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Country, God Or The Girl [Explicit]

Country, God Or The Girl [Explicit]

October 16, 2012
4.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Label: A&M / Octone Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 A&M/Octone Records
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  • Total Length: 46:58
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B009M34H9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,043 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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I'm generally not into hip-hop music, but K'naan's previous album, Troubadour, really blew me away, and I truly loved nearly every track. In this new album, K'naan goes in a much more pop-oriented direction. His voice and his overall sound are still unique, and the music is much more memorable than a lot of contemporary pop, but on the whole, the album doesn't quite have the consistent greatness of Troubadour. Still, about half of the album is really great, and the rest is solid.
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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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I really like "The Dusty Foot Philosopher" and "Troubadour".
"Country, God Or The Girl" is good, but a bit more produced and definitely mellower than those other albums.
I'd recommend it if you are a K'naan fan already, but if you have never heard him before, start with "Troubadour"...it is an amazing album.
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