- Released: November 14, 2006
- Label: Atlantic
Spin - p.1033.5 stars out of 5
-- "Yusuf's supple folk tunes predictably take a more spiritual route....'Maybe There's a World' echoes John Lennon's utopian 'Imagine'..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.127
"The folky arrangements, melancholic singing, and romantic worldview of his early work are intact..." -- Grade: B
Q - p.1503 stars out of 5
-- "[A] remarkable balancing act....'In The End' and 'I Think I See The Light'...benefit from Rick Nowel's lavishly detailed production."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1204 stars out of 5
-- "[A] disarmingly beautiful and, yes, spiritual record that calls for inter-denominational tolerance via songs that any liberal-minded Cat Stevens fan will adore."
- 1.Midday (Avoid City After Dark)
- 2.Heaven / Where True Love Goes
- 3.Maybe There's a World
- 4.One Day at a Time
- 5.When Butterflies Leave
- 6.In the End
- 7.Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
- 8.I Think I See the Light
- 9.Whispers From a Spiritual Garden
- 10.The Beloved
- 11.Green Fields, Golden Sands
Personnel: Yusuf (acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, bass instrument, triangle).
After 28 years away from the secular music world, Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, returned with this strong folk-pop album in 2006. Echoes of his older work abound here--the spiritual lyrics, the rich, resonant vocals, the lovely descending guitar-picking patterns, and the emotional choruses that thrust themselves like starbursts out of elegant, chamber-pop verses.
And while songs like "Maybe There's a World" and a remake of his classic "I Think I See the Light" will comfort old admirers, Yusuf also takes some chances with unusual material. "Whispers from a Spiritual Garden" is a sparse instrumental featuring a vaguely Middle Eastern melody and a bowed, droning bass, with a brief passage of Rumi poetry. A cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" shows a newly flinty, if melodramatic, side to the artist. The album-opener, "Midday," percolates gently with a laid-back vocal flowing sweetly over a calypso rhythm. This thoughtful, well-made record may not attract legions of new fans, but it is a welcome addition to the Cat Stevens canon.