Country, God or the Girl

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Country, God or the Girl
Studio album by K'naan
Released October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)
Recorded 2010 - 2012
Genre Hip hop, alternative rock, pop rock, afrobeat, folk
Length

46:38

62:49 (Deluxe Edition)
Label A&M/Octone
Producer RedOne, Sham & Motesart, Chuck Harmony, Brian "Sweetwesty" West, Jimmy Joker, Levine, Wayne Wilkin, Troy NoKA, Glass
K'naan chronology
More Beautiful Than Silence
(2012)
Country, God or the Girl
(2012)
Singles from Country, God or the Girl
  1. "Is Anybody Out There?"
    Released: January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)
  2. "Nothing to Lose"
    Released: February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)
  3. "Hurt Me Tomorrow"
    Released: May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 6/10[3]

Country, God or the Girl is the fourth studio album by Somali-Canadian hip hop artist K'naan. It was released worldwide on October 16, 2012.[4]

Background and development[edit]

The album was first announced in February 2012, with a release date of May 1, 2012. Coinciding with the announcement, he confirmed that he has collaborated with Nas, U2 lead singer Bono, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, American hip-hop and electronic artist and producer will.i.am and Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado.[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Is Anybody Out There?" was released as the lead single from More Beautiful Than Silence. It features vocals from Nelly Furtado. The song was released as a promotional single in the United States in early January, and as a single worldwide on January 24, 2011.[6] The single made its chart debut on the Canadian Hot 100 at #67, before peaking at #14.[7] It notably topped the New Zealand charts and peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Nothing to Lose", featuring American hip-hop artist Nas, was released as the second single from More Beautiful Than Silence on February 1, 2012.

"Hurt Me Tomorrow" was released as the album's first official single on May 1, 2012, notably the album's original release date. It peaked at #12 on the Canadian Hot 100[8] and at #37 on the Billboard 40 Pop Songs[9]

Critical Reception[edit]

'Country, God or the Girl' received generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "Generally Favorable Reviews".[10]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Seed"   Hasham "Sham" Hussain, Denarius "Motesart" Motes Sham & Motesart 3:35
2. "Gold in Timbuktu"   Chuck Harmony Chuck Harmony 4:34
3. "Waiting Is a Drug"   Chuck Harmony Chuck Harmony 3:17
4. "Better"     Ryan Tedder 3:15
5. "Simple"     Brian “Sweetwesty” West 3:26
6. "Is Anybody Out There?" (featuring Nelly Furtado) Keinan Warsame, Edwin Serrano, Nelly Furtado, Melanie Hallim, Denarius Motes, Hasham Hussain Sham & Motesart 3:58
7. "Hurt Me Tomorrow"   Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart, Noel Zancanella, Keinan Warsame Ryan Tedder 3:27
8. "The Sound of My Breaking Heart"     RedOne, Jimmy Joker 3:51
9. "Nothing to Lose" (featuring Nas) Chuck Harmony Chuck Harmony 3:57
10. "70 Excuses"     Brian “Sweetwesty” West 4:11
11. "Bulletproof Pride" (featuring Bono) Chuck Harmony Brian “Sweetwesty” West, Jon Levine & Chuck Harmony 4:42
12. "The Wall"   Chuck Harmony Wayne Wilkins, Troy NoKA & Glass 4:27
Total length:
46:38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country, God or the Girl - K'naan". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Country, God or the Girl - K'NAAN: Awards". AllMusic. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  3. ^ Langager, Ross. "K'naan: Country, God or the Girl". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  4. ^ "K'NAAN Set to Release Country, God or The Girl on Oct 16th". A&M Octone. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  5. ^ Paine, Jake (2012-02-21). "K'Naan Announces Country, God Or The Girl Album, Nas, Bono Featured | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Canada Singles Top 100 - Music Charts". ACharts.US. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  8. ^ "K'naan Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Chart Beat - Definitive Sales & Airplay Analysis". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  10. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/country-god-or-the-girl/knaan