Friday, June 12, 2009

Cats and dogs

I've always been a bit unsure about Cat Stevens. Partly because he's called Yusuf Islam. Such a generic Muslim name, surely a singer-songwriter could come up with something with a little bit more invention? And Cat Stevens wasn't even his real name either.

Musically too he's a hard one to fathom. Some tracks, like Peace Train and Sad Lisa, are genuinely great while others, like Matthew and Son or even Morning Has Broken, I find disconcerting and musically a bit, well, all over the place.

But, on watching the recent show of his on BBC4, you can't say the man's not talented.

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