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Enter Nikka Costa, a Joss Stone before there ever was one. Costa's interested have always been in soul and never meandered into radio-pleasing territory. Even when she unwisely opened for Britney Spears to promote her insurmountably funky Everbody Got Their Something, she admits that the difference between them is like "day and night."
Now catering closer to her fan base as the opener for Lenny Kravitz, Costa is back with her vintage funk and bottomless soul on Cantneverdidnothin'. Dropping the loud "I Don't Think We've Met" from her track list after an early internet leak, the album still is unhurt by this discard. Starting out with the equally thrash "'Til I Get To You," where she alphabetically cites all her lovers until she gets to...you guessed it. Then she continues this heavy rage with the title track before slipping into the more soulful "Fooled Ya Baby."
The album never dwindles, but there are definite standouts. In this case they came following each other. "Happy In The Morning" is an cheery little soul ditty that steals the show and "Hey Love" is a gloomy lullaby that exudes pure emotion.
Other tracks include the lonesome "I Gotta Know," where Costa fuses simple lyrics with a lingering melody, and a rendition of Nina Simone's "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter" with adequate use of a sitar.Read more ›
"can'tneverdidnothin'" (11 tracks plus 1 "hidden" track, 45 min.) can generally be divided up in 2 sides: the harder, funky tracks, and the slower 'ballads'. The album starts off with a blast, "Till I Get To You" (first single), and follows with an equally blazing title track. "Fooled Ya Baby" is a great ballad. Things kick up again later in the second half, with "Swing It Around", and even better the all-out stomper "On & On". The album closes with 2 'ballads', including the great "Fatherless Child". The hidden track is a departure from the rest of the album, just a short, jazzy-feeling song.
It amazes me that this album has not gathered more attention than is has (which is basically none) since its release now almost 2 months ago. I suspect that the absence of a readily radio-friendly track similar to "Like a Feather" plays a big role. What a shame. This is a fine album. Maybe not as great as "Everybody Got Their Something", but still better than, say, 90 percent of albums released these days...
Seperate from that, Nikka Costa is an awesome live act. I've seen her in concert once, and she electrified the audience, giving her all. If you have a chance to see her live, don't miss it!
After gorging on free music during my very own High Fidelity period (circa 1991 - 1998), I purged myself of most of my CD collection and swore off buying any new albums over the intervening years. I discovered that even a few hundred CD's are a pain in the butt to pack and move, and - crazy - the damn things are EXPENSIVE. I won't listen to the tripe played on the radio, and other than the odd gift of an album here and there, I never really thought I'd get back into music.
And then my girlfriend goes and gives me an iPod for Christmas. Man. That quick, and I was addicted again. Thought I'd kicked the habit. Guess not - Since the end of December I've crammed that little gizmo with about 2500 songs.
So - to Nikka Costa's can'tneverdidnothin' (and I might as well include her first CD, Everybody Got Their Something, too, since this has become more of a recommendation than a review). On impulse, after reading the rave reviews posted here, I bought both discs. Can't really explain why - I rarely believe the hype about anything. And besides, the cover of Costa's first CD (where she's in a skimpy skirt, posing, swishing her butt and her swinging her head around) was just waaay to Britney Spears for me, and the cover of can'tneverdidnothin', with her wind-blown hair, wasn't any better. The thing has freakin' butterflies on it. Butterflies! Oh, Man. Seeing these CD's on a rack in a record store would not have led me to impulse buys.
But I listened to y'all; listened to a couple of the posted samples, and took a chance. Let me say, I don't quite get the Joss Stone comparisons that are flying around.Read more ›
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Her best tracks mix 70s funk rock with modern pop.. The weaker tracks are mellow pop tunes, not bad, not overly memorable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Green Manalishi
For me, best female solo act ever. Wondered always why she never rose to stardom.
This album is her best.
This track rocks. A funky, syncopated rhythm arrangement is the anchor that drives this song. This, combined with an aggressive, heart-felt and sexy vocal performance, provides a... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Bluechet
Not quite as amazing throughout as "Everybody Got Their Something," but it's still a good album with a couple of great tracks on it.Published on November 27, 2013 by fifusweater
This, in combination with her other albums, is my favorite music to listen to while I do my workout. "On and On" is great for doing sit-ups. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Joan Sanders
I was a little disappointed with this CD. I literally played Everybody Got Their Something until it was scratched and useless and so I was expecting more of an extension of that. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Suni Jones
A little diappointing. Sometimes she has the most amazing voice but, on this one most of the faster songs she gets too screechy. Slow songs are nice.Published on October 8, 2008 by E.G.