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  • Artist(s): Cat Stevens
  • Summary: The latest release for the singer-songwriter credited under the names Yusuf/Cat Stevens features re-recordings of the songs from his 1970 album Tea For The Tillerman with new interpretations and arrangements.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
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  1. Sep 18, 2020
    80
    Hearing it reimagined 50 years later, the album’s themes — transcendence, renewal, breaking free of materialism — resonate even more than they did all those years ago.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 17, 2020
    80
    Strikingly, Stevens' craggy baritone is virtually identical 50 years later; but whereas in 1970 he sounded prematurely aged, hearing him now we can't help but envision that innocent, introspective 22-year-old. [Oct 2020, p.39]
  3. 75
    Overall, it can be said that Tea for the Tillerman² is a strong throwback that boomerangs and turns in on itself ; it’s not the perfect path to Yusuf / Cat Stevens music for new listeners, but it undeniably succeeds in touching nostalgic hearts.
  4. 60
    Yusuf now far more believably inhabiting the role of the kindly dad offering his offspring life advice, while ‘On The Road To Find Out’ showcases the most impressive transformation, weaving in North African desert sounds against steadfast lyrics of self-discovery. It suggests that Yusuf has now finally found just what he was looking for all those years ago.
  5. 60
    A mixed bag, although one that those who have loved Tea for the Tillerman since it came out might appreciate. Perhaps not surprisingly, the new one doesn’t exude the magic that made Stevens a worldwide star five decades ago. Those who haven’t heard it should start there.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 17, 2020
    60
    The ragtime version of Wild World is perhaps a re-imagining too far. ... Father And Son remains monumental and intensely moving, however. [Oct 2020, p.93]
  7. Sep 18, 2020
    50
    A curious misfire that trades strength and confidence for second guessing and stylistic uncertainty.

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  1. Sep 22, 2020
    10
    I've listened to this album 4 or 5 times now and it's just so wonderful. I am a huge fan of the original and it's great hearing his new takeI've listened to this album 4 or 5 times now and it's just so wonderful. I am a huge fan of the original and it's great hearing his new take on these songs. I just found out that he is singing with his younger self on Father and Son which is one of my favorites. I highly recommend this if you like the original but are open to a new interpretation. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2020
    10
    Once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine a classic album 50 years later. Cat doesn't disappoint