Everybody Got Their Something

Everybody Got Their Something

4.5 9
by Nikka Costa
     
 

From the first three notes of air-tight funk that percolate up through "Like a Feather," her Tommy Hilfiger-ad hit, Nikka Costa's Everybody Got Their Something is designer soul music -- combining '70s rock glam with enough new-millennium urban fashion sense to get everyone from supermodels to supernerds swiveling their hips. Costa, daughter of jazz arrangerSee more details below

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From the first three notes of air-tight funk that percolate up through "Like a Feather," her Tommy Hilfiger-ad hit, Nikka Costa's Everybody Got Their Something is designer soul music -- combining '70s rock glam with enough new-millennium urban fashion sense to get everyone from supermodels to supernerds swiveling their hips. Costa, daughter of jazz arranger Don Costa and herself a former child star in Europe, is buffed to goddess-like shine -- just imagine the hell-raising lovechild of Lenny Kravitz and Shelby Lynne. New York DJ-to-the-stars Mark Ronson coproduced this super chic opus, applying just the right amount of retro funk ("Like a Feather" is anchored by an Ohio Players lick and the slinky title track is a virtual Sly Stone rewrite) to dusty, diggin' in the crates' beats and keep Costa's vibe as current as a spring break 2001 halter top. Nikka, however, deserves props a plenty for her powerhouse voice -- an instrument equally effective in falsetto ("Like a Feather"), on grits 'n' gravy ballads ("Just Because"), and in full-on wail (especially on the searing woman-scorned anthem "Hope It Felt Good" and the psychedelic soul-kiss "Push & Pull") reminscent of the original acid soul mama, Betty Davis. With its fusion of raw talent and savvy marketing, Everybody Got Their Something will surely and deservedly throb from the speakers of a boutique near you. Macy Gray, you're on notice.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Already a multi-platinum-selling artist in Europe and Australia, L.A.-bred singer/songwriter Nikka Costa makes a classy introduction stateside with her Virgin Records debut, Everybody Got Their Something. Produced by Costa, her Aussie rocker husband Justin Stanley, and DJ Mark Ronson, Costa steers clear of fluffy, Lilith Fair sounds in favor of a rough-edged yet sultry selection of soul and urban loops. Like Chaka Khan, Kelis, and Alanis Morissette, Costa has a fierce musical attitude, and the album is strikingly ambitious. The first single, "Like a Feather" is a jazz-funk spiral of attitude and breakbeats, capturing her quick, soulful vocals against synth samples. Her reflections on personal discovery, personal commitments, love, and self-desire are most prominent on "So Have I for You" and "Nothing," but it's the hip-hop-centric title track that truly captures Costa's brawny individualism. "Hope It Felt Good" struts with psychedelic guitars, and Costa's Lenny Kravitz-like allure is downright nasty. Costa's talent goes deeper than superficial glamour and Everybody Got Their Something is a fresh, exciting look at what she can do.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724381009628
catalogNumber:
10096
Rank:
140150

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nikka Costa   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Billy Preston   Clavinet
Larry Corbett   Cello
Richard Dodd   Cello
Pino Palladino   Bass
James Poyser   Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Justin Stanley   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Xylophone,Clavinet,Mellotron,chamberlain,Mini Moog
?uestlove   Drums
Mark Anthony Jones   Guitar
Printz Board   Trumpet,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Russell Elevado   Engineer
Justin Stanley   Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Dominique Trenier   Executive Producer
Nikka Costa   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements

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