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  • Summary: Justin Stanley produced and co-wrote the R&B singer's second album, which also includes collaborations with ?uestlove, Lenny Kravitz and Jon Brion.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. Equal parts soul, funk, rock and blues, "can'tneverdidnothin'" continues to showcase the fiery, audacious style first heard on Nikka Costa's 2001 debut.
  3. Costa backs away from hip-hop beats and glossy pop melodies and instead digs into meatier classic-rock and soul influences like Sly Stone and Janis Joplin.
  4. There's overcompensation here: Ms. Costa has long been self-conscious about being a white woman singing rhythm and blues. But the songs, proffering boasts and exhortations to self-improvement, repay every exertion. [12 Jun 2005]
  5. Finds her instantly accessible sound evolving at a satisfying pace. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.130]
  6. Understated pop funk that breeds cheap thrills but not enough songs.
  7. Full of screeching, hollering, and contrived "yo' mama" jive talk. [27 May 2005, p.141]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. ZoliT
    Sep 7, 2005
    10
    This album is so great, better like "Everybody got their something" This album is more powerfull, Nikka's voice is even more stronger. This album is so great, better like "Everybody got their something" This album is more powerfull, Nikka's voice is even more stronger. This album is great, whatever says the big everybody, it's cool! Expand
  2. hassans
    Jun 1, 2005
    10
    'Can'tneverdidnothin'' is a masterpiece-and like most masterpieces, it's ahead of it's time, and most people 'Can'tneverdidnothin'' is a masterpiece-and like most masterpieces, it's ahead of it's time, and most people probably won't be able to fully appreciate it until a great deal of time after the fact. It's Nikka raw-just like it should be. GO GET IT!! Expand
  3. AllisonD
    Jun 7, 2005
    10
    like all great albums they must be listened to beyond the instore click through. this album is amazing, real to the core. her lyrics tell like all great albums they must be listened to beyond the instore click through. this album is amazing, real to the core. her lyrics tell stories like no other and she is carving her our path. even if the industry doesn't support her now they will soon come around to the world she has created. Expand
  4. mikes
    Jun 1, 2005
    6
    Good album solid effort, but have to agree with marvin, i saw her on jay leno, she is awesome live, plus she is a super hotty which would Good album solid effort, but have to agree with marvin, i saw her on jay leno, she is awesome live, plus she is a super hotty which would probably up her live performance to like an 11 out 10, def one of the best r & B albums of 2005 hands down. Expand
  5. JasperB
    Nov 13, 2005
    6
    Not as fun as I was hoping it would be, but still enjoyable. Beautiful album cover also :-D
  6. emesem
    Jun 22, 2005
    6
    A disapointment after her last record and the long wait. I love this girl but the songs just dont stand up. The ommission of "I dont think A disapointment after her last record and the long wait. I love this girl but the songs just dont stand up. The ommission of "I dont think we've met" is idiotic Expand
  7. Matt
    Jun 9, 2005
    3
    Really lost her mastery of funk/pop on this one. There are a couple moments that give me hope that she'll get it back. But buy any songs Really lost her mastery of funk/pop on this one. There are a couple moments that give me hope that she'll get it back. But buy any songs you like on iTunes. Expand

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