After so many years when Yusuf Islam, who here calls himself just by
his first name, seemed to embrace his Moslem faith at the expense of
his earlier identity as
Stevens, it seems strange to have the two identities come
together. Because it takes only a few seconds to discover that Yusuf
is still Cat: the voice, the intonation, the style of his songs. Can
the presence of a cover song on this album be anything but a plea for
understanding that there is no dichotomy here?
With the automatic association in too many people's minds of Islam and
terrorism, with a CNN anchor daring to ask America's first Muslim
Congressman to prove he isn't working with our enemies, it would be a
miracle if he weren't misunderstood. If you're inclined to
pray for miracles, add that one to the list.