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'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, you’ll 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; Costa’s shining moments of uptempo strength come via the funk-heavy tracks, most notably during the cover of Tina Turner’s "Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter", with its spectacular horn section. The CD’s other highlights come in the ballads, most specifically the disc’s 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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Till I Get To You
  2. Can'tneverdidnothin'
  3. Fooled Ya Baby
  4. I Gotta Know
  5. Around The World
  6. Swing It Around
  7. Funkier Than a Mosquita's Tweeter
  8. On & On
  9. Happy In The Morning
  10. Hey Love
  11. Fatherless Child

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B0002Y4T3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The industry might have found refuge is Joss Stone's revival of sweet soul stemming from a couple of decades and withering away when popular music started to take itself too seriously. The thing is, Joss Stone's covers and album and debut both deliver soul music that treads safely between genre lines without being to forceful.

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 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.
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Wow.. it's taken Nikka Costa a LONG time to bring us the follow-up to her 2001 break-out album "Everybody Got Their Something". Who can forget "Like a Feather", that irresitable dance-along from that album. Nikka Costa, a funkier version of Janis Joplin, took her time, and with good results.

"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!
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Forget mistermaxxx's review. Teena Marie is not someone Nikka Costa is trying to be, she has always been her own artist and it shows in this album, featuring a wide range of styles that a lot of artists I feel are lacking these days. If you want heartfelt, it's here. There's passion, there's pain, and if you want rock, you got some of it here. I for one to not feel she is trying or struggling to be someone else, for she is herself and you can hear it here.
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I'll say it again. Wow. I dunno how I missed this girl - but I've got an excuse...

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.
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