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A Cat Returns
Review of An Other Cup
Release date 11/14/06

By Harry Katopodis

What an awesome album! Cat Stevens (under his new name of Yusuf Islam) released his first mainstream pop album in 28 years called An Other Cup and the magic is still there. It is a mellow album with clever, insightful lyrics and beautiful music. His voice sounds as good as ever and his former guitarist Alun Davies and former keyboardist Jean Roussel have reunited with Yusuf on this album. His track Heaven (Where True Love Goes) is a catchy, upbeat tune that can compete with the best of today's music. The album features 12 brand new songs. It was co-produced by Rick Nowels who has also worked with Madonna, Dido and K.D. Lang. The release also marks the 40th anniversary of the first Cat Stevens record.

Throughout the seventies Cat Stevens, son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother, struck an emotional chord with millions of his fans and now he will strike another emotional chord with a new generation of fans. This album contains some of his finest work. An Other Cup will reestablish the link between Yusuf and his fans that was cut 28 years ago. "I feel right about making music and singing about life in this fragile world again." said Yusuf as he talked about his new album in a recent interview (

Cat converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam and took a long hiatus from the music world immersing himself in the Islamic faith and raising a family. Throughout those years he helped many people with humanitarian work and he has returned to the music scene offering pleasure, hope and solice to his fans through his music once again.

The songs in An Other Cup are as good or better than the songs in his first cup (his albums as Cat Stevens). Every Cat Stevens fan should have this album. You can get more information and hear a clip at

Harry Katopodis is an award-winning journalist who interviewed Yusuf Islam for Greek Accent magazine in 1987.

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