The Laughing Apple
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.