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An Other Cup may leave listeners feeling like Rip Van Winkle in reverse; 28 years after Yusuf Islam made his last pop album, it’s as if no time had passed. Islam, of course, is better known as Cat Stevens, an identity he left behind after his religious conversion and a retreat to private life and charitable works. But even during his early 70s heyday, Stevens/Islam was always a seeker, his acoustic-folk sound powered equally by a warm, lilting baritone and a yearning spiritualism. Listen with only half an ear, and it’ll seem that nothing has changed. That voice sounds no older, the rhythms are just as playful, and the appeals to love, harmony, and world peace strike the same universalist note. An Other Cup lacks the irresistible melodies that powered classics like “Moonshadow,” but there’s still much to appreciate here, from the cheery, horn-laced opener “Midday” to the lovely “Maybe There’s a World,” with its peace-train musings and gentle finger-picked guitar. While most of the religious references seem designed to include listeners rather than shut them out, “In the End” doesn’t bother to veil its apocalyptic fire: “There’ll be no time to believe—in the end.” Yet the album’s most explicitly devotional track, “The Beloved,” is also one of its most compelling, powered by the tension between its Celtic-inflected melody and the unearthly beauty of Senegalese performer Youssou N’Dour’s voice.

Customer Reviews

A beautiful piece of work

It's been a long, long wait, but in retrospect, 30-years have flown by. Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) has delivered an absolutely outstanding piece of work in this new collection. if you ever loved 'Tea for the Tillerman' or any other release from the pre-Muslim Stevens, you won't be disappointed. At its best, this album shines really, really brightly, full of warmth, love and compassion. A gentle soul performing at his best. There's been so much criticism of Mr Islam for his conversion to Islam - buy this album if you love beautiful songs and reject such utter contempt for a human's right to worship. This is an excellent album, with several outstanding tracks, but as a whole leaves you feeling all warm and cosy inside. Like a spiritual hug.

Fantastic Return

When my dad introduced me to Cat Stevens it was the type of music that i had allways been lookin for. With his beautiful enchanting guitar melodies and vocals, and lyrics that would evoke you to think of such wondeful and also consider less wonderful times. Listening to 'An Other Cup' is like he had never left the music buisiness and his songs still captivate you. The only criticism i would give is the poetry played on the album in two tracks, but thats because its not my cup of tea, but that definatly in my opinion dosn't mean it should get less than 5 stars. So welcome back Yusuf and now i hope there is a lot more to come from you in the future. JonBoi19

Welcome Back

Welcome back Yusuf Your tunes have been missed; but the return has been enjoyed already. With thanks.


Born: 21 July 1948 in London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the late '70s, the chart-topping singer/songwriter Cat Stevens formally became a Muslim, adopted the name Yusuf Islam, and after the release of his 11th and final Cat Stevens album (1978's Back to Earth), announced his retirement from the pop music business. Largely inactive during the 1980s and '90s, he returned in 2006 with a new studio effort, An Other Cup, under the name Yusuf. In early 2009 he collaborated with "fifth Beatle" Klaus Voormann for a cover version of George Harrison's "The Day...
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An Other Cup, Yusuf Islam
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2006

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