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  • Summary: This is the debut American release for the Tokyo-born (but internationally-raised) singer-songwriter, who is the daughter of producer Don Costa and the goddaughter of Frank Sinatra. Costa has been performing since the age of five and has already scored hits in Europe and Australia.
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  1. An intoxicating starburst of self affirming R&B...
  2. In a just universe, Nikka Costa, with her near-perfect American debut, Everybody Got Their Something, would become the ‘00s answer to Janis Joplin, Teena Marie and Like a Virginal Madonna.
  3. Costa is a potent force with all the ballsy punch of a power rocker and the brazen belt of a sharp-tongued R&B survivor.
  4. For all the back story that precedes her, and even with an already overplayed first single, Everybody is a terrific debut.
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    Everybody Got Their Something has something for almost everybody... [Jul 2001, p.86]
  6. The funk-by-numbers grooves of Everybody's Got Their Something borrow heavily from the likes of Sly Stone, Chaka Khan and early Prince, but do so with such affection and spirit that it's hard to take offense.
  7. This album is bollocks. Not the bollocks, mind, just plain old fashioned middle-American bollocks, the sort of 70s, vaguely psychedelic-tinted, vaguely funkdefied bollocks that Lenny Kravitz and old school MTV made their own.

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  1. MarvinfromPR
    Apr 26, 2005
    10
    This album is brilliant. A brilliant debut by a brilliant performer. The woman surpasses anything she might have ever recorded in her live This album is brilliant. A brilliant debut by a brilliant performer. The woman surpasses anything she might have ever recorded in her live performances. The album has some near-perfect songs, like the only song anyone who doesn't care about good music will probably recognize; I'm talking about Like A Feather here, and less known stuff like Just Because, So Have I For You and Tug Of War. The album is great, check it out. But if you get the chance to see Nikka perform these songs live, believe me, you will be amazed. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2010
    10
    Greeat Album! I found Nikka out when I heard one of her songs on a movie! "Like a Feather" is the best song ont he album and "Everybody GotGreeat Album! I found Nikka out when I heard one of her songs on a movie! "Like a Feather" is the best song ont he album and "Everybody Got Their Somethin" is the second best song and is an album to definitely check out Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2014
    10
    One of the smoothest, funkiest records ever recorded, truly breathtakingly beautiful. So much soul, both of the music and the human variety. AOne of the smoothest, funkiest records ever recorded, truly breathtakingly beautiful. So much soul, both of the music and the human variety. A fantastic album to sing and especially dance to, Nikka Costa's genre-mixing and vocals-mixing makes one extremely underrated album. She utilises both the sultry soulful element of her voice as well as her piercing, 'high notes'. Speaking of, I am pretty stoned, but yeah goddamn this album is awesome, I just listened to it and I was rocking out from start to finish. This record is not one genre, while it is overwhelmingly funky, you will also hear R&B, soul, and jazz sounds. Also features two legends in ?uestlove (of the Roots) on drums and Billy Preston (only person to be on a song with the Beatles, aka 'The Fifth Beatle') on clarinet. Expand

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