'Can'tneverdidnothin' is the beautiful, badass sound of one woman's soul. And nobody has a soul quite as beautiful or badass as Nikka Costa. It's been three years since her last hit release, the critically acclaimed, 'Everybody's Got Their Something' featuring "Like A Feather," and Nikka is back delivering the funk on her latest release, 'can'tneverdidnothin'. And if you are not familiar with Nikka, think Prince meets Lenny Krativz, meets Tina Turner, all rolled up into a sexy white chick with fiery red hair. Funk, Rock and Soul. Written and co-produced by Costa, 'can'tneverdidnothin', Nikka also got an assist from Lenny Kravitz and Craig Ross who play on the album. Listen to 'can'tneverdidnothin' because it's all those great things. It's sweaty and scramy and as soulful as the woman herself. Virgin. 2005.
Somewhere on a soulful musical timeline between Sly Stone and Joss Stone, youll find Nikka Costa. While many find chart success by putting out palpable but forgettable pop/soul mixes, with "can'tneverdidnothin'" Costa has once again written and recorded a funk/soul/rock mix that rises her above the plethora of pseudo-soul. Coming from a family tree with deep musical roots (her father Don
was a well-respected producer/arranger who worked with Sinatra
and Sammy Davis Jr.
), Nikka Costa began her recording career at the age of eight, where she scored a European hit with her cover of "Out Here On My Own" from the movie Fame
. For the next 20 years, Costa put out a handful of releases she herself has downplayed as inferior before coming into her first considered real solo effort, the impressive, soul-filled Everybody Got Their Something
. For her new release, the funk and rock has been turned up considerably; Costas shining moments of uptempo strength come via the funk-heavy tracks, most notably during the cover of Tina Turners
"Funkier Than A Mosquitos Tweeter", with its spectacular horn section. The CDs other highlights come in the ballads, most specifically the discs two closers, the tender "Hey Love" and the raw emotion of "Fatherless Child" about the passing of her legendary dad. "can'tneverdidnothin'" is a disc that is rare in it's authentic, sincere groove, and it seems likely that as Costa continues to grow, so will the depth of her music. --Denise Sheppard