The Laughing Apple

Yusuf - The Laughing Apple
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #544 / 887
User Score
Based on 12 ratings
Liked by 1 person
September 15, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Decca / Label
Yusuf, Cat Stevens / Primary Artists
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The Laughing Apple can in some ways be viewed as a compromise, as Yusuf makes an album that will resonate with old Cat Stevens fans, but there's never a moment where he seems less than sincere and committed, and this merging of past and present makes for Yusuf's most satisfying album since his return to popular music in 2006.


Yusuf’s vocals are a bit more gruff than in days gone by, but his whimsical tone maintains the fanciful and philosophical lilt once so essential to that early, engaging style.

Consequence of Sound

The Laughing Apple isn’t a diluted version of the music Yusuf has been releasing over the past decade; embedded in its pop craftsmanship are new songwriting challenges, Eastern sounds, and scriptural themes that don’t mask themselves. It’s just the version that allows him to be as bold as that smiling, little apple found in the title track.

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Track List

  1. Blackness of the Night
  2. See What Love Did to Me
  3. The Laughing Apple
  4. Olive Hill
  5. Grandsons
  6. Mighty Peace
  7. Mary and the Little Lamb
  8. You Can Do (Whatever)!
  9. Northern Wind (Death of Billy the Kid)
  10. Don't Blame Them
  11. I'm So Sleepy
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Added on: September 14, 2017