About this CD
- Release date: May 5, 2009
- Label: Hip-O
- Catalog number: 001279402
- Musicians: Yusuf: organ, synthesizer, acoustic guitar, percussion, piano, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, Spanish guitar, synthesizer bass; Martin Terefe: acoustic guitar, bass, piano, electric guitar; Yogi Lonich: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck guitar; Pete Adams: piano, Wurlitzer; Kenny Passarelli: bass, Kristoffer Sonne: drums, tambourine; Mark Clark: drums; David Angell, David Davidson: violin; John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina: cello; Chris McDonald: trombone; Chris Wilkinson: viola; Jennifer Kummer: French horn; Jimmy Bowland: tenor saxophone; Will Simmons: wind chimes; Michelle Branch, Terry Sylvester, Gunnar Nelson, Holly Williams, James Morrison: background vocals
- String Arrangements: David Davidson
- Engineered by John Hanlon, Baeho Bobby Shin, Dyre Gormsen, Iain Hill, Ramzi Ammouri
- Mastered by Bob Ludwig
- Cover art: Mark Aaron James
- Produced by Martin Terefe, Yusuf
- The sound of early-Seventies Cat Stevens is back, only slightly little more serious and a little less poppy.
- Unlike some religious records, Yusuf doesn't spend time preaching, just detailing his quest for The Truth.
- The sound is strikingly lovely, and tasteful without sounding embalmed.
- There's nothing here as instantly memorable as his classic string of singer-songwriter hits, but the more penetrating nature of these tunes arguably offers greater rewards.
- Three years is a long time to wait for a little over half an hour of music.
With this white flag of sorts (and the fact that the former Cat Stevens is readying a stage musical, Moonshadow, which ties together all his old hits), it's clear that Yusuf (no Islam surname now) is ready to be a pop star again. The venerable singer-songwriter even goes so far as to compare his first coming-out-of-retirement CD, 2006's cluttered, preachy An Other Cup, as the Mona Bone Jakon to his new Tea For The Tillerman.