An Other Cup [Deluxe Edition]

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The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens has gone through myriad changes in his personal and spiritual life over the 25-plus years since he last released an album, but this return to recording in the secular arena reveals a surprisingly linear artistic development. The singer-songwriter who set aside his chosen last name of "Islam" for this release always gave voice to his religious beliefs through compositions like "Moonshadow" and covers of traditional Christian hymns like "Morning Has Broken," so it's hardly surprising that he'd do the same with the Muslim faith he adopted in the '70s. Yet the welcoming An Other Cup is anything but dour and doctrinaire. Songs like ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens has gone through myriad changes in his personal and spiritual life over the 25-plus years since he last released an album, but this return to recording in the secular arena reveals a surprisingly linear artistic development. The singer-songwriter who set aside his chosen last name of "Islam" for this release always gave voice to his religious beliefs through compositions like "Moonshadow" and covers of traditional Christian hymns like "Morning Has Broken," so it's hardly surprising that he'd do the same with the Muslim faith he adopted in the '70s. Yet the welcoming An Other Cup is anything but dour and doctrinaire. Songs like "Maybe There's a World" and "One Day at a Time" retain the spare, folksy charm and dramatic depth of Yusuf's work circa Teaser and the Firecat, with his surprisingly youthful-sounding voice drifting dreamily over gently plucked acoustic melodies. Yusuf maintains a warm, intimate vibe even when the arrangements are busier and the lyrics more bitter than one might expect, as on a dark-hued, classically skewed cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" -- a clever choice, given the fact that the singer has for years been defending himself against charges that he supports terrorist activities. Longtime Cat Stevens fans will revel in his revisiting "I Think I See the Light," with a renewed energy. And while there are a few heavy-handed moments here, such as the fire-and-brimstone "In the End," An Other Cup is the sort of vessel that invites, and rewards, repeated drinks.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
OK, we'll get it out of the way: Yusuf Islam is the man who was once the internationally renowned songwriter Cat Stevens. His last recording as Stevens, released in 1978, was Back to Earth, a record full of lost and disillusioned emotions and the desire to be whole and to find something more. Now 28 years later, Islam gives listeners An Other Cup, a recording that reveals the benefits and the gifts that his conversion to the religion of Islam gave him. With co-producer Rick Nowels, old mates like guitarist Alun Davies, Jean Roussel, and bassist Danny Thompson, and new ones like Youssou N'Dour, Islam returns to the folk-pop idiom of Catch Bull at Four, the aforementioned album, and moments of Foreigner. While the production on this record is full, it feels more stripped down than most of his work. And what's so interesting is that while he may have left behind the minutely detailed searching scenarios his songs related for more spiritual and general sense impressions, it's about the only thing that's changed. His voice is warm, rich, and inviting, his melodies are as irresistible as ever, and his way of relating his experience is direct. It's true there are a lot more holistic themes on this set, deeply spiritual tomes that offer advice, but they also enthusiastically relate the benefits of what he's found. Is it preachy? Yep, a bit, but so was Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming. That's not to equate this record in terms of its profundity, but more to say that anyone who appreciates what Stevens did in a previous life can rejoice in the subjective truths related here. Songs like "Maybe There's a World," "In the End," the horn-drenched opener "Midday (Avoid the City After Dark)," and "Greenfields, Golden Sands" are memorable and delightful for their simplicity and directness. There is also a curious cover on this set: a string-drenched arrangement of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" that's about as far from the Animals' version as one can get. It's a bit over the top, and it's more in your face than anything else here and therefore doesn't work. It's downright sappy. Otherwise, this record is a minor but pleasantly unexpected surprise. It also lends a more human face to the man's often distorted life as a devout pilgrim on his way to seeking God. Doing that in a pop setting is a tightrope walk, but Islam obviously doesn't really care, and he keeps his record free from the trappings of trying too hard. If you missed Cat Stevens, meet Yusuf Islam. On An Other Cup, he delivers what you've been waiting for. [This Deluxe Edition features the bonus track "There Is Peace (from Moonshadow)."]
Billboard - Mark Sutherland
This record is uplifting enough to satisfy even a 30-year thirst.

This record is uplifting enough to satisfy even a 30-year thirst.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2006
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602517050853
  • Catalog Number: 1705085

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Triangle, Background Vocals, spanish guitar, Synthesizer Strings, Synthesizer Harmonica, Background Vocals
Alun Davies Acoustic Guitar
Ian Thomas Drums, cowbell
Maria Vidal Background Vocals
Martin Allcock Mandolin, Acoustic Bass
Rusty Anderson Electric Guitar
John Barclay Brass
George Black Bass, Percussion
Alec Dankworth Acoustic Bass
Richard Edwards Brass
Simon Gardner Brass
Luis Jardim Percussion
Charles Judge Kalimba
Skaila Kanga Harp
Greg Kurstin Organ, Synthesizer
Mark Nightingale Brass
Rick Nowels Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, keyboard bass
Tim Pierce Electric Guitar
Jean Roussel Vox Organ
Steve Sidwell Brass
John Themis Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Baglama, spanish guitar
David Theodore Brass
Gavyn Wright Violin
Danny Thompson Acoustic Bass
Andrew Roachford Background Vocals
Richard Watkins Brass
Dave Stewart Brass
Peter Bradley Adams Organ, Piano, fender rhodes, Piano (Grand)
Mehmet Can Kanoon
Patrick Alan Background Vocals
Wayne Handez Background Vocals
Joyous Celebration Choir and Incwenga Voices Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Cat Stevens Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Bass Arrangement, Composer
Gary Thomas Engineer
George Black drum programming
John Brough Engineer
David Costa Artwork
Chris Garcia Engineer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Bass Arrangement
Garfield Jackson String Ensemble
Charles Judge String Arrangements
Chris Laurence String Ensemble
Martin Loveday String Ensemble
Rita Manning String Ensemble
Rick Nowels Producer
Anthony Pleeth String Ensemble
Cathy Thompson String Ensemble
Peter Lale String Ensemble
Patrick Kiernan String Ensemble
Boguslaw Kostecki String Ensemble
Bruce White String Ensemble
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Julian Leaper String Ensemble
Marzen Murad Mastering
Everton Nelson String Ensemble
Perry Mason String Ensemble
Rik Simpson Engineer
Emlyn Singleton String Ensemble
Warren Zielinski String Ensemble
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Pete Hanson String Ensemble
Marc Marot Management
David Jack Daniels String Ensemble
Morven Bryce String Ensemble
Emil Dacanay Artwork
Qutaiba AlMahawili Artwork
Dogan Ur Illustrations
David Gordon Management
George Tandero Engineer
Gayvn Wright String Ensemble
Christopher Tombling String Ensemble
Tim Young Mastering
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