Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) talks with Billboard about his new album. It still doesn’t have a title, but is set to come out in late Spring 2009. As previously mentioned, there will be guest appearances by Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton on “Boots & Sand”, and Michelle Branch and Gunnar Nelson on “To Be What You Must”.
The sound and feel of this album will be more stripped down than it was for An Other Cup.
“This one was really a result of me writing a lot of songs and being kind of inspired again. After I recorded [‘Cup’] people just wanted to hear me do a lot of simple stuff, just with the guitar.”
“Perhaps I went to town a little bit with the production on the last album. I was just having fun with the new technologies — we have endless tracks on Pro Tools. You can just flow them out and add and add, and I did.”
“He’s got such ears. I could understand what he wanted to create – that journey than the album can take you on.”
About “Boots & Sand”:
“It’s a slight oddity of a song. The image I had was kind of a cowboy B-movie made in Italy, but the story came from real events, real people.”