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Yusuf, ‘An Other Cup’ (Ya/Atlantic)

Nearly three decades after quitting secular pop to seek fulfillment in the Islamic faith, the former Cat Stevens revisits his old turf, sounding weirdly unchanged. While ’70s hits like “Wild World” studied youthful innocence and adult experience, Yusuf’s supple folk tunes predictably take a more spiritual route, yet largely avoid cosmic corn. “Maybe There’s a World” echoes John Lennon’s utopian “Imagine,” although an anxious cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” does acknowledge real-world tensions.

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