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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Nikka Costa has always had plenty of loopy charm -- as borne out by her last, equally oddly titled outing, Everybody Got Their Something -- but over the past four years, she's sharpened the edges of her sound and her attitude. As a result, Can'tneverdidnothin' bubbles with an unflaggingly sweaty energy, a down-home vibe that recalls Ike & Tina Turner's heyday -- particularly on her cover of their "Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter." Naturally enough, that tune is driven by a powerful horn section, but big, bold guitars also come into play, as on "Till I Get to You," a sensual bump 'n' grind that could pass for an old-school Sly Stone jam. In keeping with her ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Nikka Costa has always had plenty of loopy charm -- as borne out by her last, equally oddly titled outing, Everybody Got Their Something -- but over the past four years, she's sharpened the edges of her sound and her attitude. As a result, Can'tneverdidnothin' bubbles with an unflaggingly sweaty energy, a down-home vibe that recalls Ike & Tina Turner's heyday -- particularly on her cover of their "Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter." Naturally enough, that tune is driven by a powerful horn section, but big, bold guitars also come into play, as on "Till I Get to You," a sensual bump 'n' grind that could pass for an old-school Sly Stone jam. In keeping with her refusal to be pigeonholed, Costa peppers the disc with dreamy, Quiet Storm–styled ballads, the best of which, "Hey Love," would play equally well at a summer afternoon wedding or in the honeymoon suite later that night. Costa's strength, however, is her ability to give up the funk with a brassiness that's seldom overdone -- and on tracks like the supple "Swing It Around," she plays to that strength with a confidence that's nothing short of beguiling.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not often that the liner note "thank yous" on a record offer much insight to the album itself, but with Nikka Costa's second album, Can'tneverdidnothin', her four shout-outs help define exactly where she's at. First, there's a thank you to Justin Stanley, her co-writer and producer, who functioned as her chief collaborator. Then, there's Randy Jackson, the American Idol superstar and Nikka's manager, who "fight[s] everyday for the artist I want to be." Then, Lenny Kravitz gets acknowledgements for "the stinkiest groove that whooped my ass everytime," with Prince getting the final tip of the hat for "support, advice and inspiration." Good thing Costa gave credit where credit is due, since Can'tneverdidnothin' bears the imprint of all four inspirations: it plays like an update of a mid-period, mid-'80s Prince album, punctuated by a couple of Lenny's fuzz-drenched retro rockers and given a slick, savvy show-biz presentation that's smart enough to have a couple of stylish, artsy touches like cameos by Jon Brion, Wendy Melovin, and Roots drummer ?uestlove. While it's easy enough to play spot-the-influence here, Costa pulls off a nifty trick by defining herself through her idols, finding her personality within the parameters of Prince and Lenny Kravitz. Not only does she have charisma and a powerful, soulful voice, she's a strong writer and the music here is muscular, funky, and imaginatively arranged, a significant step forward from her promising 2001 debut, Everybody Got Their Something. This is big, dynamic music that cries for a big audience -- the kind of mainstream pop/soul
ock amalgam that got good reviews and airplay in 1990, but is rare in 2005. Not only aren't there many artists making this music, there is no outlet on radio or TV for this kind of sharp, professional, carefully constructed, and passionately performed genre-hopping pop the best you get in 2005 is Joss Stone playing against her strengths in Gap commercials. And that's a shame, because Can'tneverdidnothin' not only deserves to be heard, but it's the kind of splashy, impassioned, infectious record that could make Nikka Costa a star -- maybe not on the level of Prince or Madonna, maybe more like Lenny Kravitz, but a star nonetheless. [Can'tneverdidnothin' was also released in a "clean" version, containing no profanities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094631136320
  • Catalog Number: 11363

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nikka Costa Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Korg, fender rhodes
Lenny Kravitz Bass, Drums, Bass Guitar
Bruce Dukov Violin
Charlie Bisharat Violin
John Blackwell Drums
Jon Brion Synthesizer
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Wendy Melvoin Electric Guitar
James Poyser Moog Synthesizer
Brian Reitzell Drums
Craig Ross Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Justin Stanley Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Kalimba, Mellotron, Fuzz Bass
?uestlove Drums
Jon Brian Organ
Printz Board Horn
Satnam Ramgotra Drums, Turntables
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Tim Izo Orindgreff Horn
Josh Lopez Electric Guitar, Shaker
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Clavinet
Shawn T. Davis Bass
Brian Lebarton Organ, Clavinet
Tim Arindgreff Horn
Stan "Chance" Howard Organ, Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass
Joshua "Trumpet Solo" Lopez Guitar, Electric Guitar, Shaker
Keith Megna Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sitar
Shawn Davis Bass Guitar
Davey Chegwidden Bongos, Conga
Technical Credits
David Campbell String Arrangements
Brian Gardner Mastering
Adam Moseley Engineer
Justin Stanley Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
S. Davis Composer
Len Peltier Art Direction
Steven Rhodes Engineer
Aillene Bullock Composer
C. Ross Composer
Nikka Costa Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tim Izo Orindgreff Horn Arrangements
Tim LeBlanc Engineer
Chris Holmes Engineer
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