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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple / Los Angeles Times review

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An inescapable sense of foreboding runs through "Blackness of the Night," the opening track from "The Laughing Apple," the new album by Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens. "In the blackness of the night I seem to wander endlessly, with a hope burning out deep inside," Yusuf sings in the same soft, gravelly baritone that helped make him one of pop music's biggest stars of the 1970s. "I'm a fugitive; community has driven me out/ For this bad, bad world, I'm beginning to doubt."

That's a far cry from such buoyant and exquisitely uplifting pop hits of yore as "Morning Has Broken," "Moonshadow" and "Oh Very Young." "Blackness of the Night" is a prime example of the disillusionment of youth. "I wrote it in a way, in anger against the world, about what I thought were the injustices that were going on," said the artist. "The Laughing Apple," released today, Sept. 15.

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