Country, God or the Girl [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
"See, my blood's on fire, I can't help but survive" declares K'NAAN on "The Seed," the kinetic opener to this Canadian singer's 2012 effort, Country, God or the Girl, another grand step down the Wyclef and U2 road where you'll find sincerity, grandness, poignancy, political anthems, and big productions, as in could-fill-a-canyon big. For this modern Marley-like man who crossed over with the global hit "Wavin' Flag," this is nothing new, but that all-encompassing title references how the personal and intimate have returned to his music here, as light melodies and reflections of growing old fill the precious and proud "Gold in Timbuktu," while "Bulletproof Pride," with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
"See, my blood's on fire, I can't help but survive" declares K'NAAN on "The Seed," the kinetic opener to this Canadian singer's 2012 effort, Country, God or the Girl, another grand step down the Wyclef and U2 road where you'll find sincerity, grandness, poignancy, political anthems, and big productions, as in could-fill-a-canyon big. For this modern Marley-like man who crossed over with the global hit "Wavin' Flag," this is nothing new, but that all-encompassing title references how the personal and intimate have returned to his music here, as light melodies and reflections of growing old fill the precious and proud "Gold in Timbuktu," while "Bulletproof Pride," with special guest Bono, is universal truths and touching whimsy on a "You Can Call Me Al" level, kicking off with "I could have been a doctor, were it not for a degree" and building into a horn-filled jubilee that shakes with mirth. Rappin' what's happenin' as "Waiting Is a Drug" bounces like A Tribe Called Quest, K'NAAN peppers his harrowing story of growing up a Somalian Civil War refugee ("life is a cage" when your surrounded by "cold blades") with crisp, cool punch lines ("Shout out to anyone named 'Mohammed'/'Cause, no lie, I know about a hundred"). If "Is Anybody Out There?" feels just like B.o.B's "Airplanes" with a different rapper (K'NAAN) and a different grand hook deliverer (Nelly Furtado), it's still genuine and moving enough to overcome that déjà vu. Actually, the weird and wonderful whirlwind of funk, hip-hop, rock, and Nas called "Nothing to Lose" is the only thing that feels entirely new because Sting, will.i.am, Damian Marley, and others have done this multiculti, well-funded extravaganza thing before. Still, K'NAAN's a rock-solid songwriter with a charismatic delivery that rains down sparks of cool guy and clever, so call this familiar but rewarding one "Gracedland" or just "Highly Recommended."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • Label: A&M / Octone
  • UPC: 602537170982
  • Catalog Number: 001760302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Seed (3:35)
  2. 2 Gold in Timbuktu (4:34)
  3. 3 Waiting Is a Drug (3:19)
  4. 4 Better (3:16)
  5. 5 Simple (3:27)
  6. 6 Is Anybody Out There? (3:59)
  7. 7 Hurt Me Tomorrow (3:48)
  8. 8 The Sound of My Breaking Heart (3:50)
  9. 9 Nothing To Lose (3:57)
  10. 10 70 Excuses (4:11)
  11. 11 Bulletproof Pride (4:43)
  12. 12 The Wall (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
K'NAAN Primary Artist, Vibes, Mbiri
Donald Hayes Saxophone
Harry Kim Trumpet
Sham Musician
Brian West Bass, Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Jon Levine Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Harmonium, fender rhodes
Steve Jordan Drums
Wayne Wilkins Keyboards
Noel Zancanella Musician
Ryan Tedder Musician
Brent Kutzle Keyboards
RedOne Background Vocals, Musician
Chuck Harmony Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Musician, Hammond B3
Darin "Piano Man" Whittington Organ, Drums
Christian Mendoza Vocals
Ann Marie Simpson Violin
Chilly Gonzales Piano
Denarius "Motesart" Motes Musician
Jimmy Joker Background Vocals, Musician
David Glass Guitar, Ukulele
Ky'arah Williams Background Vocals
Kayliah Motes Background Vocals
Adrian Ecclestom Guitar
Technical Credits
Bono Composer
Sham Producer, Engineer
Brian West Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jon Levine Composer
Wayne Wilkins Composer, Producer
Noel Zancanella Composer, Producer
Nelly Furtado Composer
Chris Martin Composer
Ryan West Engineer
Guy Berryman Composer
Ryan Tedder Composer, Producer
James Diener Executive Producer
Tim Rice-Oxley Composer
John D. Norten Engineer
Declan Gaffney Vocal Engineer
K'NAAN Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins Composer
Brent Kutzle Composer
RedOne Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Editing
Chuck Harmony Producer, Executive Producer
Jared Scott Engineer
Sol Guy Executive Producer
Ben Chang Engineer
Charles Harmon Composer
Smith Carlson Engineer
Hasham Hussain Composer
Keinan Warsame Composer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson Engineer
Nasir Jones Composer
Jonathan Buckland Composer
Chilly Gonzales Composer
Trevor Muzzy Engineer, Vocal Editing
Anthony Palazole Engineer
Melanie Hallim Composer
Denarius "Motesart" Motes Composer, Producer, Engineer
Edwin "Lil Eddie" Serrano Composer
David Percefull Engineer
Jimmy Joker Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Editing
William Champion Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart Composer
David Glass Composer, Producer
Troy Noka Producer, drum programming
Seb Webber Management
Kevin Anyaeji Engineer
Johnny Powers Engineer, Vocal Editing
Jimmy Fleming Jr. Cover Design
Hawassa Art Direction
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