CD Roadsinger [Cat Stevens] (CD 4646145),
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Roadsinger [Cat Stevens]
1. Welcome Home
2. Thinking 'Bout You
3. Everytime I Dream
4. Rain, The
5. World O' Darkness
6. Be What You Must
7. This Glass World
9. All Kinds of Roses
10. Dream On (Until...)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0157
Will Hensley; Doug Tyo; Iain Hill; Heather Sturm; Dyre Gormsen; Baeho "Bobby" Shin; Thomas Juth; Taemin Choi; Ramzi Ammouri; Bob Engel; John Hanlon
Personnel: Yusuf (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, piano, organ, bass synthesizer, percussion); Monisa Angell (viola).
Additional personnel: David Davidson , David Angell (violin); Chris Wilkinson (viola); John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina (cello); Jimmy Bowland (tenor saxophone); Jennifer Kummer (French horn); Chris McDonald (trombone); Gill Long (tuba); Will Simmons (wind chime).
Audio Mixer: Michael Brauer.
Arranger: David Davidson .
ROADSINGER is the second album the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens (and before that, Steven Georgiou) has released in a secular, Western pop style since 1978, well before he embraced Islam, changed his name to Yusuf, and began releasing Islamic-oriented spoken-word and musical material. Like its 2006 predecessor, AN OTHER CUP, ROADSINGER harks back to the Cat Stevens who dominated the charts in the '70s with a warm, accessible folk-pop sound. And while the lyrics here are not without their spiritual content, there's nothing overt or denominational about it. Probably even less so than what you'd find on any given U2 album, for instance. The pace is mostly slow to moderate here, with a reflective tone prevailing, but then, his classic albums like TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN were never exactly about raving rockers either. Ultimately, ROADSINGER is all about Yusuf/Cat/Steven getting back to what he does best--agreeably earnest, unfailingly melodic, amiably easygoing, acoustic-based tunes whose weight can easily be obscured by their abundance of ear-catching hooks.
Billboard (p.63) - "The 11-tune collection marks Yusuf's harking back to his TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN/TEASER vein of reflective spiritual quest in a musical setting that is largely acoustic and intimate, recorded live with minimal overdubs."
Q (Magazine) (p.135) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] set of finely crafted folk songs in the style of his 1970 breakthrough TEA FOR THE TILLEMAN....60-year-old Yusuf still has a message worth hearing."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Recorded almost entirely live with a small group of players, most of these songs could have sprung from early 70s sessions, such is their alluringly familiar intimacy..."
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