Country, God or the Girl

Country, God or the Girl

by K'NAAN
     
 

"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 bigSee more details below

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"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." [A clean version of the album was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
Label:
A&M / Octone
UPC:
0602537170999
catalogNumber:
001760402

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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
Jon Buckland   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
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   Cover Design
Hawassa   Art Direction

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