Pebble to a Pearl (2008) Poor Nikka. Long before a certain beehived Brit hip-cocked her way into the spotlight, the American-bred Costa was working the retro-soul whitegirl growl like a… 2008-10-14 Nikka Costa R&B
Music Review

Pebble to a Pearl (2008)

SOBER WINO With material better than what's on Pebble to a Pearl , Nikka Costa could make people say, ''Amy, who?''
SOBER WINO With material better than what's on Pebble to a Pearl, Nikka Costa could make people say, ''Amy, who?''
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 14, 2008; Lead Performance: Nikka Costa; Genre: R&B

Poor Nikka. Long before a certain beehived Brit hip-cocked her way into the spotlight, the American-bred Costa was working the retro-soul whitegirl growl like a pro, as evidenced on her excellent, funked-out 2000 debut, Everybody's Got Their Something (coproduced, coincidentally — or not! — by Amy Winehouse collaborator Mark Ronson). Alas, while an increasingly beleaguered Winehouse may have abdicated the throne by personal default, Costa won't likely step in to replace her with Pebble to a Pearl. Though blessed with a singularly smoky, supple voice, she simply lacks the material; Pebble is, incongruously, too smooth to turn into a pearl. B–
Download This: Listen to a preview of ''Cry Baby'' on Amazon.com or tracks from Pebble on NikkaCosta.com

Originally posted Oct 07, 2008 Published in issue #1016 Oct 17, 2008 Order article reprints
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