Country, God or the Girl

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


63:09 (Deluxe Edition)
Label A&M/Octone
Producer RedOne, Sham & Motesart, Chuck Harmony, Brian "Sweetwesty" West, Jimmy Joker, Jon Levine, Wayne Wilkin, Troy NoKA, Glass, Bob Ezrin , Alex da Kid,, Ryan Tedder
K'naan chronology
More Beautiful Than Silence
(2012)More Beautiful Than Silence2012
Country, God or the Girl
Singles from Country, God or the Girl
  1. "Is Anybody Out There?"
    Released: January 24, 2012
  2. "Nothing to Lose"
    Released: February 1, 2012
  3. "Hurt Me Tomorrow"
    Released: May 1, 2012
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 and Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado.[5]

Release and promotion[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 positive reviews from 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"
Sham & Motesart 3:35
2. "Gold in Timbuktu" Chuck Harmony 4:34
3. "Waiting Is a Drug"
  • Warsame
  • Gonzales
  • Harmon
Harmony 3:17
4. "Better" Tedder 3:15
5. "Simple"
Sweetwesty 3:26
6. "Is Anybody Out There?" (featuring Nelly Furtado)
Sham & Motesart 3:58
7. "Hurt Me Tomorrow"
Tedder 3:47
8. "The Sound of My Breaking Heart"
  • Warsame
  • Jimmy Joker
  • RedOne
  • Serrano
  • RedOne
  • Joker
9. "Nothing to Lose" (featuring Nas)
Harmony 3:57
10. "70 Excuses"
  • Warsame
  • West
Sweetwesty 4:11
11. "Bulletproof Pride" (featuring Bono)
  • Sweetwesty
  • Levine
  • Harmony
12. "The Wall"
  • Wilkins
  • Troy NoKA
  • Glass
Total length: 46:58


  • Engineering – Smith Carlson[11]