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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Octone
  • ASIN: B00997NIW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Seed
2. Gold In Timbuktu
3. Waiting Is A Drug
4. Better
5. Simple
6. Is Anybody Out There? featuring Nelly Furtado
7. Hurt Me Tomorrow
8. The Sound Of My Breaking Heart
9. Nothing To Lose featuring Nas
10. 70 Excuses
11. Bulletproof Pride featuring Bono
12. The Wall

Editorial Reviews

K'NAAN's highly anticipated third album, Country, God or The Girl follows the release of 2009's acclaimed sophomore effort Troubadour, and features a diverse collaboration with some of music s biggest talents- Bono, Nas, Keith Richards and Will.i.Am, Also included on the LP collection is the Top 40 smash and MTV VMA-nominated single for Best Video with a Message, Is Anybody Out There, featuring Nelly Furtado, and his current up-tempo single Hurt Me Tomorrow.

Customer Reviews

Every album gets better.
Amazon Customer
Fans of K'naan should not be disappointed, as his distinctive rapping style and great ability to craft a song are still very much present on this album.
To Be Simple
Social consciousness pervades the album.
Professor Anupam Chander

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sunshine sc on March 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I love this CD! It shows the breath of diversity and creativity of the artist. People expecting music along the vein of K'NAAN's previous recordings, a la rap, a little hard core rock, this is not a continuation of that genre. This CD is more within the vein of Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Duran Duran, Aha, and Green Day's slower songs. I hear comments about its "soft," even Hendrix, the pinnacle rock icon, slowed it down sometimes, just listen to songs like "Little Wing" and "Pali Gap." If you are looking for a CD with just plain good music, without the attachment of genre, then this is the CD for you!!! :-D
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pankaj on October 22, 2012
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K'Naan is one of my favorite new artists--hands down. K'Naan took over the world (literally) with "Waving Flag." Now, with his most recent commercial album, what was a serendipitous success of "Troubadour" now seems to be a strategically created pop-hip-hop album with cameos by some of today's greatest musicians.

While the album is exceptionally put together, it lacks some of K'Naan's pre-commercial zeal and edginess. What was so captivating about Troubadour was K'Naan's incredible life experiences put into thought-provoking lyrics and rhymes. This follow-up album doesn't seem to have the same depth. That being said, K'Naan's skills as a poet/lyricist cannot be denied. He is at the top of the game with the way his smooth voice turns phrases and drops creative metaphors.

If you are a positive hip-hop fan, then this album can't be missed. While it lacks in some areas from his previous album, you can tell it has the professional finish of a major label. Either way, K'Naan is a welcome new voice to the world of hip-hop. I'm guessing we will enjoy his voice for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Storey on November 26, 2012
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I have been enchanted by K'Naan's music since I first heard "With God on our side" on "Chimes of Freedom; The songs of Bob Dylan" . He draws inspiration on many of his tracks from his upbringing in Somalia. Many of the themes are rough and gritty but there is a purity and sincerity in his music. His sound is unique and that is what I find most appealing. I had listened to the Deluxe version of "Country, God or the girl", which included 4 additional tracks not included in the version I purchased. Still each of the additional tracks contains explicit language which I don't particularly care for. I am not a prude but I think this can diminish a singer's audience and this singer is certainly eloquent enough not to need to resort to using racial slurs and profanity to communicate with his audience. My favorite track is "70 excuses" from which all of us can draw inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Professor Anupam Chander on July 14, 2013
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A beautiful and thoughtful album, with so many hidden gems. Quiet and patient, but full of passion and sincerity. Social consciousness pervades the album. Listen to "Is Anybody Out There?," a duet with fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado. Who writes songs that focus on the trials of young people?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Walsh on May 19, 2013
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Well, I almost didn't buy K's new album because of some negative reviews I read here. Thank goodness I went ahead with it.

The people who are down on this album seem to be those who have allowed themselves to create one impression of K'naan and what his music IS and SHOULD BE - namely, the dire and gritty stuff that came out with The Dusty Foot Philosopher, and a bit on Troubadour - and their cemented expectation for his future sounds won't allow for any deviation. For your sake, don't be one of those people.

As some others have said, this album demonstrates K'naan's breadth and depth as an artist, and his liberation as an artist. Instead of highlighting the pain that drove him as an artist, this album highlights freedom and hope. There are more anthemic sounds on here - like "The Wall", "Better", "The Seed", "Bulletproof Pride", "The Sound of My Breaking Heart" - to lift you up and take you far than any other of his albums.

Stylistically, it's very diverse. "Waiting is a Drug" and "Alone" are head-bopping, toe-tapping, smirking fun. "On the Other Side" and "Simple" are rhythmic, lyrical and even hypnotic. "70 Excuses" and "Gold in Timbuktu" are soft, beautiful, melodic. And make no mistake, the lyrics are thoughtful and profound. What makes the album unique lyrically relates to K's focus on hope. He extends his reflections to beyond his own personal experience. Many of the songs are about other people's struggles and hopes, even as K sings about them in first person. Finally, K'naan raps and sings about his own liberation as an artist. He's paid his dues, and then some. He was a seed, has grown his roots, and now he's a tree, free to be who he be.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Agha A. Mirza on November 2, 2012
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i love knaan his previous two albums were awesome..so i was expecting something totally brilliant from this guy..but this album almost sounds like pop...there are some very good songs on here but some are just horrible the seed, gld in timbuuktu the song with bono ad nas are really good..some of the others are really soft overall its okay not the best
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By S. Sasic on June 9, 2014
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of course it is not as good as 'troubadour' and it is much softer and pop as already noticed by previous commentators. but still, it is an excellent piece and one can make no mistake by listening to it. troubadour is a lifetime achievement not only for k'naan, it would have been for any artist and not being as impressive cannot be weakness. well done, k'naan.
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