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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