Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something
- Artist: Nikka Costa
- Album: Everybody Got Their Something
- Label: Virgin Records
- Year of Release: 2001
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-05-22
Seeing Nikka Costa equally command the Roxy and the sold-out Forum, opening for Prince, led me back to her storied discography. Also enjoy the periodic videos she pops up with on YouTube in "Nikka's Box", proving she's a funny, talented lady (check out her "Go the F to Sleep" video). Of all her albums over the years, which one is the quintessential one that has songs I keep going back to, that never gets old? It's without a doubt, "Everybody Got Their Something". Although I've worn out the singles I got off the album, I'd never heard the whole complete body of work together until recently. Surprisingly drawn to another production by Mark Ronson (somehow he seems to turn up on several of the albums I love), this album followed an EP entitled "The Return of the Funky White B-tch". Enough said.
When I first saw the "Like a Feather" video, I did a double take. It was a very simple concept- a lighted background, a mic stand and a bad-ass outfit but it had a huge impact. I said "Who is this?!?" I was hooked as was Tommy Hilfilger who featured the song in a nationwide campaign. Fittingly recorded partially at Electric Lady studios in NY, combining Tower of Power and Sly and the Family Stone funk rock with a mix of Janis Joplin and Patti Labelle vocals, this album's got a few ass-shaking tracks like the Family Stone "Family Affair" sounding title track, "Everybody Got Their Something", "Hope It Felt Good" and the aforementioned "Like A Feather" that helped start the retro rock/soul revolution of the ‘00s. Not everything has a hard edge as Nikka shows a softer side on "So Have I For You", "Push and Pull" and "Just Because". Nikka had that something that made me sit up and take notice cause "there's a time for every star".
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