By Philip Cosores
Whether you call him Yusuf (his newest recording name), Yusuf Islam, or Cat Stevens, the “Wild World” and “Father and Son” songwriter’s return to the public eye has generations of music fan intrigued.
Both his upcoming tour and his new album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, wipes clean his five-year absence from the popular music discussion. Is it worth the wait?
Now, you can decide for yourself, ahead of the album’s Oct. 27 release date, as the release is streaming in full on NPR’s First Listen.
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features production from both Yusuf and legend Rick Rubin, and finds the folk singer offering up new material for the first time since 2009’s Roadsinger.