Youssef Islam releases 1st album in three decades

Muslim convert Youssef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, released his first commercial album in almost three decades.

Youssef Islam releases 1st album in three decades

Muslim convert Youssef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, released his first commercial album for almost three decades, AFP reported.

Islam says that the new English-language album, titled "An Other Cup", picks up where he left off when he converted to Islam, changed his name and quit the pop business in the late 1970s.

"It's me, so it's going to sound like that of course ... This is the real thing," he told the BBC on Monday.

"When my son brought the guitar back into the house, you know, that was the turning point. It opened a flood of, of new ideas and music which I think a lot of people would connect with."

The singer-songwriter, who has occasionally released religious songs, devoted his life to his religion after he embraced Islam, establishing Islamic schools in London and a charity, called Small Kindness, which aids children in Iraq, Indonesia, the Balkans and Darfur.

Islam was turned back when he tried to enter the United States in 2004 because his name mistakenly appeared on the "no-fly" list. Weeks later, he was awarded the "Man for Peace" award by Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

"Islam promises peace, love and light"

According to a music review by the International Herald Tribune, the old Cat Stevens has been replaced by "a songwriter who finds all his answers in faith: an Islam that promises peace, love and light."

"Don't forget the One Who gave you this today," he sings in "Heaven/Where True Love Goes," where he refers to the Holy Qur'an.

Islam also praises Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in "The Beloved", and says that "You can't bargain with the truth/'Cause one day you're going to die/And good's going high/And evil's going down" in "In the End."

He also changed a few words in a remake of "I Think I See the Light", a love song to a girl on one of his 1970's album, to turn it into a song of revelation, making it the catchiest tune on the new album.

There may also be a tinge of knowing humor - and perhaps a referral to Islam's political troubles - in "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," where he says that he's just "a soul whose intentions are good."

According to the IHT review, "Islam won't be misunderstood on "An Other Cup," with its pleasant music and one-dimensional lyrics. Now, above all, he's a believer."

 

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