yusuf Audio CD
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1. Midday
2. Heaven/Where True Love Goes
3. Maybe There's A World
4. One Day At A Time
5. when Butterflies Leave
6. In The End
7. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
8. I Think I See The Light
9. Whispers From A Spiritual Garden
10. The Beloved
11. Green Fields, Golden Sands

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Three decades after decisively trading fame and his superstar moniker for the spiritual devotion for which his restless '70s songs seemed a perpetual quest, the singer-songwriter born Steven Demetre Georgiou has successfully resurrected Cat Stevens's muse, if not his persona. The musician whose dedicated embrace of Islam embroiled him in controversy frequently sings its praises on An Other Cup, both boldly (the Prophet-lionizing "The Beloved") and with delicate reflection ("Whispers from a Spiritual Garden" reworks Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi.) Given the political and religious misconceptions that have often plagued him, he's mused for years that his theme song should be Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"; here Yusuf makes good on the promise, conjuring a cover steeped in brooding elegance with the assistance of Madonna/Dido/Rod Stewart producer Rick Nowells.

Yet, as "Heaven/Where True Love Goes" attests, the musician remains as masterfully adept at blurring distinctions between spiritual and romantic ecstasies as he is at evoking his trademark idealism in the lilting harmonies of "Maybe There's a World." Fans of his vintage catalog will find intriguing riches outside the more spiritually focused works here, too, with the familiar idealism of the previously unrecorded 1968 song "Green Fields, Golden Sands" and muscular "I Think I See the Light" further evoking the glories of Cat past. The production leans towards the spare and shrewdly contemporary, whether casting the effusive opener "Midday" in Paul Simon's spirit of cross-cultural adventure, underscoring the melodic charms of "One Day at a Time," or suffusing "When Butterflies Leave" and his autobiographical cover of Simone with graceful, neo-classical strings. Considering the career time lapse, it's a remarkably strong effort, yet one inspired by a gentility and spiritual inquisitiveness that's comfortably familiar. --Jerry McCulley

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning return. Nov. 27 2006
By Ed Rose
Format:Audio CD
Ever since I first heard "On The Road To Find Out" on a lonely drive home in the summer of '85, I've been hooked on Cat Stevens. This cd released under his post conversion name of Yusef Islam, is a bit of (minor) dream come true.

A sumptuous collection of flawlessly melodic, provoking lyrical pieces that demonstrate that the years passing have done nothing to dim the powerful, unique voice of this incomparable artist. Highlights are too numerous, but certainly "Midday", "One Day At A Time" and "In The End" sit along side the best of the man's canon. Wonderful, restrained and sympathetic production, an invigorating remake of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and a vibe throughout that is both inspiring and tranquil are simply icing on the cake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He sill has "it" Jan. 29 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to this album for about a month almost non stop, and at first I couldn't get enough of it. But now after hearing it so many times I am starting to hear its flaws. Don't get me wrong I did give it four stars, and considering how long he has been out of the game I am happy to have some new music from Mr. Islam.

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is my only real problem with this album, its slow and drawn out, and its in the middle of the album. Between two excellent songs, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" just seems to stop the momentum the album was growing until that point.

Negativity aside, I highly recommend this album to any Cat Stevens fan or any one who loves poppy folk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, uplifting music Dec 13 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is beautiful, uplifting music. Incredible sound, entertaining and thought-provoking, without being too off the wall. Flawless production. Listening to this cheers me up when I'm feeling down, and enlivens my spirit when I'm feeling good. Perfect anytime.

One thing: it is evident in many of these tunes that Yusuf has found peace in Islam, and he wants to share this with others. "The Beloved," for instance, is his musical homage to the Prophet Mohammed. If you are a cynic, or a bigot, and think he is trying to push his faith on you, you aren't listening with the right perspective. Rather, Yusuf simply asks that you share in the joy he has found in faith by enjoying his music and celebrating the beauty of the world and of the spirit. Open your ears and be inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Feb. 19 2013
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A voyage to an enchanted land...lovely, Yusuf never disappoints. Never-ending talent abounds in this "pretty" collection of music. Buy it!
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227 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Return--Better Than Ever! Nov. 14 2006
By Robert L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Like many diehard Cat Stevens fans, I have eagerly devoured his Islamic recordings over the past twenty-eight years, all of which are superb, if somewhat difficult to find. "An Other Cup," is something else entirely.

Although still recording under his Muslim name, ("Yusuf Islam" now shortened to simply "Yusuf"), the former Cat Stevens has made a triumphant return to the spiritual folk-pop of his youth, and--by any name--he IS still very much Cat Stevens. Every track here is heartfelt, beautifully written, and gorgeously produced.

The whole range of his remarkable career is represented: a new recording of "I Think I See The Light," originally from 1970's MONA BONE JAKON; a horn-powered "Midday" which, although it is a new song, wouldn't have sounded out of place on his very first album, 1966's MATTHEW AND SON; "Heaven/Where True Love Goes," which expands on the final section of 1973's "Foreigner Suite." The album even closes with "Greenfields And Golden Sands," a previously-unrecorded early song dating from 1968! From start to finish, all are superb; there is a maturity in these tracks which in some ways surpasses his classic 1970s work.

This album is not for everyone. In the age of hard-edged, angry rap, some people will undoubtedly find Yusuf's folky spiritualism out-moded and passe. For those of us who loved Cat Stevens thirty years ago, however, this CD represents a long-awaited return to a magical world we feared we had lost forever. Bravo, Yusuf! And welcome back!
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, May 8 2007
By Leggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard anything by Cat Stevens, I wasn't even interested, but my girlfriend came in with his new CD the other day and I was blown away. I don't think I have heard such a good and strong album for a very long time. I haven't been able to stop listening to it over and over again, even when the CD wasn't playing the music was still there in my head. That music, so delicate, so beautiful, so heartfelt, so genuine, so exquisite and moving... I just haven't got words. It reminds me a bit of George Harrison. I'm not a religious person, but it's anquestionable that their respective faiths have elevated this two musicians to an amazing state of artistic grace.

This record will stay with me.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Cat is back and he is Yusuf now Feb. 17 2007
By Kathleen S. Goode - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you Yusuf for sharing yourself with us again. You were greatly missed! Please consider us again when you are moved to share more of your gifted self.

I found his voice more mature, deeper, older, which for me works well. I adore the variety on this mellow cd. I love the flavor of Islam in some of the music and the open-ended spirituality that allows for us ALL to listen or sing along from our own unique perspectives, whatever our beliefs. "Greenfields and golden sands are all I need, are all I want...A small house and an olive tree, to keep and feed my family." "If only you all could rely on God with absolute trust ..." "I have dreamt of an open world, borderless and wide, where the people move from place to place, and nobody's taking sides..." "One day at a time, we can learn to fly ... Those who worked for tomorrow, will not miss the dreams of yesterday." Thank you, Yusuf. More please. I wish you a long, healthy, fruitful life.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real music communicates Feb. 16 2007
By R. Rahmani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I never expected this CD to be this good. I bought this and "The Very Best of Cat Stevens" together. Honestly, several of the songs on "An Other Cup" are even better than the Very Best. The two albums are sharply contrasted though. In the Very Best, he is clearly a man searching everywhere to find his peace, and often in the wrong places. "Hard Headed Woman" really speaks to that. But in An Other Cup, you see a man who has finally found his place, and reaches spiritual enlightenment. This CD communicates so well his journey. It is sincere and uplifting, and makes me feel that there is hope in the world. 5 stars, hands down.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Comeback Album Nov. 15 2006
By David Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading the reviews here and want to give my honest feedback on Yusef's first new pop album in 28 years. By far, this is the best music he has done since he quit music. With that said though, it is not up there with his best 3 albums: Tea For The Tillerman, Teaser & the Firecat & Catch Bull at Four. It is just not as strong lyrically or musically and does not have the mass appeal(as a whole). That doesn't mean it isn't good; it is, but not everyone will be drawn to some of religious songs that appear.

Anyway here is a song by song breakdown:

1) Midday - 8.5/10

Though it lacks a chorus, the wonderful instrumentals make this song. I agree the production is like his very early stuff - very lush, but this time not overdone. I like this song very much.

2) Heaven/Where True Love Goes - 8/10

We have all heard it. This song is inspiring, uplifting & one of the few really upbeat songs. It is a love song I think for his wife or son with a spiritual message.

3) Maybe There's a World - 10/10

This is the best song far and away. It sounds like a lost song from Tea for Tillerman. His vocal is very strong and I love the backing harmony of the chorus.

4) One Day At a Time - 6/10.

This song is not one of my favourites. It is very mellow and the vocal is very quiet. The style is similar to the songs on Numbers. Musically it is kinda weak & it almost lulls me to sleep to be honest.

5) When Butterflies Leave - 7/10

It is so short it is hard to rate. How can you complain about a 40 second song? Even if you don't like it, it ends so fast. So what if it is a poem? Nothing fantastic, but it is decent enough.

6) In the End - 8/10

This song will turn some off, for it does sound a bit preachy. Yet unlike Dylan's Gotta Serve Somebody it is not in your face. Yusef expresses a heartfelt viewpoint of following a path that is good, not evil. It may sound a bit preachy, but this song is very strong and being a spiritual, but not religious person, I connect with his message and don't feel he is trying to convert you.

7) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - 7.5/10

This seems to be Yusef's theme song now. If you do a cover, you have to expect one to compare it to the original and in doing that it is not as good as the Animals version. The main problem I have is that Yusef slowed down the song so much, that it loses its appeal. He does a decent version, but the song sounds better at a faster tempo and Yusef still has the voice to do it that way. It could have been the second single, but it is too slow to work.

8) I Think I See The Light - 8/10

I am not a big fan of redoing old songs. Yusef takes out the word girl and turns this old love song into a song about God. Yet despite that, it is a very good remake and backing instrumentation is great. This version may be better than the original.

9) Whispers of a Spiritual Garden - 6/10

Another poem set to music. Not my cup of tea, but have no problem with it.

10) The Beloved - 7/10

This song is most the religious of them all. It is a song about the prophet Muhhamed. It is a nice song, but the song has limited appeal. Muslims will love it, but most would have preferred a more secular song. Considering this album is meant to appeal to the Western World, this song will turn more people off. I don't have a problem with him writing it and singing it, but feel this album was not the place for it. He could have included on one of his more religious releases. Then again maybe Yusef wanted to do a record where there is something for everyone and this song is not the one for me. I like this the least.

11) Greenfields, Golden Sands - 8.5/10

They are calling this Yusef's Imagine. It is not. John Lennon's Imagine was his masterpiece and this song is not that good or as good as Cat's best peace song - Peace Train. Yet it is a very good song. It has a very strong melody and I think more than any other song, this song will grow on you. Its style is similar to early work 1966-1968, and it was written in 68, so it falls more into that category than his 1970-72 style. It is a strong song to end the album.

I do wish they listed the musicians that played on each song like they did in the old days. I wanted to know what songs Alun Davies & the rest of his old band played on. But I guess I can live without knowing.

In conclusion, giving this 1 star is absurd. The album has moments of greatness, but I wouldn't give it 5 stars either, for it has some weaker moments and giving it 5 stars would say it is up there with his best work and I don't think it is. But it is a good album and it is great to hear the ol' Cat back after so many years.

And the production is great and his voice sounds as good as ever. And who said he lost his skill as a musician? After 28 years, he is going to be rusty, but amazingly he is very strong on the guitar again and I am a musician so I can hear his skill shining through again.

Go buy this album if you liked Cat Stevens. It is better than 95% of the music out there.
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