Roadsinger

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Roadsinger (To Warm You Through the Night)
Roadsinger by Yusuf Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Yusuf
Released 5 May 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Folk rock
Length 31:37
Label Ya/Island (UK/Europe)
Ya/Hip-O, A&M Records (US/Canada)
Producer Yusuf, Martin Terefe
Yusuf chronology
An Other Cup (as Yusuf)
(2006)
Roadsinger (as Yusuf)
(2009)
Tell 'Em I'm Gone
(as Yusuf)
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Sun 5/5 stars[1]
ZME Music 10/10 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
BBC (somewhat favourable)[6]

Roadsinger (To Warm You Through the Night) is the thirteenth studio album by Yusuf (formerly known as Yusuf Islam and as Cat Stevens). Roadsinger is Yusuf's second mainstream release since his return to music. The album made its debut on the Billboard 200 at position No. 41 and on the UK charts at No. 10.

History[edit]

The album was released by Island Records in the UK. It was released in the US by reissue label Hip-O Records and is catalogued under A&M Records. Hip-O Records also reissues Cat Stevens' A&M releases from the 1970s, hence Roadsinger is an addition to his A&M catalogue.

"Everytime I Dream" was inspired by the media criticism of Yusuf Islam following his alleged support for the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses.[7]

Cover art[edit]

On the album cover, the singer is credited as "Yusuf" with a promotional sticker identifying him also as "Cat Stevens".

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by Yusuf.

  1. "Welcome Home" – 4:23
  2. "Thinking 'Bout You" – 2:31
  3. "Everytime I Dream" – 3:09
  4. "The Rain" – 3:26
  5. "World O' Darkness" – 2:23
  6. "Be What You Must" – 3:25
  7. "This Glass World" – 2:02
  8. "Roadsinger" – 4:09
  9. "All Kinds of Roses" – 2:38
  10. "Dream On (Until...)" – 1:56
  11. "Shamsia" – 1:29
  12. "Boots and Sand" (iTunes bonus track, featuring Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton)
  13. "Peace Train Blues" (iTunes bonus track)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 35
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 86
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 71
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[14] 31
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 22
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sun review
  2. ^ ZME Music review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Mojo review
  6. ^ BBC review
  7. ^ Everytime I Dream Songfacts
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Yusuf – Roadsinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Yusuf – Roadsinger" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Yusuf – Roadsinger" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Yusuf – Roadsinger" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Yusuf – Roadsinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Yusuf – Roadsinger" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Yusuf – Roadsinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Yusuf – Roadsinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Yusuf – Roadsinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Yusuf – Roadsinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Cat Stevens | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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