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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 arranger


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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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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
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Dominique Trenier   Executive Producer
Nikka Costa   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements

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Everybody Got Their Something 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She's very, very funky. Her tracks are kickin' - giving your commercial weary-ears something of interest to listen to. She's got the energy and power of a young Tina Turner, mixed with a Chaka Khan/Rufus groove. Highly Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this the day it was released and I really have not tired of it yet. It is amazing. And if you can find a copy of ''Butterfly Rocket'', get it. It was realeased in Australia ,I believe, and it is also an incredible album. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first learned about Nikka Costa through her music video, ''Like A Feather.'' Unlike many other new artists, Nikka showed (in the music video) a unique style, a depth of character, a genuine search for her own voice. Once I got her lattest cd, ''Everybody Got Their Something,'' I became fascinated by the poetry in her lyrics, by the intensity of her feelings, and by the musical arrangements. One of the aspects that makes her music so appealing to me is the fact that I can actually relate to the experiences which she describes in the different songs. ''Everybody Got Their Something'' talks about freedom, about being human and what our experience amounts to in this life time, it talks about trascendency, about loving and being real. One word to describe Nikka and her work: Genuine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't be surprised to see her album in the top ten range within a month. Her music is catchy, original, and brave. Definitely recommend you buy this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I became aware of the music of Nikka Costa after hearing "Push & Pull" during the credits of the 2001 film, 'Blow.' I think the emotional and climactic ending of the film must have subdued my better judgement. I rushed out and bought 'Everyone Got Their Something' thinking I had discovered for myself the next PJ Harvey or Tori Amos. However, I've listened to the disk only twice now, and I'm not simply tired of it but downright annoyed by it's shallow, repetative and unimaginative lyrics and score. I wondered repeatedly through even my first listen if these tracks weren't simply the leftover backing vocals and rhythm section of some finer artist's album. Costa has a fine voice and the production values are high, but the whole project seems to be deperately seeking a purpose. If you've heard "Push & Pull" and like it - it is the only tolerable track on this album - why not simply buy the 'Blow' soundtrack? You will own the only Costa song worthy of a compact disk, escape the shocking disappointment induced by the remainder of her pathetic repetoire, and you'll get a whole buch of fun 70s music tossed in to the bargain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you wondered who was on that Tommy Hilfiger ad, it's Nikka and girlfriend can sing! If you can imagine Lenny Kravitz and Janis Joplin gettin' busy you've got the idea. I cant stop playing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This woman's voice is unbelievable! Before I knew her well, I always thought that it was a black woman singing on the radio! She definately has IT! ''Hope it Felt Good'' is one of the best songs on the album next to ''Like a Feather'', ''Everybody Got Their Something'' and ''Push and Pull''. Nikka's voice is extremely powerful and will go very far if she keeps on making funky songs like on this album. Can't wait for the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nikka Costa blends funk, soul and R&B to perfection! She's so different and reminds me of a Janis Joplin for the 90's. Her lyrics and music are very fresh and mellow. Go buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She's got it. It's finally nice to see real talent. We have India.Arie/Angie Stone/Jill Scott/Macy Gray. Now we have Nikki Costas. Finally women who know music and lyrics that come from the heart. No bubble-gum pop, just pure raw talent. Ms.Costas has graced us with this CD. If you don't want to take my word for it, just listen to the song ''Nothing''. If this song doesn't grab you, ''nothing'' will.