Yusuf/Cat Stevens

The Laughing Ap­ple

Mojo (UK) - - News - Mike Barnes

DECCA. CD/DL/LP The singer song­writer’s 15th al­bum, ar­riv­ing 50 years since his de­but.

On Cat Stevens’ con­ver­sion to Is­lam in 1977, he gave up mak­ing mu­sic but has re­cently ad­mit­ted that he ran so far in the other di­rec­tion he rather lost his way. And so, since re­sum­ing in 2005, his ca­reer has started to arc back round, even in his use of a dou­ble name. Af­ter 2014’s bluesy Tell ’Em I’m Gone, pro­duced by Rick Ru­bin, for The Laughing Ap­ple Yusuf/Cat is work­ing again with Paul Samwell-Smith who pro­duced his clas­sic early-’70s al­bums, and four songs – in­clud­ing the ti­tle track – fea­tured on his sec­ond al­bum New Masters (1967) and reap­pear here in spar­tan form. New ma­te­rial like See What Love Did To Me sits well along­side these, while the haunt­ing Grand­sons and the pre­vi­ously un­re­leased Mighty Peace muse on how growth soon be­comes time pass­ing, and that there is al­ways work to be done.

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