Friday, May 01, 2009



AS AN '80s child, the two things that I know about Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, is that he converted to Islam, and he wrote the theme tune to Ricky Gervais's sitcom Extras.
And Roadsinger, his impending album, is unlikely to bring his music to the fore of people's minds once again.
Because despite it being a brilliant vehicle for Islam's distinctive rich vocals, it's actually quite a sombre listen.
Low key strummer after low key strummer, these are kind of one-miserable-man-and-his-guitar compositions about floods of blood and people hating each other that will be pulled out in 20 years time to soundtrack a documentary about how deeply awful the recession was back in 2009.

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